“I Fight Government Tooth And Nail”; Dying Nurse Says He Will Use His Last Days To Stop Tories Killing NHS
“the Tories are making the NHS so awful they think people will be happy when the private sector steps in.”

David Bailey, a British nurse for the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust has promised “do his bit” to stop the Tories “killing” his beloved NHS.

Mr Bailey, diagnosed with terminal cancer, has dedicated 35 years of his life to help others as a nurse on surgical wards and in an overstretched A&E.

Mr Bailey, given a year to live because of his oesophageal cancer, said he will take to the streets on Saturday with thousands of others in a day of protest against the Government’s destruction of the health service.

“There has never been a more important time to stand up and protect our NHS. It is in crisis and I want to do my bit.” Mr Bailey said in an interview with the Sunday Mirror.

“The public needs to realise what’s happening. The Government is killing the NHS and steering us all towards privatisation of the health service.” he added.

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Mr Bailey said: “I’m not sitting in a corner saying ‘why me?’ I thought I had 20 years left, but I was told I had aggressive oesophageal cancer in October. I was given a year.”

“But I’m determined, with the life I have left in me, I will fight this Government tooth and nail.” He added: “The care I’ve received has been fantastic. I love the NHS and I want that care to be in place for my children and grandchildren.”

The nurse continued criticising the Conservative’s policy for a lack of qualified nursing staff: “I don’t blame the Trusts. I blame Tory policy.”

“This is not just a winter crisis. It’s got worse in the last eight years. They introduce short term fixes, but they can only do that for so long.”

He said the Tories are making the NHS so awful, “they think people will be happy when the private sector steps in.”

Mr Bailey added: “The crisis is not because of an ageing population, that’s foreseeable and you plan for it. It’s nothing to do with immigration or health tourism. Immigrants are the bedrock of the NHS, from doctors to cleaners.”

“This is the Government deflecting attention from themselves.”

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