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Reader’s Comment of the Day: Let’s rid socialism from the NHS


In response to Kathy Gyngell: Roots of doctors’ strike lie in feminisation of the profession, Tom Burroughes wrote:

To some extent this is a consequence, not of a culture of “rights” (although that plays a part, to be sure) but of the very fact of our Fabian socialist system of healthcare of the NHS. We should want people in the profession who are, in the best sense, “selfish”, as in being passionate about achieving their maximum potential as doctors, surgeons and nurses. We want people who see their patients as equals – buyers of their services and skills, rather than people who obediently receive what the men and women in white coats deign to give them.

I am no doubt going to be dismissed as some sort of Thatcherite ideologue when I say that if we want to change the attitudes the author complains about, we need to get the socialism out of healthcare. I don’t see a problem with the fact that so many women are doctors, however. That says more about the standards of education achieved by young men as it does about anything else.

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