Such a prescient, beautiful sentiment.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

More NHS.

Overburdened By Crinklies?

Notwithstanding the political football that is the NHS, we really need to question how not only is that organisation and service bust, so is the whole Country. This morning's softening up for more tax revenue ere long has started all over again, with yet another blather.

Well, it's not just the NHS. This paper is well worth a visit. Here we can see the effects of population growth writ large. From a population, post two World Wars, between 35-42 million, we now have circa 65 million. The NHS and state pension scheme to be funded by National Insurance was targeted at what forecast numbers of people, I wonder? I doubt virtually double was ever considered.

If we look at the average ages of those at the beginning of the immigrant growth back in the early sixties as around 20 years of age or older, most of those are now in their seventies. Whatever their personal contributions to the tax base, in no way could it have made up for the ever growing deficit.

Move forward to that ghastly gerrymandering mass immigration policy of Labour's destructive 13 years and the pressure of demand goes through the roof. Already the National insurance scheme has been abolished and is now income tax in all but name. Even if that were not so, the manner in which a current workforce provides the taxation for the retired of the day was always a precarious notion. The explosion of demand has made it ever worse.

To blame the fact that we are all living longer is preposterous and is presented, as is climate change, as such a given as to brook little if any debate or argument. Mix into any of these aspects of political control and we readily witness the suppression of dissent and are expected to blindly accept propaganda as fact.

The idea that the NHS can stumble from funding crisis to crisis is as ludicrous as the Greek bailout saga. All the political idiots can manage is to speak with camouflaged tongues, new offside rules and endless yuckspeak, dreamt up by the Sir Humphreys, all useless to the point of disaster. 

We have seen thuggery, yesterday in Westminster, civil servant incompetence rewarded with promotion and  an endless parade of imbeciles in Brussels and Athens. Meanwhile, back in the real world people are trudging to dirty hospitals, brutally oppressed in Athens, Spain and Syria and soon all over Europe. 

The statement of the obvious, that the NHS is broke makes headlines! What never seems to get reported is how the brain dead in power have presided over the monumental mess. That it is the powerful self-interest of the geopolitical spectrum that is the problem, is not discussed. Nevertheless, the bonus culture, pointless wars and failing social structures are getting too obvious to go unnoticed..

When patients report rodent bites on a regular basis we can begin to understand that not only patients but long suffering staff deserve better. Unfortunately we see little sign of that as we stumble from one empty promise to another. What's the answer? Well, get rid of every single top Civil Servant for starters. Hand over the administration of the UK to those in their retired years, with sufficient qualification and experience to cut through the crap. It solves the manufactured problem of living longer at a stroke. Put the lot chucked out to cleaning hospitals and stacking shelves. What's not to like?


  1. I had a decent experience in a hospital A&E recently, but I dread becoming seriously ill and having to stay in one.

  2. Hi, Michael. Our Hereford County Hospital is superb. It's a wonderful service but too badly served by the political football playing. Labour are the real culprits, forever carping in opposition and destructive in power.

  3. In 1960 there was a smaller population in which only a small proportion of people were not contributing Now there is a much larger population with quite a big proportion not contributing. So the sums simply do not add up.

  4. Demetrius, why are the PTB so bloody stupid? Instead of the God of growth, why not the God of balancing the books?

  5. f we had a private system then there would of course be good hospitals and bad - we might express our disaproval of that with our money (or rather our insurance companies would), but we would have little political control over charges, service and who gets treated. My American friends point this out to me. They also tell me that the minimum health insurance for a single man is around £200 a month - which doesn't cover everything. For that you could get crap service or have to wait as long as you did in the UK. Further drugs and treatment (especially on the budget plans) are rationed just as they are in the United Kingdom. The "postcode" lottery in the UK can at least be remedied by state intervention; "you get what you pay for" however is hardly likely to be changed. Mine is not a political point except that when the voter is confronted with the facts of a private health system I do wonder if they would support it. Paying £400 a month insurance for a family, which might not get you everything for ever may make them realise than a public system which evens out the payment by taxation on income. It is said to work in the USA but they don't really like it - even the middle class, as the bills are enormous. By the way the admin costs in the USA v patients treated are much higher than in the UK. Then there is the profit made by the insurance companies etc. Bizarrely our NHS is one of the most efficient in the world.

  6. Anon, thank you for a most reasoned contribution. I adore the whole concept and existence of the NHS. My beef is with the atrocious inability of politicians to have cross party consensus and remove it from the political football league.

    National Insurance contributions were a very good, sensible and fair method of funding.As was the poll tax. With NI, the ring fencing was scrapped and I feel downright theft of a funding mechanism capable of being better administrated and invested.