4 thoughts on “NHS workers should be wary of NHS populism”

  1. Posted 22/04/2020 at 12:31 | Permalink

    This is good, and needs saying loud and often. And glad to see somebody questioning the governments “protect the NHS” mantra. As I see it, this mantra implies government failure – if public action is needed to protect the NHS, when surely the NHS is set up to protect the public.

  2. Posted 23/04/2020 at 00:03 | Permalink

    The belief in the brilliance of the NHS is quite irrational; even when it can be seen to be failing it remains, self-evidently, the ‘envy of the world’. Not true; I work with international students and they all assure me that they don’t trust the NHS and would never use it under any circumstances.
    As in any large organisation, the people who work for the NHS are a mixture of good and bad; and if some of them are very good, there are also some who are extremely bad, but to mention that would be quite unacceptable, especially in the current crisis.
    Perhaps the reason that we have seen so little opposition to the lockdown in England is because the enforced isolation has been imposed on us in order to protect ‘our’ NHS and that priority is more important than any number of bankrupt businesses.
    Unfortunately, when the last private-sector business has collapsed there will be no money left to pay for our NHS and then what will we do?

  3. Posted 03/05/2020 at 06:59 | Permalink

    I have tentatively suggested (as one dare not criticise the NHS)since the beginning of this crisis, that the glut of freebies heaped upon the service should have been played down/monitored by their PR department. At a time of job losses and business failure, this will inevitably become a matter for resentment as time progresses. Whether such fiscal accolades are deserved is irrelevant. As ever, it is a matter of perception.

  4. Posted 02/05/2021 at 08:59 | Permalink

    Oh thank you for this, I thought it was just me who felt this way.
    My Dad has been in Southampton General Hospital for six weeks now and because we can’t go and see him in the most vulnerable time of his life I tend to phone the hospital for updates on his progress (or lack of).
    They seldom answer the phone now so we can’t see how he is getting on and when they do, it sounds like it’s a big inconvenience to them (you can actually hear them sigh down the phone).
    The NHS and Covid is like a mass religion or cult now that simply cannot be questioned, and if you do, then you will be ostracized or punished.

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