No thanks to the NHS

Thank you NHS signs adorn London streets. And at 8 pm every Thursday, thousands of lemmings in the throes of mandated collective enthusiasm rush to their window to applaud the NHS.

Thank doctors and nurses instead

An outside observer could assume that the NHS is saving lives. Yet such an assumption would be based on what in rhetoric is called a category error. In this case, the error is in confusing NHS doctors and nurses with the institution that employs them.

That our heroic frontline troops are risking – and losing – their lives in the battle against the pandemic is beyond doubt. Yet their heroism no more justifies the NHS than the Light Brigade’s heroism vindicated the system that had sent those young men to charge Russian guns at Balaklava.

Doctors and nurses become doctors and nurses because they want to save lives. They do so under any system of medical care in His creation: private, public or a mixture of the two. They even try to save lives where no system exists, say in the far ends of Africa.

And of course they do so in Britain. Yet here they do their noble work not because of the NHS but in spite of it.

Acting in the manner of every giant socialist bureaucracy, the NHS ties medical professionals hand and foot with red tape, buries them under an avalanche of idiotic forms, wastes their time in courses on such non-subjects as diversity, subjugates them to self-serving administrators and consultants.

To create high-paying positions for those parasites, the NHS cuts hospital beds and frontline jobs. As a result, more and more excellent doctors who can’t take that nonsense any longer retire in their 50s or even 40s.

Now that coronavirus has scared the country out of its wits, medical professionals find it easier to navigate their way around parasitic administrators to do their jobs more efficiently than they ever could before.

Part of the reason the NHS is now moving somewhat faster than normally is that it grudgingly has to accept help from private enterprise. But the system’s socialist DNA still forces it to sabotage such cooperation – even with lives at stake.

Thus a British PPE manufacturer had to sell millions of masks, gowns and aprons abroad because the NHS was giving it a bureaucratic run-around. The manufacturer said it had spent “five weeks hammering at the government’s door”, all to no avail.

According to the BBC, at least five other companies have been unable to contact the government with offers of supplies. Many MPs also have similar stories to tell about their constituencies.

And even Labour MP Diane ‘Corbyn’ Abbott, herself a borderline communist, complained: “I have at least one company that has hit a brick wall with the NHS bureaucracy.”

When even socialists begin to whinge about a socialist showcase, things must be really bad. Let’s remember that next time when we feel compelled to thank the NHS.

5 thoughts on “No thanks to the NHS”

  1. Spot on Mr. Boot Sir! I read yesterday of an NHS Diversity and Equality Manager. I kid you not, they exist. Further research on various job sites revealed that these posts are extensive across the NHS and attract salaries in excess of £50, ooo a year. Time to start trimming the fat, there’s plenty of it.

  2. One of my abiding memories of working as a junior doctor in an Australian tertiary hospital, is that the senior administrators’ parks all abutted the main hospital entrance, and that their vehicles were the most expensive in the place.

    1. The surgeon who took out my gall bladder drove a Ferrati, while my oncologist zipped around London in a little Peugeot. The surgeon has since been bankrupted by the combined efforts of Inland Revenue and divorce lawyers, while the oncologist has retired as a venerated (and one hopes wealthy) member of his profession. Cause and effect?

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