Only one in five of public welcome NHS Bill


10:30 pm - June 13th 2011

by Sunny Hundal    


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Asked if they think public sector spending cuts will not harm the NHS, two thirds of the population (66%) disagree with the sentiment. That flatly contradicts a promise David Cameron made just before the election.

A small percentage of people (18%) were not sure and just 16% agreed with the statement. Even Conservative voters aren’t convinced.

The poll by Comres, released tonight to ITV News at 10pm, shows that more than half of voters do not trust Cameron and call for NHS reform plans to be scrapped.

More than half of the population (56%) do not trust David Cameron to keep to the promises he has made about the NHS. Only one in four (23%) trust him to keep to his word.

Asked further, just one in five of the public (20%) believe that the NHS is safe in the Prime Minister’s hands. 54% disagreed and 27% did not know.

Scrap the plans
Asked if the Government should scrap the current proposals for NHS reform and start from scratch, half of the British public (49%) agreed. 32% were unsure and just one in five (19%) disagreed.

More than half of the public agree (51%) that that Conservative Party’s plans for the NHS are just a way to privatise parts of the health service; one in four disagree with this (23%) or are not sure (25%).

Finally, numbers who believe that their local NHS services have got worse in the last three months have increased to more than one in three this week (38%), compared to one in four (24%) when asked the same question last October.

The full details of the Comres poll here

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Reader comments


Meanwhile Labour are only a point ahead of the Tories with Populus.

People will grumble, it will go through, then it will be forgotten about. Frankly I think tuition fees are likely to have more of an impact given that they smack people in the wallet. Although somehow I can’t see Labour pledging to reverse the increases.

2. blackwillow1

The NHS is the sacred cow of UK politics, created by a labour government, despised by the tories since it began. Cameron, Clegg, Osborne and co. have no emotional attachment to it, purely because they never use it out of neccessity. “Call me Dave” can tell us a million times how the NHS was vital in the care of his son, it wo’nt change the fact that private health insurance paid for it. A luxury not available to most of us, a routine fact of life for Cameron and his fellow millionaires. While I would never insult the memory of his son, it cannot be ignored that every time Cameron is on the ropes during the debate over NHS reforms, he falls back on the memory of his son, playing for sympathy and hoping emotional blackmail will be enough to deflect the criticism he so rightly deserves. He hopes that we all remember the images of his son on those ridiculous ‘web-cameron’ videos, feel sorry for him and his family and then get side-tracked, away from the debate. No such luck Dave, the people have started to get wise to your little game and they’ve stopped sharing the sympathy they felt for a young life that ended too soon. Now they can see that you are nothing but a salesman, playing the victim when you feel under threat, but your actions and attitude regarding the NHS have exposed your true nature. You want the American system of private health insurance to replace the publicly funded service that millions of us do’nt just value as vital, but they also feel a strong sense of loyalty because it was created for them, born of neccessity. It is our health service, we will defend it from you and your kind. Always and forever.


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  1. sunny hundal

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  4. isla dowds

    Public trust in the Tories over NHS is at rock-bottom. As it should be http://bit.ly/my97iu

  5. Lynn Hancock

    Only one in five of public welcome NHS Bill http://bit.ly/my97iu

  6. Sean Boyle

    One in five have obviously not read it > RT @libcon Only one in five of public welcome NHS Bill http://t.co/kOI9arF #SaveTheNHS

  7. Chris Welch

    Public trust in the Tories over NHS is at rock-bottom. As it should be http://bit.ly/my97iu

  8. Neil Hughes

    Public trust in the Tories over NHS is at rock-bottom. As it should be http://bit.ly/my97iu

  9. ANDREW JENNINGS

    Public trust in the Tories over NHS is at rock-bottom. As it should be http://bit.ly/my97iu

  10. Chris Paul

    Public trust in the Tories over NHS is at rock-bottom. As it should be http://bit.ly/my97iu

  11. Clive Burgess

    Public trust in the Tories over NHS is at rock-bottom. As it should be http://bit.ly/my97iu

  12. Hazel Midgley

    Public trust in the Tories over NHS is at rock-bottom. As it should be http://bit.ly/my97iu

  13. Itsmotherswork

    “@libcon: Only one in five of public welcome NHS Bill http://t.co/bKOq3nq

    Bloody Tories! Leave our NHS alone!

  14. criticalpraxis

    Only one in five of public welcome NHS Bill http://bit.ly/my97iu

  15. Rosie

    “@libcon: Only one in five of public welcome NHS Bill http://t.co/bKOq3nq

    Bloody Tories! Leave our NHS alone!

  16. Jill Hayward

    “@libcon: Only one in five of public welcome NHS Bill http://t.co/bKOq3nq

    Bloody Tories! Leave our NHS alone!

  17. Larry Gardiner

    Hardly a resounding endorsement… UK electorate have denied the coalition their mandate… This Bill has no… http://fb.me/132jAOKfI

  18. Brian Moylan

    RT @1cheerfulman: Hardly a resounding endorsement… "Only one in five of public welcome NHS Bill" http://bit.ly/jWQBMt #nhs #nhsreform

  19. Owen Blacker

    Public trust in the Tories over NHS is at rock-bottom. As it should be http://bit.ly/my97iu

  20. Judith Flanders

    In fact, the same percentage that voted Tory, 1 in 5 @libcon @sunny_hundal Only one in five of public welcome NHS Bill http://t.co/kqLWrLS





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