UK prime minister Rishi Sunak has claimed that the NHS is not in crisis, despite the fact that 12 trusts have declared critical incidents, seven million people are waiting for treatment and patients are suffering life-changing disabilities due to delays in treatment caused by his government’s mismanagement.
It’s no wonder the British Medical Association has declared Sunak “incompetent” and “delusional”.
This is nothing to do with the current nurse/ambulance strikes, by the way – it is the way the National Health Service in England currently operates as a result of Conservative government policy
On ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Dr Hilary Jones described Sunak’s NHS as “Third World medicine”.
He said one hospital had such long waits for admissions that a junior doctor was assigned to “car triage”, meaning he spends his entire shift checking on people waiting outside in their cars.
Another new term being used in Sunak’s NHS is “reverse boarding”: kicking a patient out of a resuscitation/cubicle space in emergency care and placing them in a corridor so a more critical patient can take their place. Dr Jones read out a message stating, “Today we did this so that a patient could die anywhere other than a corridor.”
Another message stated: “Twice this month I have had patients miss the window for thrombosis and/or a thrombectomy, which refers to the use of clot-busting drugs to stop brain damage in someone who’s had a stroke. We’ve missed the window, which is two hours, because they have been sat in an ambulance in our hospital car park for too long.”
Reading the doctor’s message, he continued: “‘That’s two people with life-changing disabilities that could have been prevented… I am heartbroken.'”
He added: “People are saying, for the first time in their careers they are in tears at the end of their shift, and when they return to the next shift the same patients are still waiting to be seen after 24 hours.
“These are just a small sample of what is going on, and for Rishi Sunak and the government to pretend that this is not a crisis, when more than a dozen trusts have announced critical incidents, is not only delusional as the BMA say.
“I would say that at the very best it is ill-informed misjudgement – at the very worst it is total irresponsibility and incompetence.”
See and hear it for yourself:
So why is Sunak pretending there isn’t a crisis?
To save his miserable face.
He’s not going to visit any hospitals to check out the conditions there for himself. He’s not going to talk about the NHS in any statements or interviews. In fact, he’s unlikely to come out of his Downing Street hidey-hole at all. The same goes for the current excuse for a health secretary, Steve Barclay:
This was all anticipated. This is normal… Just ignore the crisis and it will go away. That’s Sunak’s policy, as Maximilien Robespierre states in the video above.
Perhaps you’d like to scroll back up for a moment and remind yourself of what Rishi Sunak considers normal NHS service: patients being triaged in cars outside our hospitals because they can’t get in; others being moved out of beds so that someone else can die in them; still more being left with life-changing disabilities because doctors couldn’t get to them in time.
As Robespierre states: “The priority is the prime minister. The priority is the [Conservative] Party; protect the prime minister and protect the Party.
“This is bad news. It’s a bad look for the prime minister – and he believes that if he ignores it, it will go away.”
He went on to describe Sunak’s attitude as “bunker mentality”.
Sunak would like to claim that any current problems in the NHS are a result of the backlog built up during the Covid-19 pandemic – but Robespierre showed a video clip that proves the government was aware of all the current problems more than four years ago, predating the pandemic.
Sunak’s mentality is more accurately described as one of pushing people towards privatisation; he wants us to believe that a public health service is inadequate by its very nature – and is happy to create a false impression that it must be that way by de-funding it, starving it of resources and staff.
He doesn’t care that many people cannot afford hugely expensive (and often, itself, inadequate) private healthcare. He doesn’t care that people are suffering life-changing harm. He doesn’t care that many people are dying unnecessarily.
That’s just collateral damage on the way to a profitable future for the private health profiteers that he and his party support.
And it will continue as long as members of the public look the other way.
Far too many people are saying they can’t be bothered to vote because politics is “nothing to do with me”.
I wonder why they would still believe that when the political leaders they allowed to rule are deliberately harming them and killing their friends and/or family members.
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