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Interview 'The NHS belongs to us'

DR MONA KAMAL tells Ben Cowles why it is everyone's responsibility to hold this Tory government to account over their failure to support the NHS properly

EVER since the Tories came into power in 2010, they have failed to fund our NHS properly, causing a permanent crisis for the service.

Patients are dying in overcrowded hospital waiting rooms and corridors. Our NHS staff are overworked and underpaid in understaffed hospitals.

This wilful mismanagement is designed to delegitimise the idea of a free and publicly owned health service and to open hospital doors to the machinations of the free market. 

All of this is being done under the guise of austerity, “living within our means” and a lack of a magic money tree, but there is always taxpayer money for wars, for drone bombs, for spying on us incessantly, for state visits for despotic leaders, for wasteful PFI contracts and for bailing out dodgy banks and businesses. 

As our money ends up in the coffers of private corporations, it is squirrelled away into offshore tax havens, starving vital public services of the funds they need.

It needn’t be this way. We do, after all, live in the 5th or 6th richest country in the world. Our NHS has been around for 70 years. If we could afford it then, when the economy was ravaged by the second world war, we can surely afford it now.

The above podcast featurette is an interview with a mental health doctor and NHS campaigner Mona Kamal. 

She talks to me about the current state of the NHS, how the Tories are deliberately setting the NHS up to fail, how staff are affected and why everyone must defend our NHS.


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