Killing NHS “good for Britain’s recovery” claims Health Secretary

“Well you see, the gradual winding down of the Health Service is very important for the economy. We will never get the recovery kick-started until the NHS is history, and I think most thinking people think that this is the sort of thinking we need to think our way out of recession,” said Health Secretary and part-time extortionist Mr Cherry B. Unt this morning.

“Do they? I thought most people held the view that closing the NHS will increase poor health, increase days taken off for illness, and increase unemployment,” asked Phil O’Pastry, the fresh-faced former West End dancer from the BBC4 sofa.

“Uh no, that’s quite wrong – it’s not all bad news,” the Minister countered, “You see, what we need is more money to be released into the economy, and the people with all the money are all these selfish old Baby-boomers with their enormous properties and undeservedly fat pensions. No, the only way to get consumer spending back on track is to ensure they all die of heart attacks and pneumonia due to lack of medical attention and poor health. And also to ensure they’ve all made a Will.”

“You think making a Will should be emphasised then?” inquired leggy 34-22-34 Samantha Pants, also on the sofa.

“Absolutely, of course it should. First and foremost because that means more work for lawyers, but also secondarily because they can sort out the probate quickly and get the stiff’s offspring writing lots of cheques for new cars and so forth. That’s the way to get Britain back to work,” Mr Unt replied, “and as it happens my company Hotwills is ready and willing to take on the challenge”.

“I see,” observed Phil, “well thank you so much for joining us Minister. Now, over to Jason Ergonought in Cumbria, where the snow is almost covering a lawn somewhere….how serious are things now Jason?”

Last Night at The Slog – the appalling pain of writing a reality cheque.

15 thoughts on “Killing NHS “good for Britain’s recovery” claims Health Secretary

  1. “sort out the probate quickly” – you’ll be lucky!
    Processing our Nan’s will is over a year now and still running.
    Nothing involving lawyers is quick. When the meter is running you’d be amazed the things that need to be done before completion.

  2. Good for Britons! The NHS kills more people than the Army (ie they die of something they did not have when handed over to the ‘caring service’!

    Sent from my iPad

  3. An interesting point you make in the article, do not know wether it was intended to mean this.

    Have been viewing a person as two time periods x and y where x is working age and y is a pensioner.

    Now y is funded by what you save during the period of x and the goal seems to be that all you are worth is devalued away (that great deflation of debt game they play) by the end of y. Same mechanism but you still have x and y whatever you do.

    Finally realised the two pronged attack… All at the same time as what you are worth is devalued away.

    They are adjusting the values of x relative to y. Make x longer then y appears shorter and more affordable – raising the retirement age achieves precisely this.

    Your point though and the NHS struck a note, just make the y shorter and don’t piss about with the changing of x – Little to no NHS would work wonders then.

    The pincer movement then realised and you are attacked from both ends. Of course those able to exclude themselves from this mechanism do not have to wory about any of this.

  4. You have to understand that the medicine and dentistry is gradually being taken from Drs and dentists and is being dictated by politicians,Nice,cqc,Htm-05 and a myriad of other quangos. Now when you go to the Dr or dentist you only get treated if your condition falls within certain parameters dictated by the above. Targets and box ticking are all. Govt is only interested in window dressing-access. They were horrified at pictures in the media of patients queuing round the block trying to get an nhs dentist . So with the 2006 contrick they corporately stole nhs dentists practices. Contracts had to be negotiated with over promoted secretaries who now held the purse strings in the PCT’s. Many quit so they opened the gates and relaxed the entry requirements for foreign trained dentists and Drs. Now many home trained can no longer get positions.
    It’s becoming clear that the plan is to have a few preferred bidders with whom govt will deal. The advantages for govt are obvious. A fixed amount spread among a few large corporates. The over supply of dentists and allowing direct access to Dental care Professionals and nurses doing work previously done by Drs will force costs down. Quality will undoubtably suffer but that buck will be firmly not be in the govt’s court. They will be able to boast x millions were spent etc. it’s not our fault if it goes wrong.

  5. Good article John.
    At first i was waiting for the punch line then realised that you are serious.
    Probably the long term aim is to kill of all the Baby Boomer’s, by poor health service, as per Lynn Atkinson above, if we lost as many troops as NHS patients there would be a greater clamor to bring then home.
    Anyway, once the BB’s have gone, the under 40′s are next, too brainwashed to care. or notice.
    Then all the jobs that are left, if any are needed can go to third world citizens on 2 or 3 year contracts, after 3 years maximum, back home you go.
    Thanks very much and we will repeat the exercise till the population levels are down to what they were in the 1930′s with the population knowing their place.
    The relative comfort, wealth and power of the working man was only a blip on the history of civilization. Serfs should know and obey their Masters.
    Sorting out my paperwork, my apprenticeship document, “States Master’s Federation,” the forerunner of the CBI. Things just go round in circles.

  6. Last time I checked all the boomers were doing great, forcing the young into debt slavery to buy the same house they got on a single salary, whilst nimbying to keep a lid on supply.

