With news that Sir Stuart Rose, former head of retail giant Marks & Spencers, having been appointed as an adviser responsible for overhauling the NHS management of failing hospitals; one cannot help but think this is another nail in the coffin for the NHS. Let me provide you with some background information on dear Sir Stuart.
Sir Stuart sits on the advisory board of Bridgepoint, an international private equity group that is the chief stakeholder of private health firm Care UK. One of the responsibilities Sir Stuart has been bestowed with is to review the 14 trusts who currently in ‘special measures.’ One of the trusts that Sir Stuart will be so called aiding is George Eliot NHS Hospital Trust, which is currently subject to a takeover bid by darling Stuart’s very own Care UK. This is essentially crony capitalism at its best. However let us not overlook this microcosm. Changes made to the NHS by this ideological dogmatic government have resulted in outsourcing and the awarding of over two hundred contracts to the private sector as well allowing competition to infiltrate the NHS.
What we are unfortunately witnessing is the privatisation of a sacred institution, one that provides us with our social rights, which provides us with a relationship with the state. The reason for this? Well it is simply to do with the neo-liberal agenda that is being pushed through not only in the UK but on a global scale. This is being done through what Naomi Klein terms ‘shock therapy’.
In regards to the NHS Sir Stuart and his private equity firm are clearly emerging as the winners; they will profit from our sacred institution who has served us loyally while we lose out on universal healthcare and will only be treated based on our income. This privatisation is a way to establish individualism in our society, which will serve well to firmly root neo-liberalism which in turn serves as a means for the bourgeoisie to prosper and continuously win. While we, the proletariat, are endlessly exploited and lose. So while the appointment of Sir Stuart Rose may not appear such attention-grabbing information when we look deeper into it we uncover that it is in fact part of a wider plan. An exceedingly deadly one.