megan | 20.04.2008 11:46 | Migration
Our politicians mask a failing economic system by lashing out at vulnerable groups, in the media, in policies and in laws in order to cultivate a public appearance of managing a situation with a ‘firm hand’, which they say is also ‘fair’. We the people need to investigate all their claims and make public the truths they bury under populist rhetoric that is playing to the basest of human behaviour.
Labour in government blames mass migration for strains on the NHS. The truth is that mass migration of professional health workers to the UK in the past 10 years alone has saved the government more than £1.92 billion in training costs and Ghana has lost 60% of their nurses, mostly to the UK.
We need to think bigger and more creatively than self-serving politicians, big business, mainstream media and all other institutions that prop up the corrupt power bases are capable of. The NHS is a treasure, valued especially by people who have lived with the ruthless barbarism of private health care, but it is under threat of privatisation. That must stop and privatisation needs to be reversed. Health care is a human right and that right has to be protected and extended to all. In a globalised world what we need, in fact, is an International Health Service.
There was also coverage in the local mainstream media (Wales on Sunday): http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/news/wales-news/2008/04/20/ama-death-may-prove-life-saver-91466-20789410/