I don’t need to steenkin’ evidence!

I have blogged throughout the austerity years and made the NHS such an issue at one point that I think I was noted as the fourth most active social media campaigner against the 2012 NHS reforms that increased the impact of market forces upon it.

Those reforms have failed. A healthcare system that was intended to, and did, deliver worse health outcomes in a political environment of hostility towards large parts of the UK population is indicative of a chronic political malaise within government during this period.

NHS England has had more market based reforms than NHS Scotland or NHS Wales. NHYS England has improved outputs better than NHS Wales or NHS Scotland.

One useful proof of this being the absence of reports from the usual suspects crowing about the outperformance of NHS Wales and NHS Scotland. They’d be there if it were true…..

22 thoughts on “I don’t need to steenkin’ evidence!”

  1. This being a report that increased lifespans are ‘stalling’.

    Did anyone expect life expectancy to carry on going up for ever?

  2. “a political environment of hostility towards large parts of the UK population is indicative of a chronic political malaise within government during this period”

    His case for putting government in charge of more.

  3. Anyone who has ever had cause to visit an old people’s home would know that extra existence on the planet does not necessarily mean extra quality of life. To be perfectly honest I see no reason to spend billions, indeed trillions over time, keeping people just alive, while existing in a state that if you kept a dog like it you’d be prosecuted for cruelty.

    “I was noted as the fourth most active social media campaigner against the 2012 NHS reforms”

    Charles Pooter lives!

  4. Dennis, A Wog Or Not A Wog... That Is The Question

    Charles Pooter lives!

    Tax Research UK certainly qualifies as the diary of a nobody.

  5. “I was noted as the fourth most active social media campaigner against the 2012 NHS reforms”

    Was this while he was taking charity money on the basis that his blog was non-political?

  6. Though the coverage of the English press (including the “British” Broadcasting Corporation) of Scottish news has always been feeble, news of the bloody awfulness of the SNP government’s hospital-building programme has nevertheless reached me.

    The new “Sick Kids” in Edinburgh has been a bit of a fiasco.
    https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/health/edinburghs-new-sick-kids-hospital-could-be-delayed-again-claims-msp-1367402

    The QE hospital in Glasgow seems to be killing patients by virtue of being jerry-built.
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/dec/17/glasgow-health-board-takes-legal-action-against-hospital-contractor

  7. @Oblong: thank you.

    As an aside: last week I looked at the official report on the 2014/15 flu season. I got completely distracted by how ill written it was. Is that sort of thing deliberate or simply a reflection of the calibre of the modern civil servant?

  8. @dearieme

    Glasgow childrens hospital partially closed too – seems to be killing patients

    There’s another hospital cock-up in Inverness – seems to be killing patients
    “Ban on visiting Raigmore Hospital in Inverness after norovirus …”
    https://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/news/ban-on-visiting-raigmore-hospital-after-norovirus-hits-three-wards-192300/

    Also Aberdeen
    “The Baird Family Hospital and Anchor cancer centre was originally a £163.7m scheme.

    The estimated cost of the project now stands at £223.6m. Construction has been delayed while costs were assessed.

    Construction work on the project was originally due to start last year, but was put on hold to review the costs involved”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-51398016

  9. Maybe voluntary euthanasia with an inheritance tax credit for saved state pension and NHS costs, would make it the ultimate tax evasion scheme and the lefties would surely not object to the implied ‘kill the rich’ incentive.

  10. Don’t forget that the official policy of the governing party in Scotland seems to be that a generation should only last for 5 or 6 years.
    That aligns very well with their management of the NHS in Scotland.

  11. @Oblong, @dearieme:

    Christopher Snowdon’s article was actually about a previous article by our old friend Danny Dorling. Dorling’s egregious errors were systematically corrected by one of the UK’s leading longevity experts (an actuary) on Twitter. Looking at the structure of Snowdon’s article I think he used that as his base (nothing wrong with that, Snowdon was absolutely accurate).

  12. @dearieme

    Dundee is a third world sh1t hole where “it’s broken” is the norm, and an SNP fortress

    Blond Woman It’s trauma & poverty in Dundee[/url]

    Trauma, really? Is Dundee in Iran, Iraq, Syria?
    Poverty? Do people in Dundee receive lower benefit payments than rest of UK? Do Aldi…Lidl…Tesco have a ‘Dundee Surcharge”?

    “No choice but to use drugs” – who’s compelling them to? That type of misguided statement encourages drug use

    Recent increased drug use is linked to SNP’s minimum price controls on alcohol – 2L Cider £5 in Scotland, £2 in rest UK. SNP were told this drug problem would happen

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