Whoever wins, our NHS remains in serious danger

COMMENT: NHS workers are still living a day-to-day of complete turmoil, in mental and physical exhaustion, while struggling to make ends meet

Friday, 15th July

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‘One of the most nauseating images of the pandemic was the sight of Boris Johnson, and other front benchers, banging pots and pans on their doorsteps for the NHS’

STORIES about crises in the NHS and government lies have become so normalised in recent years that both are in danger of becoming humdrum.

Yes, we all want a new era of higher standards in public office post-Johnson. But we should with equal force be demanding a return to decency in the NHS.

Frankly, things are now getting dangerous with this week’s black alert.

Most people have been freed from the shackles of Covid safety restrictions, and have returned to some semblance of a normal life.

But NHS workers are still living a day-to-day of complete turmoil, in mental and physical exhaustion, while struggling to make ends meet.

It simply cannot go on like this. There needs to be a huge shift, in terms of investment and priorities. Are politicians up to the task?

One of the most nauseating images of the pandemic was the sight of Boris Johnson, and other front benchers, banging pots and pans on their doorsteps for the NHS.

This was just one of the rank hypocrisies from a government that had, over the decade before the pandemic in 2020, slashed the health service to the bone, carving its carcass into malleable morsels that are bought and sold off to companies that are – not every time admittedly – run by friends and family.

Under Johnson, the Health and Care Act came into force that will further fragment the NHS and spread of private interests. It does nothing to address the state of emergency the NHS is in.

And what about all those new hospitals? A political cliché, but a week ago feels like a long time since the National Audit Office announced it would be launching an inquiry into Mr Johnson’s claim 48 new hospitals will be built by 2030.

Plans for “the biggest new hospital building programme in a generation” remain on a government website, despite concerns that the policy had been “over sold”.

You can go online for yourself and scan a map of the country to see how our area will benefit from the government’s flagship NHS policy.

The Whittington, which appears to be under such intense pressure this week, will receive “one digital mammography unit” from the scheme.

Boris Johnson’s tenure at Number 10 has shown only contempt for the NHS and its staff. His legacy has been to put profit before lives.

We cannot trust this government to rescue our NHS, whoever is appointed health secretary is. It’s up to the unions and the many health campaigns to keep up the pressure.

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