Ignore for now the fact that we don’t spend as much on health, as a proportion of GDP, than other comparable developed countries or indeed European countries.
That could easily be resolved and is a strategic, if hidden aim, not structural.
You also need to ignore the fact that the NHS is too busy pretending to be a ‘business’ to do anything else at the moment, let alone than get back to the basics of what is was actually founded for.
No, I’m talking conceptually here.
It’s nothing to do with the (questionable claim) that we’re all living longer either; that’s just another red herring.
It’s true that some people are living longer, but if you look closer at the statistics, it’s actually just that.
Some people are living longer. Namely, the wealthiest.
But I digress.
The reason for the decline in service and the apparent inability to meet an ever growing demand, is the fact that it’s no longer a subscription based service.
By that I simply mean that not everybody who uses the NHS, pays for it.
If everybody did, it would be fine.
It used to work fine as an insurance based service and so of course, it would now.
Think about it; even in the 1950’s when Britain was virtually bankrupt after the Second World War, it worked fine.
It was fine in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s.
So what’s changed?
All the nonsense about it needs to be funded differently, it’s a broken system blah blah, is rubbish.
Notice how BUPA works fine.
Okay, I know they cherry pick and subsequently don’t have an A&E service, but at the end of the day it’s contribution based.
You can’t use it if you don’t pay; absolutely no one gets treated in a BUPA hospital unless you’ve paid.
No ifs, no buts.
In fact, any Insurance based system, be it car insurance, house insurance or life insurance etc. works. Why?
Well because everybody pays in, but not everybody claims.
Hence why it works.
Yet with unlimited immigration and lip service to border control, once here, anyone and everyone uses the NHS.
Health tourism, whereby people come here who are already ill or pregnant, then just happen to need a doctor or coincidentally go in to labour whilst here are just part of the non-contributors.
So are all the people that have come here from the E.E.C. which has got to be several million over the last 10 years or so.
All are a net drain.
No one dare question any of this though, as obviously that would be ‘racist’.
There’s no health screening at immigration either. Obviously that would be ‘racist' as well.
So anyone and everyone that comes here could be ill for all we know.
This country had eradicated Tuberculosis and yet now it’s on the increase again.
Obviously, that’s nothing to do with and doesn’t coincide with all the grotty Eastern European countries gaining free access to Britain. No.
No doubt that would be ‘racist’ too.
Just coincidence then.
I went in to an NHS walk in centre last year and to be fair, there were only a few people before me.
However, they were all eastern European. I know because I couldn’t understand a word anyone was saying in the whole building.
No doubt that’s ‘racist’ as well.
You simply can’t have thousands and indeed millions of people entering the country, without ever having paid a bean in to the system, some of whom bring illness with them and indeed in some cases is exactly why they come, yet expect no consequences.
If you do want that, then fine. Just don’t feign surprise when the NHS collapses.
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Make no mistake though, the Tories and former governments alike are happy to let this happen, as they want to get rid of the NHS anyway.
The wealthy liberal elite can’t wait to hand over the health section to the ‘market’ and their business friends and masters
They’ve been doing it by the back door for years, starting with Margaret Thatcher when she introduced ‘market forces’ in to the NHS.
It’s a classic ruse, as a preamble to privatization.
Give them their own budget, run the service in to the ground down so everyone complains that something must be done.
Then say you’re right. It’s terrible, we must do something.
And that something is privatization.