It has to be admitted that I have not commented much on the NHS reforms, unlike many of my blogging colleagues. This is not because I am disinterested, rather I have seen it as primarily a matter for primary care, and in this I have been remiss. It has now become clear to me that these reforms are simply part of a broader strategy to sell off the profitable parts of the NHS to friends and benefactors of the ruling party. This is not new in principal. I remember full well 120 million doses of swine flu vaccine being bought by the last government when realistically maybe one sixth of that would actually be administered. There were allegedly connections between Tony Blair and the owner of the company involved.
But that possible level of corruption is dwarfed by what is now proposed. And the brazen manner in which this is being pushed in the face of such broad opposition speaks of a contempt for the electorate and the medical profession that is breathtaking. This contempt is epitomised by those invited by the government to discuss the reforms this week. Bearing in mind that these reforms are first and foremost reforms to primary care it is inexcusable that the Royal College of General Practitioners was excluded, and extraordinary that the Royal College of Dinosaurs, sorry, Surgeons was included. Lansley has shown from the start that he is not prepared to give audience to anyone who might disagree with him. He has blatantly lied about support within the medical profession and given credence to low life like Michael Dixon. Talk about scraping the barrel.
To my mind anyone who genuinely believed in what he was proposing would be prepared to argue his case passionately, not to the converted, but to those who are not convinced. A refusal to engage with these people speaks of weakness, dishonesty and deviousness.
I may not know entirely what Lansley’s motives and deep intentions are. But the fact that he is being so subversive leads me to doubt that he is up to any good.
Like most of my colleagues throughout the profession I have come, possibly belatedly, to the conclusion that these reforms will be a disaster.