David Cameron

Cameron had said he would protect the NHS.

Really, David? Really? I somehow find this fact even more doubtful than your normal drivel, which is something truly impressive, even for you. I’ve got used to taking what you say as absolute rubbish, but this? I have enough trouble restraining myself from bursting out into involuntary fits of uncontrollable and derisive laughter every time I hear your name as it is. Perhaps it’s time to start rethinking your strategy?

This witty one-liner came from Cameron’s plea for support on his NHS reforms on May 16th this year, and from what I’ve seen it’s full of his usual nonsense about change. Changes here, changes there. I’ve now begun to cower in fear whenever that word is mentioned around me, especially when Cameron and his pack of loyal and loathsome Tories are involved. They seem to have blurred the line between good and bad change – indeed, until it is no longer visible – and then drawn a brand new line to make sure that whatever change happens, it doesn’t involve the huge sum that is their Christmas bonuses. And in the case of the NHS, it seems like the change is probably a very, very bad decision. I generally don’t think that giving GPs vast amounts of money to play around with is a good idea, since they’re doctors. Not accountants. They help people with health, not finances, and I was hoping that it was going to stay that way.  But this is logic of a different kind we’re talking about here. This is the logic of a man who can say that the NHS will be “like what we have today”, and then go on to prove that it will be completely different.

This whole farce has got me wondering: has Cameron ever actually seen a relatively poor person? Does he actually know what he’s doing to real people? I’m not saying that I have seen people seriously suffering due to his changes but I’ve seen enough from my area to show that what he’s doing is affecting a lot of people – and frighteningly fast. Affecting people’s income and lifestyle is bad enough but health is something that we should all be able to take for granted. I’m aware that our health system isn’t perfect but messing around with it this much when the economy is in such a bad state seems to go a bit too far. Even if we have to live with these health reforms, I would much prefer for them to come in after our economy has recovered from its recent beating. That way people may have a bit more spare change lying around to deal with the consequences of his actions.

Luckily, it seems I’m not alone in my opinions on this new health reform.  Quite the opposite, in fact. As you may have heard in the news this reform isn’t very popular at all. The Royal College of Nursing recently voted for “no confidence” when it comes to Andrew Lansley, and not by a small margin. He has even had a rap written about him and how terrible his reforms are, which I assume most of you will have seen, but it’s here for those who haven’t.

Now even York has stepped up to join the army against Lansley and Cameron, with a march to save the NHS taking place on May 21st. And when York starts throwing its opinion around, you know the situation is serious. After all, it seems we’re going to need half the world to convince Cameron that people don’t really like having their health care stripped away. You’d think that was obvious. Apparently not.

I think this sort of change is something we’re going to have to accept in the next few years, as I don’t see his idiotic face going anywhere for a while, but we’ve got to look on the bright side – we might be poor but at least we have our health.

Oh wait…