Nick Perry in his letter (Rye Observer 20/1/12) descends to personal abuse to discredit Sarah Owen, and doesn’t address her issue. He ignores the fact that the Party to which he belongs supports a Bill that most health professionals are against and perceive as dangerous and detrimental to our National Health Service.
Cracks are already appearing in the NHS, increased waiting lists, unanswered ‘phones, overworked stressed out staff etc. Ms Owen is not a career politician. She has worked in care in the community, as a health care worker, and as a nurse auxiliary, hands on experience of what patient care actually means is aware of the implications of drastic changes. To involve the private sector more and more gives little confidence to the public as its only morality appears to be is profit, demonstrated exquisitely by the current problems with PIP implants. If private health care can offer so much so efficiently let it stop acting like a parasite start to train its own staff, use only its own facilities and not pass its expensive failures on to the NHS.
To spend £4 million on “outside advice” is bizarre. The highly paid top professionals in the NHS should be capable of executive and management decisions. All external consultants offer, having sought answers from those involved, is to charge money for submitting reports to enable management to put into action what is everyone knows is required.
Mr. Perry’s quixotic attempts to stop further privatisation have obviously been unsuccessful. Attacking the Labour Party and Ms Owen in a particularly cheap way could be expected. Discrediting the opposition is a common tactic; one could justifiably say, in the words of that infamous young lady “He would say that wouldn’t he?”
Devolving services to a local level sounds good, but self-interest leads to “sometimes bonkers decisions”. In the case of the NHS it will lead to good health care only for those who can afford it, something that Parliamentary Lib-Dem Party obviously doesn’t mind as it reneges on most of its principles to stay as David Cameron’s human shield.