@NHAParty ‏@jakepitt_ read his bland words and read what hasn’t been said.

You’re right he has spoken out about what’s happening to the NHS. The passion makes you catch your breath.

I’m sure that Mirror readers, who waded through the obligatory verbiage, deploring the Nasty Tories (Yes, I know that’s tautological) will have been heartened by these words:

The next Labour government will start to put NHS values, not Tory values, back at the heart of it.

We would repeal David Cameron’s Health Act and reinstate the ­Secretary of State’s duty to provide a comprehensive health service.

We will stop the fragmentation and the privatisation of our NHS so we keep it as a truly national service and begin rebuilding the ethos of our NHS – so that its first 65 years are not the last.

Them’s fighting words.

NHS values what does that mean? Tories use the phrase with equal facility. It says nothing beyond what we’d demand from the privateer’s.

the ­Secretary of State’s duty to provide a comprehensive health service………………

again, used with equal facility by Tories and privateers. Not a synonym with a duty of care, which implies that profit is not the main concern. Ed’s phrase allows for a two tier service.

We will stop the fragmentation and the privatisation of our NHS. …….

That’s great but by the time he gets power, there’ll be nothing left to be fragmented or privatised. Wards, A&E’s will have been sold off, asset stripped and disembowelled. ……” favouring NHS suppliers” assumes that any will still be left.

begin rebuilding the ethos of our NHS…………… is not the same as “begin rebuilding the  NHS

The man is a weasel using weasel phrases.

I can already see him facing a tame BBC interviewer and condescendingly explaining how “that’s not what I actually said”… “obviusly, we can’t afford to restore……, because of the actions of the last Government”.

Learn to read what isn’t said.

 

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