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NHS On 'Slippery Slope' To Insurance System, Claims Shadow Health Secretary

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Long waiting lists are pushing patients into the private sector and putting the NHS on a “slippery slope” towards an insurance system, Labour has warned.

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth told a fringe event at Labour conference that the diversion of patients into private healthcare was the most “fundamentally threatening privatisation”.

He said some people were waiting up to two years to be seen and that those who could not bear the pain or disruption were taking out payday loans and even remortgaging their homes to pay for treatment.

“Some of them fear that they will lose their lives, and they are going to the private sector,” he said.

“That is a two-tier system that is eroding the fundamental, universal system that we created - Bevan deliberately........

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