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Who runs the country – the NHS or the Tories?


THE utter failure of the Government, elected politicians and Whitehall to learn lessons from the Covid crisis and to make future plans accordingly is staggering.   

The public is told that the Omicron variant is spreading like wildfire and will ‘overwhelm the NHS’ unless the population gets booster vaccination jabs to ward off the otherwise inevitable ever-tighter restrictions being implemented – as last time around.  

The fact that Omicron is far milder and has killed no one in the UK thus far is being fought tooth and nail by the healthocracy, which has the Cabinet securely in its jaws.  

The warning once again is that the NHS might be overwhelmed. Lockdowning will be our fate again, our eternal recurrence, in order to protect the NHS – which is supposed to protect us.  

Vast extra sums have been allocated to the NHS in the Chancellor’s budget, yet it remains a poor, vulnerable creature, unable to cope with a reprise of last year, even a far less deadly strain. 

As so often with this administration, it has some good ideas, but then these are messed up and lost in chaos. The Nightingale ‘fever’ hospitals were built brilliantly fast, equipped and ready for surging Covid cases, only for the realisation that there was not enough nursing staff to run them.  

In fact there was, and is, a very large body of skilled nurses which could have been used by the Government with emergency powers. But ‘the Blob’ prevented their deployment, and still does. 

It would have been simple to deploy these trainee nurses had the Government insisted. And still today this plan for surge capacity with Nightingales and trainee nurses would be the obvious answer ‘to stop the NHS being overwhelmed’.  

We hear that the NHS has fewer beds available now than before the plague struck. Nothing has been done to reform the structure of nurse training so as to have thousands of deployable nurses at the ready. 

So we have ask ourselves, why not? Is the NHS itself incapable of reform and adjustment, when it is being given huge extra funds? Or is there some other motive behind the refusal to do the incredibly obvious?  

Do our health bureaucrats have political motives to preside over chaos and the fear that the NHS will be overwhelmed, when they have apparently prevented the measures which would ensure that it could cope with surge capacity? 

Whitehall and its Department of Health is evidently imbued with a Blairite Left-wing groupthink. Kate Bingham, the one success story in last year’s horror show as chair of the Vaccine Taskforce, told us this, and she has been replaced by another civil servant. 

Matthew Taylor, a deeply Blairite political activist, is now chief executive of the NHS Federation. He is certainly not likely to return nurse training to the ward-based system and away from the control of the Blob’s university departments.  

Millions are being wasted by the NHS on Left-wing causes New Report Slams NHS’s Woke ‘Race Equality Standard’ Scheme – Guido Fawkes (, raising the question as to whether it is totally focused on health care delivery at all. 

If common sense is so astonished at the NHS actually reducing its already very low number of beds, we are compelled to wonder whether the NHS now is happy to embarrass a Tory government, Leftist as it is, and to urge it to repeat the destabilising lockdown regime – all because of this mad refusal to build up surge capacity. 

What is the reason for this intolerable failure to make the obvious and necessary plans: Is more lockdowning actually desired? 

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Timothy Bradshaw
Timothy Bradshaw
Timothy Bradshaw is a Theological lecturer and Anglican clergyman

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