Green Party launch NHS pledge on Isle of Wight today

From outside St Mary’s Hospital in Newport this morning, Green Party co-leader, Caroline Lucas, will be launching her party’s pledge to protect the NHS from privatisation.

Vix Lowthion and Caroline Lucas

Mike shares this latest news from the Green Party. Ed

The Green Party will today (Tuesday 9th May) promise to ‘end the privatisation experiment’ in the NHS and pledge to give the health service a ‘cash injection’.

The co-leader of the Green Party, Caroline Lucas, will outline her response to the ‘healthcare emergency’ in a speech outside St Mary’s Hospital on the Isle of Wight later today (from 9.30am).

Plans to end marketisation in the NHS
Lucas will spell out her party’s plans for ending marketisation in the NHS to ensure that the health service is ‘fit for the challenges of the twenty first century’.

She is expected to attack both Labour and the Liberal Democrats for using their time in Government to inflict what she calls the ‘pain of privatisation’ onto the NHS.

A ‘cruel form of shock therapy’
She will focus her fire on the Conservatives who she will say are putting the NHS through a ‘cruel form of shock therapy’ leaving the patient weaker and on the verge of collapse.

The Green Party’s NHS spending plans will be paid for through progressive taxation outlined in their manifesto. The funding Gap is estimated to be around £30bn.

Lucas will give her speech outside of St Mary’s Hospital on the Isle of Wight, which was placed in special measures earlier this year after the CQC rated the trust as Inadequate.

Mental health and dentistry
Throughout this week the Greens will unveil further healthcare plans including specific announcements on mental health and dentistry.

Speaking on the Isle of Wight, Lucas will say:

“A confident and caring country is one where we provide people with the healthcare they need, free at the point of use. That’s why my party is today promising an end to the pain of privatisation that has been inflicted on the NHS by Labour, the Lib Dems and the Conservatives. We will give the NHS the funding it needs to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

“The current Government is putting our NHS through a cruel form of shock therapy – leaving the patient weaker and on the verge of collapse.”

“The Green Party will reverse this race to the bottom on health provision and reinstate our health service to make it a world leader. Indeed if you look at the record of all of the other major parties it’s clear that only the Green Party can be trusted on protecting the NHS.”

Tuesday, 9th May, 2017 8:03am



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No offence, but it’s all well and good the Green party saying what they will do for the NHS but they’re hardly a government bin waiting. They are right about our NHS being plundered, millions of pounds worth of contracts have been sold off to private companies, who are going to make a profit by making cuts, and then eventually charging us to use them. Already we’re… Read more »
Steve Goodman

‘No offence, but it’s all well and good the Labour party saying what they will do for the NHS but they’re now also hardly a government (b)in waiting.’ Having haemorrhaged so much support they alone ‘are not going to be in any position to stop what this government are doing to us’ in these cons. and nons. times.

The Labour Party aren’t a “government in waiting” either. Comrade Corbyn has seen to that. They came 4th on the IW under Milliband. I fully expect the Julian Critchley to lose his deposit this time, just as Catherine Wilson did in 1983 when Labour were previously led and dominated by the hard left of Michael Foot. The 8th June will be a bloodbath. Previously safe Labour seats… Read more »
Billy Builder

The Tories and Kippers don’t need to do a deal, as they are one and the same.

The party has lurched to the hard right and are using tactics employed by hard-right fascist parties across the world and across time.


No, but the far-right vote was split between the Tories and the Kippers.

Now it won’t be.


@ suruk

How can you say the Conservatives are FAR right? Indeed, they are accumulating even more votes from the centre and in the north and Midlands. The current Labour policies seem far-left , indeed communist. Their leading figures hold Marxist sympathies. I don’t think you could say that the conservatives have fascist members. Shame on you.

Billy Builder

Robert Paxton, a professor emeritus of social science at Columbia University in New York who is widely considered the father of fascism studies, defined fascism as “a form of political practice distinctive to the 20th century that arouses popular enthusiasm by sophisticated propaganda techniques for an anti-liberal, anti-socialist, violently exclusionary, expansionist nationalist agenda.”

Steve Goodman
? I’m reminded of more on the subject of shameful cons. and votes in the north; when people and local authorities there democratically decided to say no to the filthy fracking the shamefully hypocritical cons. and everybody else said we should say no to (at the last global crisis conference), the shameful cons. overruled everyone to help their shameful greedy filthy friends. And now today shameful supreme… Read more »

Is ‘Shsmeful’ your word for today Steve ?


typo alert – that is ‘shameful’

Steve Goodman

Just in case more than one person might have missed a reason for responding to someone suggesting StS was shameful; work your way back from here.

