Sunday, 15 July 2012
The English Health Service And Privatisation
'The Department of Health has appointed Lazard, an investment bank, to explore a privatisation of Plasma Resources UK (PRUK) in a move that could raise tens of millions of pounds for the taxpayer' states Sky News.
For the taxpayer? Will the taxpayers have any say in whether they want blood plasma products privatised? Of course not.
Will privatisation make the service more efficient? If G4S is an example then no.
Often I consider myself fortunate to live in a rural area where change happens very slowly. This morning I consider myself fortunate to live in a country where politicians appear to understand privatisation is not always the answer to our woes.
Does this mean blood donors will be paid for their donations? Surely the DoH doesn't expect the public to donate their blood free to a private company. If that is the case PSUK may be in for a surprise because I doubt if many will be happy to give their blood so as a large organisation and its shareholders can benefit financially.