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Loan sharks no answer to trust woes

From Dr John Havard



Health minister Liam Byrne has confirmed that failing NHS trusts will be able to borrow money from other trusts in surplus.

At first sight this seems a reasonable proposal to try to contain the financial

problems within the NHS until we learn that the interest rate is to be a loan shark 10 per cent!

This means the rich get richer and the poor get


This cannot sit comfortably with Labour principles. For trusts in debt this is about as encouraging as being passed a loaded revolver!

What they need and deserve is nothing less and nothing more than our honourable political parties.

How about an interest-free loan?

After all, what is good for the goose is surely good for the Lord Gander!

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