Wholesale public service job cuts ruled out after Labour leader says he wants to protect workers‘ security
The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, says he wants to protect workers‘ security but is pushing for cuts to be reversed after he admitted he backed plans to privatise parts of National Health Service.
Corbyn, who was elected to lead the party in 2015, says the cuts were not in the manifesto and he has been forced to make them because of mounting public 포커anger over NHS privatisation and the increasing numbers of nurses and social care workers.
„We want to restore the NHS as a public service that goes out into the communities but that also reflects society, not just the needs of the few,“ he told MPs at PMQs on Sunday.
He conceded that Labour would cut some NHS posts – including hospital jobs – but insisted that would not mean more privatisation. „My aim is to rebuild the NHS because you are losing jobs and this will be the most damaging of the actions that are being taken.“
Corbyn’s proposal to sell the NHS to private companies, however, has been strongly resisted by both the Labour party and a vast majority of senior NHS officials.
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham, who called for national health policy to reflect the needs of workers, said the government should follow the example of the British manufacturing sector and reduce the government’s responsibility for health service spending.
„This government should not make decisions that favour those at the top at the expense of the vast majority,“ he said. „If, as promised, they offer no further money for the NHS then they should follow through with the action outlined today.“
John Prescott, the director of health and public wellbeing at the Royal College of Physicians, called Corbyn’s offer „a dangerous departure“ from the Labour manifesto, and called for the party to be ready to „revive“ existing Nat원나잇ional Health Service as a publicly owned enterprise – a change he said should be made at its national conference in Liverpool on 5 July.
He said: „With over three million fewer people getting NHS care in England and 2.2 million fewer being treated by specialist doctors, the public sector now faces a massive shortage of doctors and nurses. Labour should stand firm and act to end privatisation immediately by taking action to restructure the health service and replace it with publicly funded health-care services and training.“
David Bell, chief executive of the Wellcome Trust, which runs the NHS, said the government’s proposals on NHS funding w광주안마ere „extremely unwise“.