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Last Updated: Sunday, 17 April 2005, 11:36 GMT 12:36 UK
Wales voters' panel: John Thorne on health

MEET THE PANEL
John Thorne
Name: John Thorne
Age: 58
Lives: Neath
Works: Administration officer
Original voting intention: Plaid Cymru
In 10 words or less:
"Left-leaning, pro-European"

What worries me about the crisis in the NHS is that Labour are throwing big bucks at the wrong target.

The Welsh press quotes a consultant from Durham who says that Mr Blair is even keener on privatising the NHS than the Tories.

Take hospital cleaning as an example. If you pay contractors to do the job, where does our money go?

To the motivated, in-house professionals we used to have? Not likely.

To the cleaners struggling to do the job with fewer workers and working hours cut to the bone? Not likely.

JOHN'S PREVIOUS THOUGHTS
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This is what politicians of a certain ilk call "efficiency savings", but it's not the tax-payer or the patient who makes the savings!

Labour and the Tories will both deliver more of the same.

The Labour Welsh government have announced a "target" of six months' maximum waiting time for treatment by 2009. That's not a typing error, they really mean 2009.

I'll still vote Plaid because their MPs don't have to make excuses for this scandal and can speak up freely.

If I was a superbug I'd vote Labour.





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