Thursday, 20 January 2011

NHS following disastrous rail privatisation under Tory coalition


Imagine a national health service where the equivalent of this could happen.

You try to get off the train at a deserted station, no station staff, no guard on the train. Your leg is caught in the automatic doors and you are dragged to your mutilated fate.

Luckily, Mark Simpson pulled himself free while his partner was left inside the National Express train at Rayleigh and had to make her way back from the next station along the line by taxi. But Simpson was a tough male. Anyone else would probably have died. As have passengers (no, we are not just 'customers', defined buy our purchase-power) who have been stabbed and mugged at stations left unmanned to protect the health of shareholder dividends.

As for the soaring costs of travel by rail, bus and tube, making us one of the most expensive countries in the world to get around, what a joke. So much for getting us out of our cars.

It is to New Labour's shame that they refused to reverse John Major's (remember him?) destructive move to privatise rail in the dying days of the last Tory government. During the wealthiest decade this nation has ever seen with tons of money sloshing around and a mandate for progressive change, Labour under Blair and Brown squandered our hopes and left us at the mercy of the upper classes now back in the driving seat.

We can look forward to the NHS being similarly incompetent, dangerous and expensive thanks to the Tories and the Lib Dems and their carving up the service, something we did not vote for.

I hope the trade unions note the students' anger and follow suit because the violence inherent in the policies of this Tory-led government is killing us.

4 comments:

Gwei Mui said...

God help us all!

Robert said...

Our railways have always been a bit of a laughing stock, go back to the steam trains which I can remember, nothing to see a train come in four or five hours later.

The sad fact trains have always been seen as an expensive way to travel, it was to expensive to run so Beaching decided to close everything, well almost everything.

But when we want to go green and we are trying to make our global green credential with a small carbon foot print our railways are again shocking.

Labour and the Tories could not care a shit about travel it's tax and profits which work for them.

I had to travel to Cardiff to get a special treatment the hospital decided it was cheaper to pay for a taxi then give me a railway warrant (ticket)to travel.

Then i had to go to Stoke maderville and believe me we ended up with a taxi costing less then a train ticket.

But if you look at new labour and Blair, and I'm watching Blair now, I cannot say I'm surprised we have ended up with 13 years of no change

Madam Miaow said...

Hi Robert, the day a taxi is cheaper than the rail fare is the day the government should realise the railways aren't working except to make a profit. I'd like to see rail in public hands again and run for our convenience.

Hope your treatment got you better.

Gwei Mui, it feels like we are being transfomed into a third world nation, doesn't it?

Robert said...

My treatment left me Paraplegic, I was in a coma for six weeks came out of that without the ability to walk anbd suffering chronic pain.....

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