The Chancellor just cracked one of the biggest jokes of this year’s budget [TWEETS]

May Laughing party of the NHS

On Wednesday 8 March, Philip Hammond made an apparently off-the-cuff remark during his Budget 2017 speech. But it was possibly one of the most laughable comments of the day.

Surely, some mistake?

As the BBC’s Nick Robinson tweeted:

But social media users couldn’t believe their ears and eyes:

Read on...

Some made comparisons with historical characters:

Others questioned the reality of Hammond’s statement:

Nope. He meant it

Many people believe the reality of the NHS under a Conservative government is very different from the one Hammond sees. As The Canary previously reported on Saturday 4 March, over 250,000 people took part in a march for the NHS.

The Canary filmed a documentary, speaking to various people about the state of the NHS today:

The event called for a:

  • Fully funded, publicly owned, NHS & social care service.
  • Stop to government cuts, closures, and privatisation of the NHS.
  • Lifting of the pay restraint for health service staff.

Hammond: obliterating the NHS?

Campaigners say [pdf] the Tories have forced the NHS to “its knees” since they came to power in coalition in 2010:

Private companies are gaining an ever greater foothold within the NHS. Years of pay restraint have seen the value of NHS staff salaries reduce by 14% since 2010. The Government’s Sustainability and Transformation Plans [STPs] are a smokescreen for a massive programme of hospital and community service closures, and are its latest instrument for privatisation.

The facts and figures seem to back up the groups’ claims:

  • The amount paid to ‘independent’ companies has more than doubled since 2010 to over £8bn a year.
  • 8% of government health funding now goes to private companies.
  • Private companies working in the NHS have seen their profits soar by up to 100%.
  • The 1% pay cap on health service staff salaries has seen their money drop by 14% in real terms.

Campaigners say STPs are secret privatisation plans. And that the government splitting the NHS into 44 areas across the country is paving the way for private companies to buy it up.

It’s our NHS

While Theresa May found much of the budget amusing, Hammond’s claim will stick in the throats of hundreds of thousands of campaigners and millions of NHS patients. And when even Conservative MPs like Sarah Wollaston attack the government for its handling of the health service, you know that the Tories really are not the “party of the NHS”.

Get Involved!

Read more from The Canary on Budget 2017.

Featured image via screengrab

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us

Comments are closed