Davis endorsed sacking 30,000 NHS staff and ending free services, new research reveals

Brexit Secretary David Davis endorsed sacking over 30,000 NHS staff, and the NHS ceasing to provide some services for free, including hysterectomies and orthodontics, Vote Leave Watch has revealed today.

A 2011 book, The Future of Conservatism: Values Revisited, co-edited by Mr Davis and two other Conservative MPs, endorsed a report by consultancy firm McKinsey, which called for a 10 per cent cut in the NHS workforce, at the time amounting to 30,800 jobs, in its chapter on the NHS.

The chapter, authored by former Tory parliamentary candidate Julia Manning, went on to say that “we should consider decommissioning some treatments…such as hysterectomy, orthodontics and tonsillectomy procedures.”

In his introduction, Mr Davis said the book was intended “to imagine the sort of country we want Britain to be in the coming decades.” He said: “The largest single area of expenditure, at over £100bn, is health care, and this will undoubtedly need further reform.”

Commenting, Chuka Umunna MP, Chair of Vote Leave Watch, said:

“Leave campaigners spent the referendum saying that Brexit would save our NHS, but with every day that goes by we see how little they care about our National Health Service.

“David Davis co-edited this book, and he must take responsibility for its contents. It is shocking and concerning that the man in charge of the Government’s approach to Brexit believes that 30,000 hard-working doctors and nurses should be laid off, and that the NHS should stop providing vital services like hysterectomies.

“These hard Brexit Tories have a clear agenda – NHS cuts, NHS charges, and NHS privatisations. Our National Health Service is not safe in their hands. And there is absolutely no sign at all that they will deliver on their key pledge of £350 million extra per week for the NHS after Brexit.”

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Notes to editors:

The Future of Conservatism: Values Revisited was published in September 2011, co-edited by David Davis, Brian Binley, and John Baron.

Julia Manning’s chapter on the NHS said: “We need to get the NHS budget under control…McKinsey’s report raised many valid points. However, I would add three or more areas where the unsustainable NHS budget could be brought under control…We should consider decommissioning some treatments…such as hysterectomy, orthodontics and tonsillectomy procedures.”

In his introduction, David Davis said the book was intended: “First, to imagine the sort of country we want Britain to be in the coming decades. What sort of society do we want for our families at home, and what sort of standing do we want for our nation abroad? Second, to set out ideas for how we would achieve that, what policies and what actions a Conservative Government might undertake to create the sort of country we desire…We have to seek more cost-effective methods of public service delivering across the board. The largest single area of expenditure, at over £100bn, is health care, and this will undoubtedly need further reform. Julia Manning draws a picture of public generosity and private stress within the NHS, of neverending increases in demand that will present insuperable economic burdens if they are not dealt with innovatively. She highlights the need to use technology far more intelligently than we are currently doing, and to give individuals real control of their own care.”

Julia Manning stood for the Conservatives in Bristol East in the 2005 general election. From 2006-2016, she was chief executive of Health 2020, a health thinktank. She is currently a Research Associate at University College, London. 


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