I think the shame belongs elsewhere. Just tweeted from Michael Crick, political correspondent Channel 4 news: “Only pre-arranged journalists get questions at May events. Those chosen asked by May aide to state Qs in advance” “What shocks me is reporters collaborate with May press team by agreeing to reveal their questions to them in advance” This should appal any rational person, whatever their political persuasion. Democracy is… Read more »

The Ministry of Truth in action, indeed.


How can I say the Conservatives are “far right”?

It’s pretty easy:

“The Conservatives are a party of the far right”


What is surprising is the fact that you cannot see it, as its pretty obvious to anyone not brainwashed by the Murdoch Machine.

Shame on *you*!!

There is nothing wrong in being anti-socialist or anti- Communist. There is no socialist/communist country which has freedom, justice or economic prosperity. Just look at what Venezuela has been reduced to. Famine and misery for its people. Same in North Korea. Cuba has finally seen the light after years of repression. I accept that Franco’s Spain and Hitler’s Germany were equally obnoxious fascist regimes but to imply… Read more »
So it is fine for you to come out with the tired old nonsense of calling Labour ‘far-left’ and ‘Marxist’? You honestly don’t see the hypocrisy in that? Sigh. I personally wouldn’t call the Tories fascists yet either. But there are worrying whiffs of authoritarian nationalism which should concern us all. The UKIP lot returned to the fold for a reason – there has been a notable… Read more »
Billy Builder

Now lets consider:-

►  A Tory controlled/bias press ✔
►  An electoral system biased towards the Tory party ✔
►  Changing electoral boundaries to favour Tories ✔
►  Stirring up immigration/rascal hatred to ferment nationalism ✔
►  Accusing neighbouring nations or discrimination and interference to ferment nationalism ✔

The last one was particularly shocking. Claiming EU leaders were trying to influence the UK election, when they clearly weren’t. May knows that most people hearing that broadcast will not bother to check the facts and fully expects to gain votes from that outright and blatant lie. And the fact that she made that announcement as the Prime Minister (i.e. as a Government announcement) is a true… Read more »
Billy Builder

►  And persecute small furry animals ✔

The mirror, guardian, independent, morning star, observer are left wing papers. However, newspaper readership is well down these days. People read online or watch TV. The BBC is biased to the left. It’s own boss admitted so a few years ago Surely anyone can see the sense of having constituencies of similar size. Hence, boundary changes. Re:the recent hoo-ha about the talks between May and Junker, it… Read more »

Oh please, not another “Biased BBC” type!

As many whine about the right wing bias of the BBC as whine about left wing bias.

And if it was truly left biased do you seriously think they would permit all of those frothy mouthed right-wing rants that dominate it’s article comments?

You have just lost all credibility.

That is hilarious. Seriously. I strongly urge you to do some proper research. The Guardian and Independent are constantly attacking Corbyn and have been since he has been leader. Some headlines from the Guardian site today: “Birmingham: ‘I’d like to vote Labour but things aren’t changing so I feel like I can’t’ ” “With its bedrock smashed to pieces, Labour cannot win ” “Jeremy Corbyn’s wife will… Read more »
Why is the Green Party suddenly attacking Labour or is this just a tactic for the Island? I suspect that it’s because they have made the Isle of Wight one of their target seats and are therefore pouring money into their campaign but this really does nothing for their credibility. They will never be in a position to form a Government and implement their policies so their… Read more »
Steve Goodman
? As it seems that the genuine attempts by Caroline and the Green Party to work with other nons against the cons here and beyond for the good of all of us are not always well received by those determined to deny our present predicament and probable best remedies, the consequent contest is bound to include things like Labour’s embarrassing horrible history of hospital PFIs and other… Read more »
Geoff Brodie
Suddenly ? Its their raison d’etre. Julian Critchley, the Labour candidate understands who the actual opposition is, because despite the bias of the British media, Labour is still the only real alternative to Conservatism uner the current voting system. The Greens locally are stuffed full of former Liberals who we saw off some time ago after the return to the Island of the abominable Blizzard. Just as… Read more »
Steve Goodman
? To say that’s the Green’s ‘raison d’etre’ – c’est des conneries. Labour (and the cons, and the current voting system) let down a lot of us, which partly explains why on the Island Labour seems to be labouring under the misapprehension that it is not now attracting fewer votes than the Greens. Labour now seems to be in danger of disappearing, while Greens, and the acknowledged… Read more »
Billy Builder
Geoff, I think that you should take off your blinkers and take a good hard look at politics today. Both the Labour party and Tory party have swung to their extremes under the leadership of May and Corbyn. Both parties have abandoned their moderate supporters to pander to their paymasters, leaving their centre leaning supporters unrepresented. These erstwhile supporters who would also by enlarge have been either… Read more »
Seems simple to me, I will vote for whoever I think will best represent the Island. They will be our local voice in parliament. The electorate should have a full choice of candidates and not have their choice restricted by others who think they know better. It’s my vote not theirs. I’m tired of people telling me that I don’t understand how to vote properly… The island… Read more »