I know Diane Abbott is Marmite – some people like her but many others don’t. She is making perfect sense here, though.
And any attempt by Jeremy Hunt to compare himself with Aneurin Bevan is to be treated with contempt – for precisely the reasons she provides.
Many of us nearly choked on our cornflakes on Thursday morning. The shock was caused hearing the hapless Tory Party Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt on the radio, grandly comparing himself to Nye Bevan the Labour Party giant and architect of the NHS.Both men had clashes with doctors. But there the resemblance ends. Bevan, was one of the greatest politicians of his generation. He challenged the doctors because he was trying to found a universal health service free at the point of use. He believed “No society can legitimately call itself civilised if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means”.
By contrast Hunt is trying to dismantle our Health Service and open the door to more private sector involvement. By virtually every measure NHS performance is deteriorating and waiting lists are spiralling. Hospital Trusts are racking up enormous debts because they are being asked to do more with less and nationally the NHS is wasting millions on the Private Finance Initiative. Targets for ambulance waiting times, A&E consultations, GP access and cancer referral times are all being missed.
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