18_october_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,234

Sunday 18 October 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

The Guardian reports that Dr Johann Malawana has called upon you to support junior doctors in their battle with Jeremy Hunt who plans to extend their hours and reduce their pay.

Asked if you were completely happy with Hunt’s tactics in the dispute, a spokeswoman for your office replied: “It goes without saying that the prime minister agrees with the secretary of state.”

This makes me think of the chief cow of a herd ushered into an abattoir asking to see the manager to ask for a stay of execution. That will happen exactly at the point when hell freezes over and not a moment before. Of course it is laudable so to do, but the fact is that the manager is as keen to shoot the bolt into the cows brain as the minion tasked with doing it. No stay of execution is going to come from the party that is hell bent on undermining and destroying the National Health Service and turning it into a privatised health business.

You have also made it clear that you favour the idea of private health and welfare insurance, although you made it clear this is not government policy at this stage it’s a one way street favouring a US style system which a study in 2011 found was amongst the least efficient and effective systems in the world.

The same study found that the NHS saved more lives for each pound spent as a proportion of national wealth than any other country apart from Ireland over 25 years.

Iain Duncan Smith thinks such a system is a way for people to take individual responsibility for their affairs, which is odd because we already do in paying personal taxes to maintain our National Health Service. I very much doubt that we’ll see a reduction in taxation if such a system is introduced which means we’ll be paying twice for health care which with increasing privatisation of the NHS will mean a reduced service. As Kailash Chand put it in the Guardian, ‘The idea that competition breeds excellence and market forces drive efficiency is a myth. There is not an iota of evidence that the costs go down and efficiency improves when private companies deliver NHS care. Costs increase and services may well get worse’. How can they not? Companies are in business to make a profit and the interests of the company will always eclipse the interests and welfare of clients, the public.

It is the job of government to look after the welfare of the nation as a whole, why on earth are we paying a fortune for a government that betrays our interests to market greed? As a number of comments of social media have said, your governments policies are the exact reverse of anything you say they are. Believing a word you say, as the Tory voting woman had found out the hard way when she spoke out this week on Question Time, is a recipe for disaster.