|30 Jan 2015.
For immediate release.
“If the NHS had received similar treatment to the roads network, then patients would be facing the equivalent of decades of underinvestment, crumbling decrepit hospitals, a chronic shortage of beds, with the looming threat of privatisation and a punitive entry charge to every hospital. If this really were the NHS, it would be a national scandal and an election-deciding issue.”Despite Government claims that it will be increasing investment in England's roads and has no intention to privatise them or introduce tolls on existing roads 6, it has declined to put any safeguards in the Bill. Key swathes of roads could be outsourced to tolling companies after the election and families would find themselves much worse off.
“The Government's much heralded £15bn road investment represents less then 4 months worth of motoring tax receipts. 'Motorway Man' was identified as the key swing voter of 2010, yet drivers still believe they are being treated as 'Cash Cows'. If the Government's intentions are genuine then it has one last opportunity to write binding safeguards against outsourcing and tolling into the Bill.” 7