Although laudable and necessary localised protests and petitions against the closure of cottage hospitals and specialist units, and all other aspects of medical and social care, alone cannot achieve the aim of restoring the N.H.S. to the status of its glorious inception and history. Nor will the educated voices of newspaper columnists who report on the failings of the N.H.S. without offering any remedies or solutions to the problem.
What is required is a national debate or even a referendum. The problems in the N.H.S. is not one of many problems this or any succeeding government must tackle but the problem. A top-class medical service is the epitome of a functioning civilisation. For the N.H.S. to fall into disrepute is to chronicle the beginning of the end of civilisation in our country. This is not to question the Government’s austerity stance, something that would not be considered but for the failings of the previous Labour administration and the general uselessness of all politicians and Bank of England officials, anyone of which you would have thought would be clever enough to have foretold the calamity on the horizon, but to impress upon Government the sincerity of our disgust for the way they have collectively messed-up the health and social care of this country.
Now is the time for ideas, not from Government think-tanks but from those with most to lose if the National Health Service falls to privatisation and the American way of distributing medical care, the general public. I have offered my idea for helping out N.H.S. funding, I hope others will come up with something better.