Where does the idea of 100,000 medical doctors going on strike come from? Well, just a little detail: the Coalition did not bother to consult with them and basically excluded them from the talks about reforms of the Health Service. In this case, I reckon accountants had more of a say than those who deliver Health Services.
It is a bit like the running of the Armed Forces with somebody at the helm that has absolutely no idea of what he is doing. Oh, reshuffle, reshuffle, reshuffle, who is the fairest of all? They chopped the Army, the Navy and the Air Force and left the Armed forces in tatters but… guess what? They are still planning new wars while, in the South Atlantic, the Argentine government rejoices. Unlike what happened in 1982, Britain will no longer have plane carriers or Harrier Jump Jets and will have merely an airfield that could be bombed out of existence in 15 minutes allowing the Argentine forces to clean up the garrison stationed there without any worries about a British counter attack.
This is how things are run nowadays in Britain. Cut here and there and over there, so that the monies can go to Ireland, Portugal, Greece, India and China and everywhere else while people freeze to death in their own homes and unemployment rises, rises and rises even more.
I reckon those running Britain hope that every ill person could be cured with a spoonful of Calpol. This brings back memories of Virginia Bottomley, the illustrious Virginia Bottomley, who threw British veterans into the streets ‘because there was an over-supply of beds in British hospitals.’ It goes without saying that the number of those sleeping rough in London at the time increased, especially those who had been thrown out after the closure of psychiatric hospitals carried out by Mrs. Bottomley.
The expression value for money is very much in the air. The whole philosophy leading to the creation of the National Health Service is under attack. I wonder when they will start selling NHS shares at the London Exchange. Most hospitals are so tight when it comes to staff that very often they have to call in Agency Staff that costs a lot more than the grossly underpaid NHS staff. At one point, Kings College Hospital broke a record. In one of its wards one evening, eight out of ten nurses were Agency Staff. Was this Value for Money?
The National Health Service is not a luxury. The National Health Service is not supposed to make money because it is not a private business. The National Health Service is an absolute necessity and rest assured that almost everybody in this country will need the services provided by the National Health Service.