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Theresa May’s secret plans to replace NHS England with private US healthcare system Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is a private healthcare organisation based in California.
But unlike many other private healthcare companies in the US, Kaiser provides a complete model of integrated pre-paid insurance along with healthcare which is supposedly provided free at the point of need.
This is a system much like our own NHS but with three major differences – Kaiser’s healthcare provision is much more expensive than the NHS, the healthcare provision side is run for profit and unlike the NHS its cover isn’t comprehensive – it only covers those people who are in work.
Despite that, Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt seems to love Kaiser. He and other ministers have personally visited the company at its California headquarters – several times in fact:
And Kaiser’s own website lists other recent visitors from the UK, including many NHS hospitals and NHS trusts as well as HM Treasury and the Ministry of Health itself:
In text format those UK participants are:
Advancing Quality Alliance
Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Ashton, Leigh & Wigan Community Healthcare
Benenden Healthcare Society
Black Country Family Practice
Blackburn Borough Council
Blackheath Medical Centre
Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Birmingham and Solihull NHS Cluster
Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Birmingham Heartlands Hospital
Bramhall Park Medical Centre
Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Bupa Health and Wellbeing UK
Calibre Clinical Commissioning Group
Central Manchester GP Commissioning Consortium
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership
Cornwall Care Ltd.
Countess of Chester Hospital
Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group
Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust
Department of Health
East Cheshire Commissioning Consortium
East Cheshire NHS Trust
East Lancashire Hospitals Trust
East Midlands Leadership Academy
Eastern Birmingham Primary Care Trust
Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust
Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
H3Plus Commissioning Group
Health and Social Care Board
Health for London CSL
HealthWorks Commissioning Consortium
Heart of Birmingham Teaching Primary Care Trust
Holly Bank Surgery
James Paget University Hospitals
Jarvis Medical Practice
John Radcliffe Hospital
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Leodis Pathfinder Consortia
Liverpool Community Health
Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Mersey Care NHS Trust
Mid Hampshire Primary Care Trust
Ministry of Health
NHS Blackburn with Darwen
NHS East Lancashire
NHS Foundation Trust
NHS Lancashire Care
NHS North Somerset
NHS North West
NHS North West Leadership Academy
NHS Trafford Primary Care Trust
North Lancashire PCT
North of England NHS Commissioning Board
Nottingham Healthcare NHS Trust
Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre
Pathfinder Healthcare Development
Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Portsmouth City Primary Care Trust
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Quayside Medical Practice
Queen Square Medical Practice
Robin Lane Medical Centre
Royal Bolton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Royal College of Physicians of England
Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust
Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
South Central Strategic Health Authority
South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group
South Devon Healthcare Foundation Trust
South Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group
South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Stanford School of Medicine
StHealth Clinical Commissioning Consortium
Stockport Managed Care
Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
Stonepoint & Partners
Sussex Cancer Network
The King’s Fund
Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care Trust
Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust
Trafford Provider Services
University of Birmingham
University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Group
Weston Area Health Trust
Wirral GP Commissioning Consortium
Wirral NHS Alliance
Wirral Primary Care Trust
Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
We have already seen that US firms are looking to capitalise as the NHS becomes increasingly privatised, including Kaiser Permanente Foundation‘s senior vice president Hal Wolf who has openly called for the NHS to become “more like Kaiser Permanente“.
Alarmingly, Theresa May has specifically refused to guarantee she will not open up the NHS to US firms in a post-Brexit trade deal across the Atlantic.
Understanding the plans to replace the NHS with the Kaiser Permanente system explains why there has been a recent speeding up of the ongoing marketisation and privatisation of the NHS.
It also explains why the Tories were so desperate to push through their disastrous NHS reforms in the first place. A central plank of the NHS reforms was the formation of Clinical Commissioning Groups – which were openly based on Kaiser’s Permanente Medical Groups and which also happen to be a central plank of Kaiser’s healthcare system.
And understanding the plans to replace the NHS across England with the Kaiser Permanente system goes a long way to explaining why Theresa May has done nothing to resolve the worsening NHS crisis, which she is gambling will only make the public more keen to see changes to a system that is being deliberately broken.
So if the Tories win in June – say goodbye to the NHS in England and hello to Kaiser Permanente …
This is what Graham Mills, 73, discovered when he confronted the Prime Minister before her speech at Netherton Conservative Club on Saturday.
He quizzed her on privatisation, her refusal to take part in leadership debates and her ‘poor’ record as home secretary.
But despite his barrage of questions, Mr Mills claims he never got straight answers.
“I started by asking her why she would not debate the other leaders on the TV and she said ‘well we meet every Wednesday’ and I said that is hardly an answer and asked if she thought she owed it to the public. Again I did not really get an answer.
“I asked her why she was running the exact same campaign as David Cameron did with Lynton Crosby and employing the same scare tactics by suggesting Labour would form a coalition with the SNP, which she knows they wouldn’t. It is scare tactics.
“I was amazed at how nervous she was. She spoke about Europe saying we had to get things back so I asked her why doesn’t she start at home?
“She kept giving me stock answers every time. I was really disappointed.”
Let’s have a recap of Theresa May truths as Home Secretary: