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This was interesting too, and again, received very little coverage in the TV and print news: http://bengoldacre.posterous.com/who-is-and-is-not-invited-to-camerons-emergen
Still, at least these apocalyptic reforms were thoroughly outlined/mentioned in the pre-election manifseto so everyone knew what they were letting themselves in for....
and were deliberately kept out of the manifesto.
So when Tories say they're not ideological they're talking bollocks.
But, that said, I don't think the reforms ever were anything to do with austerity - it was always sold as a system to improve the NHS. Obviously the problem is that it's obvious to literally everyone else that they won't work.
imagine being ill in hospital or trying to recover and then seeing him walk by and having to get up to shout at him.
It may just be me being stupid, but to me it's not clear from that video. Of course you don't really need a specific reason to dislike him, but why did he specifically ask him to leave?
the doctor chucks them out of the ward?
It was actually the journalists and photographers who he was having a go at for failing to abide by the infection control standards (nothing below the elbow etc etc), but yeah, they'd just wandered onto the ward to speak to patients without checking with the consultant.
The gaping maw of idiocy and pallid, sweaty eyes.
Hope is dying.
are they Randians or something?
I dunno. It's sad. And it's not democracy. It's sad.
Initially I think they believe the reforms were a good idea and would improve things and made a big fanfare of announcing them. It then became obvious everyone was against them but we live in a culture where politicians backing down or changing their minds is seen as a sign of weaknesses and I honestly think it's pride and fear of a humiliating climbdown that's keeping the Tories going with it in the desperate hope it works. The more obvious it's becoming it's an obvious vote-loser and a clear mistake, the more entrenched the Tories are getting and the harder Cameron's finding it to admit they're obviously a mistake.
had they not had an ideology driving the reforms, and an ideology that goes beyond simply improving care and making the NHS more efficient.
From the reports issued and those suppressed (eg the Risk Register), it's pretty obvious that those who drew up the proposals knew the impact that they would have on patient care and escalating costs - but that they were seen as collateral damage in the long-term aim of shifting the UK across to an insurance-based system.
And obviously it's all come in from a mindset that involving private companies in running things improves them (despite huge evidence to the contrary).
But I think they really believed they could sell it as "putting doctors in charge of the health service" and cutting bureaucracy and that people would actually buy into it and that the opposition's far exceed what they anticipated. Whatever the initial intention, it's pretty obvious now the logical thing is to stop 'cos the damage is going to far outweigh the political/ideological gain, even for those who do believe there is an ideological gain from this.
That might be their dream, but I thought these proposals were only relevant to the English NHS.
Kept on his bedside table.
i.e. that the exchange between the nurse and Cameron took place but nobody's actually facing disciplinary action. From the description it doesn't really sound like something you'd face disciplinary action over and, with the way tensions are at the moment, I'd be surprised if the RCN were denying that had happened if it had actually happened...
I like the way that Sir Leonard seems to dismiss the story by saying that the rumoured events could not have happened, because if they had done, he'd have heard rumours about it.