'The NHS is no fairytale and the wards are war. With record medical staff leaving, low morale and a worsening patient burden, a once-proud institution is truly on its knees. And unfortunately, according to some, that’s exactly the plan.
Now the alleged overseer of privatisation has been rewarded with even more responsibility while the NHS scrambles to stay afloat. And with that, the responsibility of even more lives.
As you may have guessed, I am talking about Jeremy Hunt. It is fair to say that the role of Health Secretary is a poisoned chalice, where no one is spared rebuke. And to Hunt’s credit, he has always spoke highly of the NHS and appeared to want the best for it in his public comments. But many can’t ignore the growing evidence of a struggle, and lay the blame at his feet.
In today’s reshuffle, Jeremy Hunt is now only Health Secretary, but has explicit control over social care. And today’s decision will seem to some a reward for failure – or even deliberate sabotage.
Whether you believe that the downfall of the NHS began with Thatcher, the introduction of Private Finance Initiatives, worsening social care or the most recent examples of increasing privatisation, we can all see things are worse off than they used to be. And at the centre of the worst crisis, and the lowest amounts of funding, in decades is Jeremy Hunt.
Now, with Hunt’s responsibilities extended, we are left to wonder: why are the concerns of doctors like me and our patients being ignored?'
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