We all wish him well with his gallstones of course. Life would be boring without the Mr. Pooter of the tax world.
But he uses his experience to insist that the NHS must not have private providers anywhere in it. Which is odd:
Second is just how extraordinary the NHS can be. Once it was clear I needed to come in everything moved remarkably quickly and smoothly from GP to hospital to tests and diagnosis. Now I am well aware that I have presented a fairly simple case , but I am still impressed.
Third, the need for integration is so obvious when looking at the whole process I have been through and yet the whole ethos of NHS privatisation undermines this.
Fourth, the vast majority of NHS staff make the private sector look silly. Purpose clearly matters to these people. I cannot see how working for a private sector provider could improve this; indeed, much recent reading I have done suggests how hard it is for private sector providers to recruit staff to serve the NHS.
Fifth, I am not alone in thinking this: the guys around me share that view. I have asked them.
Because of course that GP, that first link in that chain, is a private provider of services to the NHS and all GPs always have been. So if private provision of services under the financial umbrella of the NHS works then it works, dunnit?