The NHS again

When you look at the NHS, the things you see are:

1. Non-anglo foreigners cashing in on the NHS;
2. An ageing population anyway needing vastly more care overall;
3. Fatcats on obscene salaries for what – administering?

Then you go further into it, via this BBC piece and you find something else as well.

That article has a video interview with a girl under 30 who gave it away, one of the 10% who do and I noticed some things:

1. She has a nose bone and is overweight;
2. She is bleating about pressure;
3. She is a snowflake.

In short, she’s one of the new breed who don’t know hardship or pressure and have not grown up. She is of the SJW, me-me-me generation. Older time nurses put up with the same or worse and they just did it.

Obviously, the service needs nurses and they tend to start in their 20s, idealistic young ladies, but now a service which demands a lot meets snowflakery central and the result is not good.

Add to this the sort of patients I’ve seen – drunks, unreasonable people shouting at the girls, other people I don’t have much compassion for – and I start not to blame these girls, still about 10%, who leave early, whilst fatcats continue to enjoy their Dom Perignon and work low numbers of hours.

I don’t mind a surgeon or other doctor having a reasonable life, even a salary around £200K, but an administrator? They need to cut the numbers in half and cap their salaries at £60K.

Come to think of it, senior civil servants in any department should be capped at below Prime Ministerial level.

A tale from A&E

During my 10 hours in A&E with my heart attack, on a trolley waiting for a bed, there were two nurses in particular who were most impressive. They were there for the bulk of that time and they never stopped. Plenty of others stopped, e.g. the ones who went over and sat at computers the whole time but these girls never stopped working, going here and there, doing this, doing that. And they were Millennial.

One was Spanish and the other English and they were shocked I actually asked them over and complimented them on their dedication. Admittedly I was well attended after that but they would have done that anyway – they were our old concept of what a nurse is.

Those gals should have been on £25K minimum, tax free and no grumbling from any of us. Pay them out of the fatcats’ salaries.

8 comments for “The NHS again

  1. seekerofthetruth
    January 18, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    The administrators have a very important job. They dream up, and then have to audit, ever more tick box forms for the nurses to spend their time filling out instead of working.
    I suspect front line staff have found, by bitter experience, they get far more review demerits for a misplaced signature on the wrong form, than for patients spending unnecessary extra hours on trolleys.

    A few thousand parasites earning £60k over the odds is still small change in the NHS budget. Every nurse reduced to half or even one third efficiency by spending more time, and stressful effort, on paperwork than they do helping patients – that really soaks up resources!

  2. Errol
    January 18, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    If you had to pay Tesco yet didn’t need it, and when you did found that they had no carrots – because they didn’t know what the demand for carrots was and didn’t care if there were not enough to sell (as you’re paying for it anyway) Tesco would be a lumpen, inefficient mess.

    The NHS is the same. Just reverse the funding model. The NHS only gets paid when it provides treatment. It would – overnight – become a model of efficiency.

    • Mudplugger
      January 18, 2018 at 9:04 pm

      But paid by whom?

      If the government pays it, and there’s no free market for the provision of medical services, then it’s a monopsony, so the price charged is not moderated by competition. Also there is no effect on demand-level because the demander is not the payer.

      But if the end-customer (the patient) pays, then you’re abandoning the ‘sacred cow’ and going entirely Tesco, where demand and supply meet over price. Some may consider that a better solution, but no UK government could handle the politics of it when they need to get re-elected in 5 years.

    • Voice of Reason
      January 18, 2018 at 9:07 pm

      If by ‘provides treatment’, you mean to include patient satisfaction, I would counsel against that model.

      In the US, insurance companies started to reimburse at rates based on this. Since no-one wants to hurt, one of the side effects was over-prescription of opioids, leading to our present situation, where more people are dying of overdoses than in car accidents.

      One estimate is something like 60% of the current crop of heroin addicts started with a painkiller prescription.

  3. Pcar
    January 18, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    @James

    Mary Trevelyan, ex-nurse

    Nose – correct
    Obese/fat – correct
    Snowflake – correct

    Above make her unsuitable for NHS as undermines Gov’t/PHE Health agenda. Do as I say, not as I do; if not punishment (tax) will be meted.

    Pressure – that starts when one is 100% under Blair/Brown. That’s where most NHS extra funding went.

    Why the hell have Cameron & May not reversed this? Instead Cameron kept unnecessary CQC and created PHE (5,000 harridans, £4Bn pa cost)

    • January 19, 2018 at 1:47 am

      Why the hell have Cameron & May not reversed this?

      1. Global left
      2. In thrall to elements
      3. Incompetent and personally ambitious

  4. Peter Whale
    January 19, 2018 at 8:26 am

    There is a very easy way to make the NHS more efficient. All government workers and local government workers all civil servants and politicians and any quango which operates with government funding all these people and their immediate family must only use the NHS on pain of losing their job and pensions. All private health care institutions register customers so it is very easy to police. Then you should see change when the ruling class have to put up with the NHS on the same level.

  5. Pcar
    January 19, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Repost as first lost words

    @James

    Mary Trevelyan, ex-nurse

    Nose – correct
    Obese/fat – correct
    Snowflake – correct

    Above make her unsuitable for NHS as undermines Gov’t/PHE Health agenda. Do as I say, not as I do; if not punishment (tax) will be meted.

    Pressure – that starts when one is under 2 and tries to walk/talk. It’s part of surviving.

    NHS bureaucrats – managers & administrators – increased by over 100% under Blair/Brown. That’s where most NHS extra funding went.

    Why the hell have Cameron & May not reversed this? Instead Cameron kept unnecessary CQC and created PHE (5,000 harridans, £4Bn pa cost)

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