A discussion paper has been released this week through the Conservative Policy Forum seeking the views of Tory activists on major changes to health policy. There is only one reason for these questions to be asked – the Conservative party are seeking to deliver them and want to ensure the support exists among their core. This includes asking activists whether they believe there should be a limit on the number of times a person can visit their GP each year. These questions threaten the basic principles of the NHS.
The Principles of the NHS
The National Health Service was launched by Labour Health Minister Aneurin Bevan, on July 5th 1948, with three founding principles:
- that it meet the needs of everyone
- that it be free at the point of delivery
- that it be based on clinical need, not ability to pay
The questions addressed to Tory activists…
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