NHS cuts and privatisation have brought no benefits | Letters

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Mark Murton on austerity’s failings, and Angela Crum Ewing and Jane Ghosh on the pay rise for NHS staff

GPs have taken the unprecedented step of urging patients to write to their MPs about the funding crisis in the NHS (Complain to your MPs, top doctor tells patients amid worst ever A&E figures, 9 March). This situation, and the crisis in public services that has left councils at the point of bankruptcy, did not need to happen. Many of the cuts are a false economy that do not lead to savings.

A report from Policy in Practice showed that in Croydon the benefit cap, which was supposed to save the taxpayer money, led to evictions, and it calculated the cost of just one homeless application to the council to be around £8,000.

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