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Readers’ comments: The reality of ‘Our NHS’


In response to Nick Booth: My (Our!) NHS Diary: Rules is rules

ibnezraster wrote:

Thanks, Nick, for your latest Carry On Up the NHS – hope you can put these episodes together for a slim volume?

Cynical wrote:

Nick, FFS whenever you feel the urge to do a squat jump, burpee or other instrument of self torture encouraged by the psychopathic physios resist. If pressed, remind yourself that you are a gentleman of a certain age (significantly more than them), have seen the world, abused your body and know its limits. Then demand a Guinness as it’s good for you.

John__Andrews wrote:

The NHS needs to do a lot of things. But by and large it’s not going to do them, however much money and however many lives it wastes, because it’s a 1950s nationalised industry with a copper-bottomed taxpayer guarantee. Their jobs are safe however inefficient they are and however many patients they fail.

Like the BBC, the NHS cannot be significantly reformed because at its heart the model is based on socialist thinking which doesn’t work. Altruism is always trumped by producer capture.

Hank Rearden wrote:

There is an international league table of testing for Covid19 showing ‘our NHS’ 20th of 20. 

It really make me wonder if they deserve the applause and plaudits? Could it in fact be a politically riven, vast state bureaucracy that has been exposed as hideously unprepared to deal with an obvious threat? Could it be institutionally unable to respond or change in any meaningful way? Hasn’t Covid-19 shown it to be a failed experiment that we should now do away with?

And lastly, if it’s ‘our NHS’ that means I own a bit, right? So how do I sell my bit? I’d rather spend the cash with an organisation that’s actually accountable to me via direct contract.

telemachus: wrote:

How refreshing, Nick, to read a reality view of how the NHS really is, written in the face of your adversity. The ultrasound episode is fairly typical. Contracts over patients’ needs. Keep taking the tablets.

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