The phrase “the NHS is in crisis” is perhaps the only thing we can be certain that will come from a politician’s mouth every year. Each winter, the NHS seemingly is facing a ‘new crisis’, which is usually to do with Accident and Emergency (A&E) waiting times, overcrowded wards or the latest super-bug to infest our hospitals. This year is no different. In what the Red Cross have recently branded “an humanitarian crisis”, the NHS is once again in crisis, with reports of patients dying on trolleys in corridors down to obscene waiting times and patients being turned away from A&E due to the sheer numbers requiring treatment.
Whilst it is fair to say that the Red Cross have exaggerated somewhat, there have been some truly disturbing stories coming out of the health service in recent weeks. At Worcester Royal Hospital, a patient recently hanged himself seemingly due to the conditions he found himself in, whilst a woman died of a heart attack after being left waiting on a trolley in a corridor for 35 hours without treatment. A&E departments have had to shut their doors a record 42 times to patients, with some hospitals such as Worcestershire (9) and Northumbria (7) having to do this on numerous occasions. This is a very bad state of affairs indeed when a wealthy, developed nation such as Great Britain does not have the capacity to provide the healthcare that should be a basic right for all Britons.
The debate about this has been highly politicised, with Labour politicians blaming a lack of funding and Tory government ministers blaming an increase in demand. In actual fact, they are both partially right, but the Conservatives are closer to the source of the problem whilst they’re all looking to treat the symptom.
Yes, there is a funding problem, but only insofar as that the NHS management are not allocating funds effectively nor are they using them efficiently, as they keep coming back and asking for more money each time they receive their promised millions. Yes, there is also a demand problem which the government are keen to blame on the stupidity of people who go to A&E when in actual fact their health issues would be best addressed by a GP or nurse at their local surgery. Whilst this is an issue, sadly doctors are yet to come up with a cure for stupidity. However, there is an elephant in the room on this issue of increased demand, which of course is the chronic population problem we have in this country.
It can be referred to as chronic because the trends point in such a way that it is not going to improve any time soon, but will simply get progressively worse. Thanks to the high birth rates of certain elements of our society, our population is predicted to grow, and grow, and grow, reaching 70 million within the next 15 years. This is an issue, especially as we are seeing less and less doctors willing to work within what is already an overstretched institution, with many preferring to work abroad in better conditions in Australia or the United States. We currently have just 149,000 doctors in all capacities (GPs, surgeons etc) working for NHS England, serving just shy of 60 million people. Nursing figures are also low considering the volume of patients the hospitals receive, with just 314,000 nurses available. NHS England does have a massive budget of £120.61bn and is the largest employer in all of Europe, so clearly there is an issue with cost effectiveness/efficiency, but with a growing population and a declining number of healthcare professionals, no amount of extra money can save the service.
Let’s not pretend we don’t all know why we have a population problem. The problem is immigration. A ‘crisis in the health service’ was never a problem in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s or for the most part of the 1990s, when England still had something of an ethnically homogeneous nation and the population was never greater than 50 million. Yet, as we have seen, creating a multi-racial society within which not all groups contribute to the proportion they take out just causes an imbalance whereby either the native population must pay more, or funding and services decline in comparison to usage. We can all agree that it is not fair that the native population should pay more tax, just because Pakistani migrants are sitting on benefits whilst having disproportionately more deformed children than any other ethnic group (therefore costing the NHS £millions more than anybody else).
It is around this time that hard-line Tories or Rupert Murdoch’s vultures at the Daily Mail usually begin talking about privatisation, which of course is purely ideological as opposed to practical. It should not be considered as a viable option, as it is not fair that native English folk who have fallen on hard times or who are working 30+ hours per week in low-paying jobs should be denied access to healthcare because of a problem that is not of their doing. The United States is proof that a private healthcare system does not work. In 2009, Harvard University conducted a study that found that over 45,000 Americans die each year as a result of not having adequate health insurance and, therefore, not being able to pay the extortionate fees for medical treatment that they require. How’s all that freedom working out for you, guys?
The solutions to our healthcare problem are now rather unpalatable, but that’s the thing with problems, the longer you leave them to fester the more radical the solution will have to be. What we must do is identify the communities not native to our society and who take more than they give to the healthcare budget and put them on a private insurance program. We have to get tough and tell these people that, until they start pulling their weight, they can forget enjoying the free health service that we’ve built here. Similarly, migrants who are not UK citizens must never be treated for free. They (or somebody on their behalf) must be able to present a valid insurance certificate prior to treatment, or face being turned away at the doors. If this means letting people die because they can’t pay, so be it. We cannot continue to have English people dying on trolleys because all the funding for their local hospital has been diverted to the cities to pay for diversity.
The positive side effect of a policy such as that described above is that the communities that do not pay into the NHS budget as much as they should are invariably immigrant communities, mostly from the Indian sub-continent. Many of these people only come here because they know that the generous British state will give them a house and support their many wives and children at the native taxpayer’s expense, so it only stands to reason that they would self-deport en masse to some other moronically liberal European nation like Sweden, should we tell them that they actually have to contribute to the system.
Of course, this in itself would not solve the problem, especially considering more funding is needed nowadays for mental health treatment to counteract the misery and the madness caused by the toxic technology culture. A good place to start when looking for some of this money would be to take it from the foreign aid budget. The British government currently commits to sending 0.7% of GDP (currently about £12bn) to banana republics to help with whatever vanity project their corrupt governments, such as a new swimming pool for Jacob Zuma or a new ‘death to whitey’ banner for Robert Mugabe to hang outside the presidential offices. This nonsense has got to stop, especially considering that £12bn equates to an extra 10% on top of the NHS England annual budget.
So when the government or those on the opposition benches tell us we need a ‘stronger economy’ or higher taxes to solve this problem, A) they’re never going to follow through and, B) these are not sustainable solutions. The truthful answer to the NHS crisis is that there are solutions, but our politicians just don’t have the stones to put the English people first. They’d rather pander to financially-counterproductive minorities than do something about your grandmother dying in a corridor of the emergency department.
Think about that the next time you enter a voting booth.