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The NHS is now in £521,000,000 debt. That’s quite a lot. More than twice as much as this time last year, in fact.
When responding to the last set of figures last December, Patricia Hewitt, our esteemed Health Secretary, announced that she would have the debt down to £250,000,000 by April. It’s now June, and she’s nowhere near – in fact, she’s heading in the wrong direction altogether, despite firing 12,000 people, cancelling countless operations, and reducing the quality of patient care. Yet today in Mad Pat world…
The NHS is now stabilising this financial problem while counting to improve services for patients.
Doubling of debt equals ‘stabilising this financial problem’. This new definition is very handy. Blood pressure doubled in 12 months? Don’t bother treating it, it’s stable! Tumour size doubled? Don’t worry about that cancelled op, your tumour’s stable! Think of the savings that can be made!
Doctors can see what’s wrong here. The BMA Consultants Committee said
Yes, bad management is a problem in some places, but the biggest cause is the interference from government. Something is going badly wrong and it is demoralising for staff.
We know the nurses are against her following the extraordinary action at their conference.
This demonstrates that even medical students, not yet employed by the NHS, aren’t fans:
And, hey-ho, the Confederation of the managers Mad Pat was so criticised for introducing in the first place is even against her:
It is all too easy to blame individual managers, but the financial problems often relate to systemic issues.
And, surprise surprise, the Opposition knows what’s wrong:
Policy is failing.
So who’s backing Mad Pat? Well, apparently, Mr Blair. Despite her coming out with meaningless misjudged announcement after meaningless misjudged announcement, even after missing her own targets by miles, there’s still no suggestion that she might be unfit for the position.
Nobody in the NHS likes her, she polls badly, and she doesn’t meet targets. Why on Earth is she still in office?