It is a well known trick of Tories, when they want to privatise a public asset, to take it into private hands by stealth, they deliberately underfund it, understaff it and then argue that it is failing, and they argue will be so much better under private hands. Anyone who uses the NHS know it is at critical levels. This is deliberate Tory policy.
They are deliberately underfunding because they want the NHS to fail. NHS staff are working double shifts because the government have cut funding for training and there is a chronic shortage of clinical staff, as this video shows.
I can only assume that Boris Johnson does not use the NHS, but that he is also in complete ignorance of the critical levels which all NHS hospitals and other services are now facing.
At least, you’d think so, as he was unaware of critical levels at a Nottingham Hospital prior to his latest PR stunt. This hospital is on black alert, and with winter ahead, things are going to get, far, far worse. Things are going to get far, far worse for Boris Johnson, too. This will happen wherever Johnson’s PR men set up these hospital stunts as Swkawbox reports.
Don’t believe Tories when tell you they are going to ‘rescue’ the NHS from their chronic underfunding and negligence. Insurance companies are ready to make profits from NHS, and pharmaceutical companies are overcharging NHS for generic drugs which could be produced for a fraction of that by Labour’s proposed public drugs manufacturer.
Johnson’s handlers were desperately trying to avoid 3rd NHS humiliation – but there’s nowhere in the NHS Tories haven’t wrecked. Boris Johnson and his handlers chose King’s Mill in Nottinghamshire for his latest NHS ‘PR stunt’ – and immediately came under fire for ignoring a neighbouring hospital that declared a ‘black alert’ only yesterday.
And it’s not the first time – not even the first time this 8-day-old month – that the hospital has had to declare the most serious level of NHS emergency.
But Johnson’s handlers are desperate to avoid scenes of NHS winter crisis – now in any case a year-round phenomenon – so they chose the King’s Mill hospital in nearby Ashfield instead.
“Boris Johnson’s problem is, where can he go to visit an NHS hospital that is not under extreme stress and in danger of collapse? The answer is simple: nowhere – at least in the English NHS, which the Tories control.”
However, Johnson’s alternative choice for his stunt today has also suffered repeated black alerts – and is under extreme stress now. So extreme that the hospital’s chief executive Richard Mitchell on Twitter went to the extraordinary lengths of commenting about it publicly earlier this week as Swkawkbox reports.
Johnson was obviously desperate to avoid a repeat of the scenes last week at Addenbrooke’s hospital, where he was booed out of the building by angry NHS staff and patients – even though he had made a surprise visit and none of them were expecting him.
But Boris Johnson’s problem is, where can he go to visit an NHS hospital that is not under extreme stress and in danger of collapse? The answer is simple: nowhere – at least in the English NHS, which the Tories control.
When Johnson went to a neo-natal unit in September – long before the general election campaign – he was confronted by the angry father of a baby who had almost died because the staff are so overstretched. Johnson barely knew where to put himself:
Just this week, hospitals in other parts of the country have been forced to seek help because not a single bed was free. The Tories have cut thousands of beds and millions of patient bed-days –5.5 million as long ago as early 2017, so far more now.
The image of sick toddler Jack Newman asleep across two plastic chairs went viral at the time as a symbol of the Tory cuts – but things have only gone downhill since then:
And the situation is a blanket one across all of England, whose NHS is still under the blighted hand of Tory control.
When Johnson was booed out of Addenbrooke’s, a brave young doctor in training spoke out about why – and it was not an issue confined to Addenbrooke’s, but an endemic one:
So where can Boris Johnson go? His options are the same as millions of patients looking for a hospital that is not on the verge of collapse – NONE!
In Tory Britain, patients die at home waiting for ambulances, or in ambulances waiting for admission – or in waiting rooms and corridors waiting for a bed – while doctors, nurses and other health staff break down in illness or despair because of the intolerable pressures they face daily.
No Tory PR stunt can hide that – and no choice of hospital venue can change or mask the reality.
If you care about the NHS – or for that matter yourself and your loved ones – there is only one choice: vote Labour.