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Burnham promises to ask for Hunt no-confidence debate


We need take the politics out of the NHS and have a grown up debate about what it is able to provide on the taxes we are prepared to pay" I realise people come to this forum to moan and get things off their chest.... But what, in an analysis, even at level 1 sixth-form class debate, does "take the politics out of the NHS" mean ? My adult memory goes back to the '92 election when that poor ENT surgeon got roasted by the media because Kinnock tried to score some political point about "Mary's ear" or some such. Doctors whinge about the NHS;politicians play the blame game about it. I need my car cleaned. I engage a car valeting service. You take take the poltics out of that - but not out of an enormous nationised bureaucracy at the apex of which is a front bench cabinet minister. In many ways, the current Governement is seeking to "take the politics" out of the NHS - but divesting itself of the responsibility for it. Did you buy British Leyland cars in the 1970s? I think people need to advance their ideas of how public funding works. The primary reason for the problems this forum discusses is that DEMAND for NHS services is more or less infinite. Providing for this demand HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH NOTIONAL IDEAS OF TAXES AND REVENUE. It has to do with providing 1. trained professionals 2. their time 3. the equipment and premises they need. The latter 3 items cannot be infinite.

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28 Jul 2015

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