PB points out that it's a bit Presidential, using the "I" rather than the "We". Full marks for using the word "cut" though. Brown continues to live in Tarquin Biscuitbarrel territory on that issue.
We all love the NHS with its cheery nurses and the aroma of urine and cabbage and Doctors with their long black beards and funny foreign names and dodgy qualifications (is it 10ccs or 100? mm, better go for the full, how you say, monty). But, there are plenty of services that you can cut in the NHS. For a start, what about the fertility treatment? I cannot for the life of me see how you can justify it, and yet the annual cost of this is about £170 million, the figure cited by our old friend and brainbox, Dim Prawnarolo, in answer to a Parliamentary Question. Dim, is of course all for it, being passionate about wimmin and wimmin's ishoos.
Here are a few comments and facts from a recent article in The Telegraph:
the NHS is not made of money, or as Melanie Phillips put it, “it’s the National Health Service, not the National Happiness Service”. When this incredible organisation, a rightful source of national pride, was conceived (so to speak) it was intended to help the sick, not to provide liposuction for people who could easily lose weight themselves, sex-change operations and reverse sex change operations, pills for men who can’t get erections, boob jobs and fertility treatment, not to mention a staggering 180,000 abortions a year, each costing around £500 (the other 20,000 are paid for privately).
Largesse is a wonderful thing, but not if you are a ragged trousered philanthropist. The NHS should not be ring-fenced. It is, like everything else under Labour, overblown and over managed and highly inefficient.
The NHS already delivers less for the person who needs it for a one-off operation in their lifetime, or when they get old. A lot of money is spent these days diagnosing and treating gays with oral syphilis (an almost exclusively gay problem that is on the increase), who, one may argue, have inflicted this upon themselves by not having safe sex. But of course, you cannot get away with criticising their lifestyles, however much the taxpayer has to pick up the tab.
The NHS must contract. It must go back to the principles it first established, that it to provide necessary care to those who need it, not to those who cannot take responsibility for their own lifestyle decisions.