May came under fire at PMQs from Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, for what he sees as her Tory “government tearing up the founding principles of the NHS and putting private profit before public service.”
May retorted “we have made sure we remain true to the founding principle of the NHS that it is free at the point of delivery,” adding that even the former Labour Health Secretary Andy Burnham had supported the contribution of the private sector.
"The former Health minister, now the mayor for Manchester said the private sector puts its capacity into the NHS for the benefit of NHS patients, which I think most people in the country would celebrate,” she continued.
This and May’s claim that the Tories have put in extra funding since 2010, keeping the NHS “free at the point of use,” drew jeers from the opposition benches. Corbyn later proclaimed a somewhat uncomfortable truth for the Tories, that it was they who voted against the introduction of the NHS back in 1948.
It seems particularly pertinent that PMQs was dominated by the NHS, on a day when a campaign group, once backed by the late physicist Hawking, reaches the high court. JR4NHS, a group founded by three doctors and a university professor, has brought legal proceedings to challenge Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s plans to open up the NHS to increased involvement of private companies.
Before his death in March, Hawking had warned that the introduction of American-style accountable care organizations (ACOs), under the stewardship of Hunt, would see private companies run sections of the NHS and social services that would constitute an "attack on the fundamental principles of the NHS,” report AOL.'
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