Monday, August 20, 2007
This is a brilliant article which captures exactly both my own recent experience and the deep corruption at the heart of the NHS. Paul Cable's describes the cruel and offhand treatment of his dying father by nursing staff who feel little or no obligation towards their patients. This is reinforced by that great catastrophe of modern hospital design, the nursing station. This allows nurses to cluster, gossip, generate futile bureaucratic procedures and evade the patients. Gordon Brown could double or treble the billions he has poured into the NHS and it will have no effect on this culture of irresponsible cruelty. This institution has no ethos other than its own protection and perpetuation. The British really must abandon their sentimental delusions and allow the politicians to do what most of them know must be done. They must tear down the NHS and start again.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 10:33 am