This week our UK national health service got broken up a bit more. Instead of buying medicines en bloc, so that you have one of the world’s most important purchasing unit, there’s going to be a collection of cottage industries where general practitioners buy direct. Everyone in government knows that corner shops can negotiate cheaper supply prices than Tesco. The purpose of this is to make doctors rich … I mean, the purpose of this is to make surgeries local places for local people. Take your pick.
The change didn’t get much attention. Health experts are hoping the disastrous policy will fall apart and die so they’re not being too loud about it. The big health story was the Health Secretary explaining how sorry he was that a few thousand patients in the Midlands died because hospital staff basically couldn’t be bothered to feed them. I don’t remember what he said he was going to do about it, apart from blaming the nurses, but then I can’t take this man seriously. His voice just reminds me all the time that he used to be the Culture Secretary before he had to leave that office when it was discovered that he wouldn’t even answer the phone until he knew what Rupert Murdoch wanted him to say. No of course he didn’t resign.
On the same day UK closed its own helicopter rescue service and hired an American firm to do the work at greater cost. We do that with most things. Also our Prime Minister (who at least is too honest to enjoy it) was forced to say some nasty things about all the immigrants who are supposed to be sneaking into the country so that they can starve to death in our hospitals at the taxpayers expense. Read More→