It’s 22 February 2012, and its my birthday. I am on Nights, but this has been cushioned by a tweet from Jeri Ryan of Star Trek Voyager fame, no we are not romantically involved, for a start she is not hairy enough for my tastes, the other tweet I got today was from my MP, @JTomlisonMP – I want to thank him for not only putting up with my rants, but also replying, if he wasn’t a Tory I would vote for him, probably 🙂
The subject was the the publicaiton of the Risk Register on the NHS Reforms. Mr Tomlinson informs me that the NHS were mentioned in the Conservative Manifesto but his ‘boss’ publicly said there would be no ‘top down reforms’ of the NHS, there is a major dissection of the it going on at the moment, apart from the fact that he is totally wrong and does not have a moral or democratic mandate to privitise the NHS he now is refusing to publish the Risk Register.
The Risk Register sets out the possible risk of the the current – I apologise I can’t call it is a re-organisation of the NHS, a reorganisation is re-arranging the chairs, moving the Parking Space, what they are doing is privitising the Health Service and I can’t move on from that point so I am going to call it what it is – privatisation. Mr Tomlinson towed the party line about that the register is a glorified think piece of what might happen, what could go well, what could go wrong, and to an extent I accept this argument, but we have a right to know what could go wrong because the NHS belongs to all of us, and if there are messing about with it I want to know that they have thought of everything.
Interlude: The reason I abhor the current plans on the NHS is that the Tories and the LibDems – lets not forget these political opportunists – are pushing through is that the NHS is the greatest achievement that this country achieved in the past 100 years, it is glorious, when you read what it replaced it is a pinnacle of humanist & christian achievement that this country has produced – I really do beleive in the NHS, though I do not use it a lot, it is there, it is constant, and it should be above politics, the this Government has politicised and in an outstanding piece of political thuggery ignored the vast majority of the population from the ordinary person, through the Unions, right up to the Royal Colleges of Medicine – this government has truly united the people!
In a meeting a couple of days ago Cameron invited a selection of notables who, if not agreed with the privatisation of health care, didn’t oppose it, totally ignoring the very groups of people he said were going to be the leading voices in the process, trouble it backfired, even the ‘almost loyal’ cast doubt on the process. It has been as, in the words of Blackadder, Cameron’s attitude has been:
if nothing else works. a total pig-headed unwillingness to look at facts n the face will see us through
Back to the plot, and why the Government will not give me information on what the risks are with the privatisation of the NHS, every time we have a Tory Government they insist of devaluing the NHS, yes it needs reform, not destroying. Also I want to know what risks the Government are taking with the Nation’s Health Service – if a go to a Doctor they will outline the risks so I can make an informed choice, make a judgement – it makes me wonder how reckless this government is being about the NHS, and that makes me angry, very angry.
It is not only a case of wanting to know, it is a case of needing to know to have an informed debate about the process, the Government are calling the opposition scaremongerers but they are not providing the information to have a full debate.
Parliament should have full knowledge of the possible consequences of any course of action the Government is undertaking (perhaps with the exception of current military operations, or where people’s lives could be put in danger) – isn’t that what democracy is all about, or have I missed something? The NHS ‘Reforms’ are politically motivated, embarked upon with obscene haste to further political dogma. Apparently Cameron is favour of transparency – when it suits him.
Why are the government afraid of transparency, of democracy, of the people?
Read the words of June Hautot – an OAP who HAD to protest