Coronavirus: Thousands sign up to help NHS do what community volunteers are already doing

The Tories are celebrating after half a million people answered Matt Hancock’s call to do unpaid work, making up for the cuts he and his party have made in the National Health Service.

What are we to conclude from this? That half a million Tory supporters have nothing better to do? Possibly.

That they haven’t realised that groups of local volunteers have already sprung up in communities carrying out two of the three duties the Tories have named? Probably.

No doubt they’ll come in handy, delivering equipment and medicines to NHS locations that need them.

But the simple fact is that people should be paid for providing this service, and the Tories should have thought of it themselves – rather than waiting for groups to spring up in local communities and stealing the idea.

Source: Coronavirus: Thousands volunteer to help NHS with vulnerable – BBC News

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3 thoughts on “Coronavirus: Thousands sign up to help NHS do what community volunteers are already doing

  1. jill phillips

    I doubt very much that they’re stealing the voluntary work. Rather do I expect them to be typically, waiting ‘in quarantine’ (just in case) to benefit from it.

  2. The Toffee (597)

    Expect a de piffle version of camoron’s ‘big society’ to rear it’s ugly head up again, once this emergency blows over.

    I can see the vulture capitalists crunching the numbers now, drawing up schemes for carving up the parts between them where they think they’d be able to kid people to volunteer for in future because the nHS’ll be further starved of funds.

    Instead, the people ought to DEMAND the privatised parts of the NHS are taken back into public control as part of their voluntary service.

    They’ve already paid their dues, it’s time they got the service without having t provide one themselves – national emergency, or not.

    How many in the ”1%” will be volunteering? How many in the top 10-15%? It won’t be as many as the bottom

    The Govt are meant to have planned for this. They used YOUR money to do so, and STILL they FAILED.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Er, the government did NOT plan for this. In fact, successive Tory governments since 2010 have systematically DESTROYED the plans for this – as I’m sure you’ve read here: https://wp.me/p4Sru1-dhJ

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