Unions call for National Vigil to save NHSMay 23, 2011 Tim WorstallHealth Care9 CommentsSee? It\’s true, the NHS has become the new national religion. previousTin eared Kermit on Strauss KahnnextWelsh Lib Dem Twats disqualified from the Assembly 9 thoughts on “Unions call for National Vigil to save NHS” Jim May 23, 2011 at 2:02 pm 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. paul ilc May 23, 2011 at 2:04 pm More a cult than a national religion, I’d say. And don’t forget the eco-cult… SimonF May 23, 2011 at 2:17 pm No doubt being organised at our expense by the Pilgrims. Johnnydub May 23, 2011 at 2:58 pm 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… Kay Tie May 23, 2011 at 3:38 pm Just be careful not to depict the NHS wearing a turban with a fizzing bomb. Paddy Pantsdown May 23, 2011 at 5:31 pm Pinkoes really do worship the Almighty Government! JuliaM May 24, 2011 at 7:53 am “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. mammy's little soldier May 24, 2011 at 10:38 am 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. Ray Rigby May 24, 2011 at 11:33 am “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? Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.