    Come back to me when pensioners don’t get free transport throughout London and I might be interested. Until then they are taking the piss.

    • It is all part of the propaganda………. tell people (the masses) that if they do not support the EU they are in a minority……… the unthinking are likely to think they do not understand ENOUGH about the EU.
      Have ‘organisations’ like the CBI tell everyone that jobs are reliant on the EU and the uneducated (on the EU) will think that jobs will be lost.

      I watched QT last week and the ending saw 2 women saying ‘we don’t knwo enough about it……..we need to be told more’ (in essence)… no thought of doing the ‘finding out’ for themselves and forming their own opinion……. they WANT to be led……….. which is why TPTB can get away with anything they like……… on the upside, I think the anti-EU argument has more support……… even the BEEB stacking the panel with the anti-farage crowd (pro EU) did not seen to garner much support with the audience.

      The question has been raised……. the propaganda flow will become a torrent and with the BEEB in every home….. it will be a hard fight !

  7. At the largest hospital in the UK treating brain injury, where my son is unfortunately a patient (sorry, should have said “service-user”) most of the staff appear to be of non-indigenous stock. Given that aphasia (speech impairment) is a common consequence of such injuries, it seems to me somewhat self-defeating to employ staff (from the top down) whose English is often hard to understand.
    Moreover, the rehabilitation offered is pathetically inadequate. Although all such facilities in the UK now appear to be privately run, they are mostly NHS funded, which means emphasis is placed on promoting the facility to fill ‘beds’, rather than maximising treatment for the patient. There seems to be a suffocating bureaucratic approach to care, lots of boxes to be ticked, statistical criteria to be adhered to. The overseer of such facilities (the Care Quality Commission) seems as unaccountable as the facilities, having far too few inspectors or inspections to be of any use – as in so many spheres nowadays.

    It also seems that because of all the funding cutbacks, there’s a general sense of demoralisation and disillusionment in the service, which must impact their approach to their work. Patients with such disabilities are particularly vulnerable, since they often cannot speak out.

    • @Alexei. Five years ago, New Year’s Day, my wife collapsed into a coma in front of me with a grade 5 sub-arachnoid haemorrhage, the day before we were due to fly to Tobago. She spent a month in intensive care, with likely outcome pretty bleak. I am sat today with her by my side, next to the pool, playing Scrabble (excellent therapy for aphasia) in Tobago. This is all down to the neuro-team at Hurstwood Park, her speech therapist and our families and her wonderful bloody- mindedness. If you need help, let me know and I will do my best to try and help.

  8. “Well you see, the gradual winding down of the Health Service is very important for the economy. ” John, this is so true and, let’s not forget, very price positive for the financial system and State finances. Annuity providers get to keep all unused capital when the old or not so old are prematurely killed off. Thus, the country and its financial institutions can be saved with one simple policy initiative – stop this free health care nonsense to retired people (they’re not contributing afterall and most of their ailments are the result of discretionary “lifestyle choices” anyway) and let them die early and often. Result: huge windfall profits to financial institutions, government can sell our forced-bailout equity holdings for a big profit, no need for hyperinflation to get ourselves out of the financial mierda and the entitled young can get their hands on the property assets early and without deductions for care home expenses. Moreover, there will be additional social benefits (which the polls suggest the old tend to be very supportive of): e.g., it will obviate the requirement to import 3rd world “carers” on a massive scale, significantly reduce loneliness, poverty and other uncomfortable statistics relating to “seniors” and generally reduce the young’s resentment towards them. Of course, it won’t be implemented because those selfish baby-boomers don’t care about anyone else but themselves!

  9. @ Milkman,
    Many thanks for your offer of help. I’m so glad for you that your wife has made such a good recovery. My son suffered a cardiac arrest getting off a plane at Heathrow 17 months ago – I believe his heart stopped for some 11 minutes before the paramedics arrived, by which time a lot of damage had occurred to his brain. His short-term memory is completely kaput, and he’s been assessed as not having “capacity” to manage his own affairs. All the accounts of recovery I’ve read about suggest that ‘recovery’ requires intensive therapy and a certain amount of bullying with the “re-learning process”, neither of which we have so far found to be offered by the NHS. Even if it were, he is sadly not motivated to strive to get better because he doesn’t understand the extent of his injury. After 3 different rehab units, he has noticeably deteriorated. They all seem to offer the earth in their publicity but it takes many weeks of actual experience to discover their shortcomings. How much leeway does one have in selecting a rehab centre of one’s choice?

    • @Alexei. As has been suggested on the Slog before, emergency treatment in the NHS can been superb. However most of the rest was a joke and one week into rehab was enough for us. After several interviews with staff expressing the epitome of condescension, we ignored their advice and I took my wife home and back to comfort and normality such as it was.
      It was a long road from there, at that stage she had to relearn living, from walking to talking, reading to writing and so much else. We took each day as it came and her own spirit fought each battle towards recovery.
      We wish your son all the best, there is always hope.

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