Speaking on BBC Radio 4 this morning, Foreign Secretary and leading Brexiteer Dominic Raab made a bold statement about the NHS.
He said: “I can tell you categorically I’ve never advocated privatisation of the NHS.”
This comes after claims from the Labour Party that the Tories are planning to expose the NHS to private US-based healthcare firms after Brexit.
And yet, it turns out that Raab’s claim is entirely false.
As Dan Bloom has pointed out, Raab supported something that sounds almost identical to privatisation, in a book he co-authored in 2011.
One of the passages in the book reads:
“The current monolith should be broken up. Hospitals should be given their independence, extending the Foundation Hospital model – initially controversial but now almost universally accepted. New non-profit and private operators should be allowed into the service and, indeed, should compete on price.”
Raab wrote this book alongside fellow Tory Thatcherites Kwasi Kwarteng, Chris Skidmore, Priti Patel and Liz Truss.
It seems it reveals more about his political beliefs than Raab would like to remember.