Is our great NHS collapsing before our eyes?

Happy New Year to all Star readers. I hope you had a relaxing Christmas.

Of course, many people worked over the holidays. NHS and social care workers, frontline workers, shop assistants, the police, taxi drivers, bus drivers, firefighters, delivery drivers and more – thank you all!

A concern for all of us

One particularly important service has been making headlines in recent weeks, and its current state should be a cause for concern for all of us. Our great NHS is collapsing before our eyes by many reports.

Reports of system failures surface every day – from inhumane conditions in the emergency room with patients lying on trolleys or even the floor waiting for hours for a doctor, to unacceptable waiting and transfer times for ambulances.

This week it was reported that delays in emergency care are causing up to 500 preventable deaths each week.

If what’s happening to the NHS doesn’t make you angry, I don’t know what will.

Catastrophic system failures

These are catastrophic system failures and the blame lies with this government.

In 2010, under a Labor government, the NHS was the envy of the world and public satisfaction in the UK with the service was at an all-time high.

From the moment the coalition government took office in May 2010 and a totally unnecessary and politically motivated restructuring of the NHS began, it was a different story.

The fact that nurses have now been forced to go on strike should leave an enduring and irreparable stain on the character and record of every Conservative MP.

My full support and admiration

The NHS staff have my full support and admiration.

The Tories are either completely incompetent or they are deliberately trying to crash the system.

In any case, we should be wary of attempts to introduce an insurance-based system, which is already backed by a number of Tories and the likes of Farage.

70 years ago, Labor MP and NHS founder Aneurin Bevan wrote: “No society can rightly call itself civilized when a sick person is denied medical attention for want of resources.”

The NHS has been an achievement some have always rejected and we must fight to keep it safe from them again and again while it lasts.

Here’s to a better year for all of us – and for our public services. Is our great NHS collapsing before our eyes?

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