Seven-Day NHS Scheme: Will Hunt’s Plan Bring NHS To Breaking Point? – National Daily Press

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WHERE to begin with Jeremy Hunt?

Last week, the Health Secretary announced he would be going ahead with his plan to impose a new contract on junior doctors in England that means their “normal” working hours would be up to 9pm on weekdays and all day on Saturdays.

Previously, this counted as overtime. Does your job involve overtime? (A good test to see how you feel about the doctors’ situation is to ask yourself how you would feel if someone told you that you would get no more paid overtime – you’d just be expected to do all the work for standard pay. You’d be fairly mad, wouldn’t you?)

Hunt is covering all of this up as part of his demented “seven-day NHS” scheme.

Here’s a newsflash: the NHS is already, and has always been, a seven-day operation. In-patient treatment and emergency care have always been a 24/7 operation. Doctors, who are already stretched incredibly thinly, who often work long hours for no more pay, are saying Hunt’s plan will bring the NHS to breaking point.

Of course it will. This is exactly what the Tories want. They want to bring the NHS to its knees.

Thatcher did it with the miners. The Tories could not stand that there was a huge nationalised energy industry with a strong union. It drove them insane that all that money was not going into the private sector.

So they engineered its destruction under the banner of “privatisation will bring more choice in providers and increased competition will drive prices down for consumers”.

providers, don’t you? Everyone loves their simple, easy-to-understand tariffs that would in no way take a combination of Stephen Hawking, Alan Turing and that guy off A Beautiful Mind four weeks to comprehend.

And prices have really fallen too. They have in no way increased astronomically to the point where most of us want to weep with rage every time we get a gas bill through the door.

They did it with British Rail. They underfunded it until they created a culture where British Rail became the butt of a standard comedian’s joke – its food, the state of its trains, its reliability all got turned into a laughing stock. “Hey,” the Tories said. “We’ve got just the ticket. We’ll privatise it and consumers will get a better service. More choice and competition always means prices will go down.”

How’s that worked out for you? Are you enjoying your sparkling clean trains with plenty of seats for everybody, sensational food and cheap fares? If so, you must be living in the remote province of Mental Tory Land, where dogs wear hats and
hamburgers eat people.

Because the rest of us are on the same rubbishy old trains where half of us have to stand up because there are no seats (because the service is run by a rodent-faced Tory weasel whose only concern is the profit margin) and we’re eating the same disgraceful food while paying the highest ticket prices in Europe.

And now the Tories have their eyes on the final prize. The only truly nationalised industry in Britain – the health service. They are going to smash it to pieces.
Wreck it until it no longer functions. Then they will say: “Ah, no fear. We have the perfect solution.”

And then there will be Virgin Healthcare Centres. And Dynamic Medical Solutions Incorporated. And, at the lower end of the market, Bob’s Crazy Health World! (“This week, kidney transplants are just £12,000! We’re giving it away!” Warning: staff may not be actual doctors.)

Meanwhile, on the frontline, this is happening. Here is a Facebook post from Rich Bowman, a junior doctor in Birmingham: “Last night, I was the sole doctor on site caring for over 100 patients who were acutely unwell with complications from their cancer.

“Some couldn’t breathe, some were fighting overwhelming infections with literally no immune system, one had bleeding in their head and one had a blockage in their bowels. If I made a mistake because I was tired, any one of these patients could’ve died. Apparently I lack vocation, I’m overpaid and I need to work harder.”

Incredibly, some of the public are buying this rubbish. They are starting to believe doctors are overpaid, greedy and lazy. This is quite a trick the Tories have pulled off. I cannot believe we live in a country where people will accept this lie. Then again, I cannot believe we live in a country where Hunt can safely appear in public. It’s incredible. In any sane universe, the moment he stepped out of his front door he would be engulfed by an angry mob.

Or, better, Hunt would be chained alive to the Tower of London with a sign pinned to his chest saying exactly what he’s done to the health service and the public would be urged to go ahead and vent their anger. After a few weeks, there’d be nothing left but a couple of teeth and chewed clavicle.

Yet there he is – walking about, telling lies and destroying the NHS for cash.

Now, of course, it is different in Scotland, where Holyrood takes devolved charge of the NHS and, you would hope, will resist any and all moves towards privatisation. But, if England’s health service is driven into the corner, will Scotland’s be able to stand alone and unscathed? Possibly but very possibly not.

As Rich Bowman went on to conclude: “All we do is for our patients, how dare you try to turn them against us. All of this is your government’s fault. Well, you’ve picked a fight with the wrong crowd.

“Go on, announce imposition and just see what the most resilient, driven, passionate, intelligent group of people in Britain do next. Bring it on.”


Seven-Day NHS Scheme: Will Hunt’s Plan Bring NHS To Breaking Point? – National Daily Press