The Plastic Hippo

November 21, 2015

Trust NHS

Filed under: Health,Politics,Rights,Society — theplastichippo @ 2:00 am
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Doctors treat Jeremy Hunt

Doctors treat Jeremy Hunt

At the end of the day, in the final analysis, when all is said and done and when the dust has settled, it all boils down to a question of trust.

For example, you would not wish a drug-crazed loon with a weakness for the unsubtle expertise of a dominatrix anywhere near your broken roof even if the sun was shining. Nor would you employ a benefit cheat to “reform” the benefits system or put known criminals in charge of banks or allow someone with a hatred of children to fail at education and then be awarded law and order. At election time, the British are clearly a very trusting nation.

Imagine some tin-pot dictatorship where scary men constantly lie to a compliant population terrified of poverty and hunger. Imagine a regime that sees banner-waving lawyers picketing court houses and teachers protesting at the harm being done to children and doctors voting to take strike action to protect patient safety and save human life. Imagine a junta that tells the nation that lawyers, teachers and doctors are too stupid to understand their professions and are only motivated by greed and self-interest. There was a time when the United Kingdom would condemn such duplicity, but now we would probably sign some armament deals with the rogue state and reward the dictators with lots and lots of lovely money.

Doctors have voted to strike prompting one highly paid NHS accountant tasked with selling off the NHS to claim that a strike means that the NHS could not deal with a terrorist attack. Now some might suggest that this opportunism to score a cheap political point and so influence any negotiation is just a little bit distasteful but worry not. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has made it clear that negotiation is not on the agenda and any opposition to his contractual diktat will not be tolerated.

When it comes to trust, and I might be alone in this, I would prefer to have a qualified medical professional with years of experience wielding the scalpel than some shifty politician who seems only capable of opening brown envelopes from Murdoch, the drug companies and private health insurance corporations. We must all join together in the sincere wish that Jeremy Hunt does not fall ill and require the attention of NHS staff. They, or course, would provide the very best of medical care and do all in their powers to make him well again just as they do for the rest of us.

We can trust the professionalism of front-line NHS doctors, nurses and support staff but I wouldn`t trust Jeremy Hunt to find his own arse with both hands even after being given a diagram.

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