Magazine article Public Finance

End of the Affair?

Magazine article Public Finance

End of the Affair?

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It's no wonder that NHS workers are confused. Having been courted by New Labour over nine years and treated to all manner of riches, they now find that the relationship has turned sour.

Ministers are openly flirting with private sector providers and forcing trusts to make cuts and sack staff. Meanwhile, plenty has lost out to prudence as under-pressure employers insisted this week that NHS pay rises should be capped at 2%.

Temptation is never far away in these circumstances. But few would have expected the suitor to come in the shape of the Conservatives - a former dalliance that many in the NHS would like to forget.

The Tories, of course, claim they have changed. They now advocate social responsibility and are the party of sunshine and optimism. Their leader, David Cameron, comes a-wooing with an easy charm and clever repartee.

The NHS is an 'inspiration', it is one of the greatest achievements of the twentieth century' and there should be no more cuts, he told delegates in Bournemouth. More to the point, a Tory government 'will always support the NHS with the funding it needs'. …

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