NHS Privatisation and Data Mining

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Since 1979 (and the Tory election victory of that year) the attacks on the Socialist NHS have been intensified, with the rightwing objective of stripping the British nation of good quality and ‘free’ healthcare at the point of use, and to replace the NHS with a system premised upon private medical insurance.  Tony Blair’s ‘New’ Labour continued this process of privatisation with his ‘private finance initiative’ (PFI), which saw private firms such as ‘Virgin’, buy large swathes of the NHS to be run for (their) profit, whilst possessing no medical knowledge or skills whatsoever.  New Labour’s betrayal of the NHS facilitated the final sell-off and effective abolition of the NHS in 2012 under the Tory and LibDem Coalition.  To make the NHS seem more attractive to private business interests, the law was changed in 2012 so that it is nolonger a legal requirement to a) treat a patient, and b) treat a patient appropriately.  With these safe-guards removed, private companies can make any cuts in staff, services and standards to retain profit margins, and not be breaking UK health law.  This is why people are now dying of NHS ‘neglect’, ‘starvation’, and ‘incorrect’ or ‘deficient’ treatment, and no one is being prosecuted.  Furthermore, doctors are now recording such deaths as ‘natural’ and not ‘suspicious’.  This is, of course, the product of ‘denial’, as the current Tory government states time and again that the NHS is safe in their hands, whilst continuously pursuing destructive policies that run counter to that claim. When every British citizen is born, they are given an NHS number.  This confirms their status and eligibility for ‘free’ NHS treatment.  However, as the socialised NHS is closing-down, faceless private companies are taking-over various services in a piece-meal fashion, and in a haphazard manner.  On the surface, however, these private firms still continue to use the ‘NHS’ logo, and the only way to tell that the service is nolonger under government administration, is the dangerously ‘deficient’ nature of that service, and the poorly trained and poorly paid staff that have replaced properly and medically trained NHS staff.  Another way to detect this deterioration in professional standards, is to observe how private firms currently do not have access to your medical data stored on the NHS data-system.  This is a problem for private health insurance firms, who need access to NHS patient medical history to calculate how high or low the premium is to be set for each individual, once the NHS transitions to full privatisation.  This ‘private’ medical information is also used to ascertain whether very ill individuals will receive any insurance over whatsoever, as such individuals are deemed ‘unprofitable’ and rejected out of the private health insurance industry.  This is because the private health insurance industry punishes those who use medical resources more than occasionally – the exact opposite of the premise of the original NHS.  Those people who are disabled or who suffer from long-term or degenerate illnesses are viewed as a drain on profits and discouraged from using the privatised health services.  Before the private health companies can apply this discriminative policy, however, they must acquire the private medical records of all NHS patients, because without this data, ‘probability’ and ‘risk’ cannot be properly calculated in a lawful manner. As NHS medical records are currently off-limits, ‘NHS’ hospitals and GP Surgeries that are collaborating with the privatisation process, have started granting rudimentary ‘free’ healthcare only after the patient concerned ‘voluntarily’ provides numerous details about their job, earnings, current address,  number of children, major illnesses, disabilities, blood group, general medical history and details of accidents, etc.  What must be remembered is that none of this information is relevant for the consultation at hand, and that if the ‘NHS’ hospital or GP Surgery was still in the NHS system, it would have access to all NHS medical data, and would not have to provide a ‘questionnaire’ at the point of first contact.  I suspect that this policy is illegal and is only being allowed by the current Tory government as part of a ‘quick’ sell-off of the NHS.

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