9 comments on “Unions call for National Vigil to save NHS

  1. One wonders how many former NHS patients (or at least the ones it hasn’t killed) are that enamoured with it that they will stand vigil for it?

    I think we are beginning to get to the emperors new clothes stage with the NHS. In public all politicians, public figures, unions etc etc have to toe the line ‘The NHS is the envy of the world’. If anyone in the public eye puts their head above the parapet to criticise the NHS (Dan Hannan for example) they get it shot off in a hail of religious pro-NHS fervour.

    However I think the people who have to deal with the NHS on the receiving end, the patients and families thereof, are beginning to realise its not the shining Camelot its made out to be. Good in parts, OK in some, often below par, downright disgraceful in places.

    As that dis-satisfaction grows (as it will given the poor service provided) eventually it will break through into mainstream public discourse, and perhaps then we can have a grown up debate on what the best form of socialised medicine for the 21st century might be.

  2. Sooner or later the penny will drop that the NHS is run for the benefit of its staff at the expense of its patients / customers.

    You do wonder how many deaths will be needed to achieve this…

  3. “Sooner or later the penny will drop that the NHS is run for the benefit of its staff at the expense of its patients / customers.”

    Like most modern charities, it’s far removed from its original aims and ambitions, and is now dedicated merely to preserving itself. At any cost.

  4. It’s nice to see a sensible debate around the facts of healthcare and the relative performance/value for money of the NHS. Oh no…that’s not what this is, is it? It’s a string of statements rooted in the belief that public provision is bad.

  5. “It’s nice to see a sensible debate around the facts of healthcare and the relative performance/value for money of the NHS.”

    Mmm, is that what the National Vigil is then?

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