Save the NHS

Today there is a march happening in London in support of the National Health Service. To my shame, I am not there.

But to express my solidarity with the marchers, here’s a post I put on facebook the other day:

If the NHS is ‘unsustainable’ while a privatised version would be ‘sustainable’, what does that imply? That people are more willing to pay for their own care via private insurance than for everyone’s care via higher national insurance or taxes (and probably to pay more overall, as private systems have to generate profit as well as cover costs)? – or rather that the current privatising government is populated and backed by people who would be reaping those profits?
If we as a country really ‘can’t afford’ the NHS, we wouldn’t be able to afford a private healthcare system either, unless of course the hidden factor is that in the private system some people just get left out altogether. But that ignores the social and human costs of not treating people – costs which the NHS was designed to avoid.

What we make we can break – but why must we?


Politics etc.

I haven’t had the energy or inclination to post much verbiage here lately, partly because the things that are going on in the world make anything I might find to say seem redundant – the news makes me sad or angry, or both.

I cannot say anything about yesterday’s news that hasn’t been said already by so many others.

Today, our junior doctors are striking  – and here is an article that says it all. It concludes:

And so health workers set an example for the rest of us. No Tory government has ever won a majority on such a low share of the vote. Less than a quarter of eligible voters opted for them. Do we just placidly accept their ideologically driven desire to drive back the frontiers of the state, to cut and privatise? Do we remain passive as they drive through cuts to universal credit which will leave millions of the “hard-working families” they patronise worse off, while they leave young people saddled with debt and stripped of state support; while war is waged against one of those most fundamental needs and rights, housing? I suggest not. Where the junior doctors and nurses march, we should follow – and remind the triumphalist Tories they are weaker than they think.