Surely that should be why we elect them?
…the NHS has of course, a 100,000 staff shortage and that most of the private, supplementary ‘health’ activity is effectively NHS, both trained and employed and just staff working overtime – but not for the NHS.
This certainly gives the lie to the fact that the private sector doctors or nurses are ‘helping out’. As far as I’m aware there are precisely no private sector doctors or nurses (apart from those trained abroad) that are trained outside the NHS.
So, apart from the doctors trained abroad, this is pretty much a sham – those surplus doctors ready to ‘take up the slack’ and trained outside the NHS are almost non existent.
Thus ‘private’ interventions effectively steal doctors from somewhere else.
Yes, Cuba endeavours to ‘overtrain’ as it were (though I confess that I don’t know if those doctors sent abroad are ‘rented’ or for free) when they’re abroad….
But are either of those what the NHS is about?
Surely we have to invest in a health service as required.
Mind you, it would certainly be marvellous if we made a pledge to export those health service skills – that is much more likely to represent a ‘Global Britain’.
Proper investment in public health would be an equal advantage – for that clearly helps to prevent the NHS becoming a disease or illness service…
The interview also suggests that we need to invest in the NHS properly – not just announce that we’ve given the NHS a £billion. And in that context we ought to bear in mind we gave the Serco/ Harding test and trace system a mere £37bn.
In any event as most of us all know, doctors and nurses are a precious resource.
This is a resource, where, actually – unlike most of the money that this government so freely spends, you cannot spend (as, say, for KPMG consultants) in order to simply magic them instantly into existence.
Doctors actually require investment and materialise only after six or so years of that investment.
Of course doctors, even as state employees are somehow obliged to pay that ‘investment’ back.
Even when the investment is in fact making our society better.
Surely our government should see training health staff as simply investment in a better future for their electorate.
Funnily enough that same investment scenario would go for HGV drivers as well.
So isn’t that actually another reason why we elect governments – not just to protect us but also actually to invest in us.
Shouldn’t that be the proper test for the country’s elected government – has it actually, properly, invested in our futures?