Govt may not treat social care as part of NHS – but Virgin Care happy to

The SKWAWKBOX

nhs-devoured

While everyone’s attention has been focused across the Atlantic following the election of the appalling Donald Trump, vital things are happening here to almost no notice whatever.

Ironically, since they forced a massive top-down reorganisation on the NHS under the ‘Health and Social Care Act 2012′, the government has steadfastly refused to treat the NHS and social care as a single whole, even though they plainly are. Maintaining this stance allows them to maintain the fiction (in fact an outright lie) that NHS funding is increasing – while burdens on the NHS are increased massively by huge cuts to social care resulting from drastic reductions in funding to local councils.

But while the government may politically insist that the two are separate, the huge corporations that are devouring the NHS are more than happy to treat the two as one thing.

It was announced today that Virgin Care, which has already…

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