YOUR VIEW: Healthcare: Tories could finish the job

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I would like to reply to the letter in last week’s Lincolnshire Free Press entitled ‘What hope do we have?’

I agree with the author that the delays in treatment that his granddaughter received is unacceptable, but it is all too common in this day and age.

I once telephoned for an ambulance when a friend had a heart attack in Deeping St James, and the ambulance came from Grimsby.

The NHS has been starved of funds since 2010 by the Tory government, meaning that the NHS is close to breaking point.

So let us look at why this situation has occurred:

- The number of unfilled GP posts quadrupled in three years from 2.1 per cent in 2010 to 7.9 per cent in 2013.

- More than 500 GP surgeries closed up to 2014.

- In the UK, we are not training enough doctors and nurses, and relying on more expensive agency staff to fill the roles.

- Since 2010, four million A&E patients have waited more than four hours for treatment, a near tripling on a weekly basis.

- Sixteen per cent of A&E departments have closed since 2010.

- The Government has handed billions of pounds in contracts to private companies who make between five and six per cent profit.

- Five hundred hospitals are now run by private enterprises.

- NHS Direct has been replaced with a for-profit 111 service.

- Almost 80 per cent of NHS 111 staff processing calls have no clinical expertise.

- The Government is on course to cut NHS spending per patient by 9.1 per cent by 2018/19.

- Many NHS trusts now operate in deficit.

- Ambulance trusts have made large cuts to their staff and fleets since April 2010 (East Midlands Ambulance Service has cut its staff by 13 per cent and its fleet by 100 vehicles).

- Sixty-plus ambulance stations have been axed.

- Spending on private ambulances has more than doubled.

Let us not forget that the Tory Party never wanted an NHS service, and voted 21 times against its formation in 1946.

The same political party is now starving the NHS of funds, while stealthily privatising it.

If the Tories win the next general election, they will finish the job and destroy the NHS, forcing the people to take out private health insurance or pay for treatment.

Those people who cannot pay will not get treated.

The NHS is our greatest achievement, and the envy of the world. Please don’t let the Tory Government take it away.