Only one in four back NHS reforms
Sunday 12 February 2012
Only one in four people supports the Government's controversial health reforms, according to a trade union study today.
A survey of over 1,600 adults by Unison also found that almost two thirds do not trust the Government to handle the NHS. Less than a third were in favour of GPs having the power to commission health services from private companies - a central plank of the reforms.
Only 12% of 2010 Lib Dem voters supported the bill and just 20% trusted the Government's handling of the NHS, the research found.
Two thirds of 2010 Lib Dem voters were against private companies being commissioned by GPs to provide services.
Unison urged the Government to listen to patients, health professionals, unions, Royal Colleges, think tanks, and to the public, and to drop its bill.
General secretary Dave Prentis said: "The Government has to drop its Health and Social Care Bill. Unison's poll shows that the hundreds of amendments, and the so-called listening exercise simply haven't worked.
"The public doesn't trust the Government with the NHS and realises that this Frankenstein bill will mean the end of the health service as we know it.
"The Tory-led coalition is going back on pre-election promises, ploughing on despite the mounting opposition to this expensive re-organisation. Meanwhile, all over the country health workers are losing their jobs, as patients have pain-relieving operations cancelled.
"The Government needs to start listening. Voters will never forgive, or forget, the party that ruins our NHS."
- 1 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 2 Drugs Live cannabis trial: Hash is less harmful than any other drug, expert claims
- 3 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
- 4 African jawbone discovery pushes birth of humanity back by 400,000 years
- 5 The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
Out-of-touch MPs ‘don’t get it’, says ex-Civil Service chief
George Clooney and Amal fail to get special treatment at New York restaurant
'A girl is more responsible for rape than a boy': The statement that shocked the world... except India
African jawbone discovery pushes birth of humanity back by 400,000 years
The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Outspoken Putin critic who had expressed fears for his life is killed near the Kremlin
£16500 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This specialist historic buildi...
£18000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This small but very busy (and f...
£14000 - £16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company has become known a...
£35000 - £38000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This leading provider of refrig...