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  • Friday, February 17, 2006

    No oxygen for you? You can thank Blair for that

    According to this article, from today's Guardian, at least one woman is known to have died because of Blair & Co's privatisation of the NHS home oxygen supply service. This is absolutely outrageous, and highlights a major problem with introducing "market forces" into public service:

    The Department of Health admitted last night that the transfer to four private companies of the service which delivers supplies to patients' homes has resulted in a shortage of oxygen. Around 60,000 patients in the UK rely on deliveries of oxygen to their homes, which have been hit by the transfer of supplies to the new privately managed Home Oxygen Service at the start of this month. A spokeswoman for the DoH described as "a sad case" the death of Alice Broderick, 63, from Carlisle after reports that her oxygen delivery from one private provider came too late to help her overcome breathing difficulties at her home.

    This is manslaughter. Alice's family should bring charges.
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