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NHS: The Jimmy Savile of state institutions?

By Jonathan Bracey-Gibbon

If, as it seems, MidStaffs is not atypical but the tip of an horrendous iceberg, it could be the beginning of the end of the NHS in its current form

Is the NHS the Jimmy Savile of statist institutions? A supposed 'national treasure' that time reveals to be a venal, self-serving, perverted ogre. But rather than hiding in plain sight, in this case hiding behind a pall of leftist dogma.

Following David Francis QC's damning, yet otherwise spineless, report on MidStaffs we now know what getting away with murder looks like. 1200 people died and not one individual is accountable.

David Cameron, who seems intent on destroying his own party this week, had the gall to suggest that no blame should be placed on individuals, that Mid Staffs was not typical, and seemed happy not to call 13 years of Labour NHS stewardship to account. One can only hope some sort of political detente is going on here to smooth the way for the depoliticisation of the NHS.

Rather like the Savile affair, the publicity given to Francis preceded torrents of anecdotal evidence which shows just how craven Cameron's statement really was.

[...]  How ironic, as calls for French, German, Austrian, Belgian and Dutch systems grow in volume, for systems where patients get universally provided insurance and, heaven forbid, there is no NHS, but more GPs per capita, cleaner hospitals, convenient appointments, better diagnostics, even better food. Something, er, to be envious of.

If, as it seems, MidStaffs is not atypical but the tip of an horrendous iceberg, it could be the beginning of the end of the NHS in its current form, and in its hour of need. The silence of the left is deafening. It seems to know what's coming. How's about that then?

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