'Truth' is a complicated word

THERE's a lot to get through in this next post. It's to do with Daniel Hannan the Tory MEPs comments on the NHS, where he effectively sticks the knife in in a damning summary, warning the US president Barack Obama and co not to adopt Britain's 'free at the point of need' healthcare policy so famously coined by the Labourites of the 1940s and beyond. Naturally, the Tory leader David Cameron is not a happy bunny over Hannan's remarks and has defended our national healthcare system. That's what he was saying in his weekly email letter this week.
Here's a quick reminder: "Millions of people are grateful for the care they have received from the NHS - including my own family. One of the wonderful things about living in this country is that the moment you're injured or fall ill - no matter who you are, where you are from, or how much money you've got - you know that the NHS will look after you. That's why we as a Party are so committed not just to the principles behind the NHS, but to doing all we can to improve the way it works in practice. So yes, we will spend more on the NHS, but we will also improve it so that it is more efficient and responsive to patients. People working on the frontline will actually be able get on with the job they signed up for, without getting tied up in a web of targets. And we will put more power in the hands of patients by giving them better information about the care they can expect to receive. Underlying these reforms, and our whole approach to the NHS, will be one big ambition - that future generations will be even prouder of the NHS than we are today."
For once, I'm not towing the Cameroon Tory party line on the NHS, and agrees, in parts, with Hannan - who is actually a rogue Tory - he's famous for the brilliant speech where he slammed Gordon Brown as our 'devalued PM of a devalued government.' Gordon just sat there in the EU Parliament laughing, but then what else could he do? If there's one thing I've learned, the truth is a complicated word. Some who tell the truth, often offend others, some believe the truth is actually a lie,(they can't handle it) and others portray a lie as the truth (you can observe that through the fabulous orator Mr Blair - but enough said). Now, which ever way you assess Hannan's speech, you can't deny that there are problems with the National Health Service. FACT. Maybe he just happened to overstate his point - for his own political gains? Maybe? But he's right, in small doses. Just because it's been a success here, or has worked - (albeit up to a point, doesn't mean it will work in the land of the free - the US.) Here's my 'indirect' experience with the NHS. His brother, a couple or so years ago, went into Hospital with a punctured lung. It was following on from this that I observed the Accident and Emergency administration. It was slow, ie, getting a Doctor down to see a distressed brother who obviously did not know it was a punctured lung. There were problems with getting a bed. When a bed was available, it had not been cleaned, there were bloodstains on the floor, (not yet cleaned up.) Maybe it's not a typical case, but clearly there was a lack of organisation at that time. Moving on. Then, a nurse overseeing, made a mistake in the procedural administration, ie, trying to inflate the lung (once diagnosed) (Luckily a Doctor was on hand - the nurse had obviously not been properly trained). So there we have it, that's one example of an NHS that doesn't deliver (or takes longer to deliver that great on the spot free at the point of need healthcare that is the pride of Britain?....
Here's a great quote from Iain Dale on his blog: "This whole row illustrates the problem we have in this country. It is impossible to have a rational debate about the NHS because the moment anyone utters the most mild of criticism (and I accept Hannan's doesn't fall into that category!) or dares to suggest that the NHS actually isn't all that perfect, they are dumped on from a great height and accused of wanting to "Americanise" or privatise the whole system."
Actually Dale is right, whenever anyone criticises anything in this country, they are either accused as being unpatriotic, extremist, or downright troublemakers wanting to destabilise the status quo. Labour, and indeed sometimes the Tories would have you believe that the status quo is working, when in reality it isn't. They harp on about reform - but words preceded with actions are rare on the ground.
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