Despite the romantic praise by Michael Moore in his latest documentary film Sicko, public health care in the United Kingdom, despite increased investment from the government, remains as terminally sick as ever.
Earlier today, thousands of staff working for the National Health Service marched in Central London to protest against more damaging government reforms. Many of those who attended have said that the NHS has declined under the present Labour administration.
They also are dismayed at continuing attempts by the government to bring in multinational health corporations to manage hospitals and run local clinics. Well thought-out plans to help improve health care in this country should be welcomed. However, many proposals put forward by the government would make an already bad situation worse. Over the last ten years, the NHS has also suffered from structural reorganisation and blatant political interference, which has disrupted the delivery of front-line services, particularly at local level.
Next year, the NHS will be sixty years old…. but if the government has it’s way the public service may not be around for much longer….