Politics and Pain

I’m writing this in the aftermath of the 2015 General Election. So, while a stay in hospital is not pleasant at least I avoided much of the discussion and speculation. I don’t, as a rule, make too many political comments here: this blog is about me, and my interests, and politics both bores and frustrates me: the results and consequences don’t but the political game is too tedious, arcane, and obfuscated for me.

I will, however, express my fear of another Conservative government. I’ve spent the last couple of days in the care of the NHS: part of the package of care that Conservatives wish to either kill off or privatise. I’m lucky, in that I don’t need some aspects of care and welfare: I am usually healthy and fit, and in employment, but that could so easily be different. I’ve had a operation that would be incredibly expensive in a private healthcare system- and as I’ve had prior problems health insurance would probably run a mile- but as I have friends and family, the NHS, and a proper job with a reasonable employer, I don’t have to worry about care for myself, or who pays for it. It really doesn’t bear to think how that could be so, so different, and the electorate in their wisdom have chosen a party that are continually heading in that direction. As one of the “hardworking taxpayers” we keep hearing about, I’d like to remind everyone that most of us will use the NHS and many of us may have to use the welfare state. Ask yourself this question: If you found yourself unable to work for an extended time, how far are you from financial difficulty? If you need medical assistance, can you afford anything other than the NHS? Syill feeling nice and secure?

In the post I’ve linked, I refer to wasters. We all know wasters exist: there are people who don’t work through choice and contribute nothing: but these are fewer than some would have you believe. There are many people unable to work for a wide range of reasons and it could so easily be you.

The care I received was excellent, by the way. Part of the systematic disassembly of the NHS is to say that it is failing and inefficient (because, obviously, the private sector is always efficient and works 100%) but all I saw were hardworking, professional staff looking after patients, and I’m hugely disappointed and more than a little worried that we’ll see this situation further damaged by the new government. My pain will fade over the coming weeks and can be dulled with painkillers; the country’s pain will last for 5 years at least.

2 Responses to “Politics and Pain”

  1. species5618 Says:

    This may put the cat among the pigeons

    Last three elections were not won by being better, but lost by being unprepared. With the exception of health provisions, I think the result may be appropriate (I wont say right !) for what needs to be done, for the greater good. it will always be impossible to please everyone !

    The health provisions are defiantly a huge area of concern, however what ever takes place will upset someone

    if they throw money at it. someone will accused them of wasting money
    if they push for efficiency, some middle manager with interpret that as work harder and mistake will be made.
    Having worked for a corporate for 12+yrs, I know top down efficiency drives create huge amounts of contempt, and finger pointing, however if a Telco a mistake its means a upset customer not a dead one !

    I honestly do not know what the right answer is, but you can bet unions, workers, management and Secretary of State for Health (the current one has such an unfortunate surname) will come to blows over it..

  2. stymaster Says:

    I don’t think that’s overly controversial.

    My biggest problem is backdoor privatisation: NHS services being farmed out to private companies. If the privvate company is making profit, then it’s either a) cutting cormers, or b) overcharging.


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