NHS IN SERIOUS TROUBLE – The NHS (National Health Service) was established to help everyone, including the needy and poor, to have access to high quality healthcare in the United Kingdom.
Our love affair with the NHS has been a turbulent one since its creation and there has been, over the years, more than one occasion where the NHS has come under attack for its poor performance in delivering quality healthcare that all British citizens should have access.
I cannot remember the last time I ever read anything good about the NHS, it has become so deeply entrenched in mismanagement and incompetent administrators that the entire system is collapsing under the its own weight.
The man responsible for the NHS is Sir David Nicholson who is now accused of residing over the most appalling hospital scandals, in the wake of the Stafford Hospital affair, where as many as 1,200 patients have lost their lives due to incompetence of hospital staff and administrator.
While the public are calling on the government to relieve Sir David from his post, he is adamant that his tenure is viable and that he is not ashamed of the failing of Stafford Hospital but rather blames the whole affair on ‘a failure in the system’.
What I find incredulous is that Sir David is responsible for the ‘system’ and therefore, if he had any moral fiber, he would step down from his £270,000 a year job.
There certainly is no question that Sir David failed miserably in his performance, but both the Prime Minister and the Health Secretary have both stated that despite Sir David’s gross mismanagement they do have confidence in Sir David’s ability to stay as chief of the NHS – which just reinforces my belief that there is no breaking down the wall of the ‘Old Boys Network’. No doubt the fireplace will be roaring in the hearth and the malt whiskey will be liberally passed around with numerous pats on the back and having a jolly good laugh at the crumbling system that is just a cash cow to many of the inept, uncaring and corruption politicians.
It is obviously clear that the public want Sir David removed from the post and this removal should not be up to David Cameron or Jeremy Hunt but rather the people. When will the Prime Minister learn that he is employed by the British people and therefore should execute his post to the will of the people?
Putting that issue aside the British public can only expect the situation of the NHS to get worse, with longer waiting times and poor standards of care. As the population continues to grow, and is certainly going to get a lot worse in 2014 with the Right of Free Movement for European countries being enacted.
The NHS is a great idea in principle and theory, but then again so is communism, but unfortunately principles and theories don’t always play out in the real world. The NHS is already under immense strain and it is obvious from the failing of Sir David that the system is no longer viable and that an alternative one must be found if the people of the Britain are going to receive healthcare that is in line with the policies of the NHS.
It is estimated that some 700,000 immigrants will enter the UK in 2013 and this figure will almost certainly grow after 2014. The question is, how will the NHS cope with the burgeoning population, and who is going to going to pay for all the immigrants that need treatment? The answers are simple and clear for all to see, the NHS is cannot cope with what it has now and it will be another burden on the already over taxed UK working person to foot the bill.