“Privatisation is well down the road in our NHS – what we should be campaigning for the Renationalisation of our NHS. And I’ll tell you where the money comes from – it should come from tax avoidance and tax evasion, the corporate elite who rob from the Treasury £40 billion every year. If the govt spent half it’s energy on that instead of attacking the very heroes who raced out of St Thomas’ last week – disregarding their own safety to help people. Invest in our NHS and renationalise it.”
What is the price, the human cost of that privatisation? An ONS report says some NHS Staff are at an increased risk of suicide due to the increased pressure placed on the NHS by budget cuts and staffing shortages. The report comes as doubts over the position of EU nationals forces European NHS staff to leave the service in droves, exacerbating the problem. This shows yet more evidence that the Conservatives are partaking in a concerted effort to pressurise the NHS to breaking point pending privatisation.
A report by the Office of National Statistics has found that among women the risk of NHS Staff committing suicide was 23% up on the national average. The Office Of National Statistics explained that:
“THIS IS LARGELY EXPLAINED BY HIGH SUICIDE RISK AMONG FEMALE NURSES. ELEVATED SUICIDE AMONG FEMALE NURSES COULD BE LINKED TO A HIGH INCIDENCE OF PSYCHIATRIC ILLNESS.”
Most suicides among nurses were by poisoning, linked to their knowledge of and access to drugs. This increased suicide rate has coincided with the increased pressure put on the NHS by demand, but more importantly from the starvation of funding from Theresa May & Jeremy Hunt. Coupled with the Tory’s refusal to guarantee the status of those EU citizens currently serving in our NHS, the Service is facing a staffing crisis.
“THE GOVERNMENT RISKS TURNING OFF THE SUPPLY OF QUALIFIED NURSES FROM AROUND THE WORLD AT THE VERY MOMENT THE HEALTH SERVICE IS IN A STAFFING CRISIS LIKE NEVER BEFORE. AS SHE PULLS THE TRIGGER TO BEGIN NEGOTIATIONS, THE PRIME MINISTER MUST TELL EU NURSES AND THOSE IN OTHER OCCUPATIONS THAT THEY ARE NEEDED AND WELCOME IN THE NHS. SADLY, IT IS NO SURPRISE THAT EU STAFF ARE LEAVING – THEY HAVE BEEN OFFERED NO SECURITY OR REASSURANCE THAT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO KEEP THEIR JOBS. FEW ARE ABLE TO LIVE WITH SUCH UNCERTAINTY.
THE GOVERNMENT HAS FAILED TO TRAIN ENOUGH BRITISH NURSES AND CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSE THE INTERNATIONAL WORKFORCE ON WHICH THE NHS SO HEAVILY RELIES.”
Janet Davies, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing.
The Pressures driving up suicide rates among staff in the NHS won’t be helped by driving yet more staff from the service. Failing to confirm the status of the foreign born staff serving in our NHS means that those who can will leave the service. Those who remain in the service will take the increased strain, and the suicide rate in the workforce will as a result increase. Sickeningly, the same study explained overall the smallest rates of suicide were for the managers & chief executives in the NHS.
A message from Nurses on social media stated :
“PLEASE LOOK OUR FOR YOURSELVES AND YOUR COLLEAGUES- THESE ARE INCREDIBLY TOUGH TIMES AND JUST ASKING SOMEONE IF THEY ARE “OK” COULD MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE. SPEAK TO ONE ANOTHER IF YOU ARE FEELING LIKE YOU ARE DOWN OR CANNOT COPE.
YOU CAN ALSO CALL THE SAMARITANS IF YOU NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE ELSE (THERE ARE A NUMBER OF OTHER CHARITIES ETC TOO).”
This comes in the Wakes of Jeremy Hunt’s NHS Data breach scandal, in which 700,000 patients personal health data ‘went missing’ from the Department of Health. Is the NHS safe with the Conservatives? Not according to former Tory Prime Minister John Major