“Home care is currently in trouble with local authorities having cut their funding.”
NO! NO! NO! YOUR GOVERNMENT HAS CUT FUNDING TO LOCAL AUTHORITIES!
“… social care is means tested and supplied by the local authority, whose grants, throughout the recent period of austerity have been cut.”
BY YOUR GOVERNMENT!
“As to the blame game, it simply won’t get us anywhere.”
YES IT WILL – YOUR GOVERNMENT’S AUSTERITY POLICY GOT US HERE! YOUR GOVERNMENT HAS CHOSEN TO STARVE THE NHS TO FEED HS2 FOR EXAMPLE. IT HAS INSISTED ON TARGETS THAT CANNOT BE MET BY A DEFUNDED NHS AND THEN FINES HOSPITALS FOR NOT REACHING THEM!
(And be honest, if it was Labour in power YOU would be blaming Corbyn!)
“Britain spends less as a share of its GDP on health care than most other rich countries. If taxpayers want that to change they will have to pay for it. And yes that might mean patients, diverted from expensive systems of care into cheaper ones.”
NO! IT CAN SPEND MORE ON THE NHS – IT WAS A CHOICE OF YOUR GOVERNMENT TO SPEND LESS AND UNDERFUND HEALTH CARE COMPARED TO OTHER COUNTRIEs AND TO SPEND MORE ON WASTEFUL VANITY PROJECTS. THIS IS A RICH FIRST-WORLD COUNTRY NOT A POOR THIRD WORLD ONE?
“As for surgeries, why can’t doctors deal with some patients by e-mail? it would mean they could devote more time to the seriously ill when they come in. Some people already pay for prescriptions, as they do for dental health, so is the answer for some other services to be charged for? ”
OWL CAN BARELY REPLY. YOU KNOW IMMEDIATELY THAT THIS MAN HAS PRIVATE HEALTH CARE! CAN YOU IMAGINE PEOPLE DESCRIBING THEIR SYMPTOMS BY EMAIL! AND HOW MUCH EMAIL DOCTORS WOULD HAVE TO PLOUGH THROUGH! AND WHAT IF THE PATIENT THINKS THE PROBLEM HAS TO GO TO EMAIL AND IT TURNS OUT TO BE AN EMERGENCY! OR WHAT IF EMAIL GOES DOWN OR YOU HAVE NO COMPUTER? WHAT ABOUT SECURITY AND CONFIDENTIALITY?
“I have an online booking system for my surgery but my doctor tells me only a quarter of people turn up”
SO DOESN’T THAT MEAN EITHER IT IS NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE OR EVEN THAT THERE IS MORE SPACE FOR THOSE WHO DO TURN UP ON THE DAY!
“These are only ideas, and for many they will feel like a bitter pill to swallow.”
INDEED A BITTER PILL BUT, FORTUNATELY WE DON’T HAVE TO SWALLOW IT … WE CAN FIGHT BACK.
But it’s useful to see Mr Swire’s total toeing of his party’s line. We do know where we stand with him and his party – and for the majority it is NOT shoulder to shoulder but eyeball to eyeball.