Commentary

By Catherine,

How to spend a trillion pounds and have nothing to show for it…

According to Management Consultant to the Public Sector, Neil Glass AKA David Craig, in the years between 1997 and 2007 Labour managed to spend approximately £1.3 trillion (a little over a trillion, taking inflation into account). A trillion is a number that we, as a nation, have been forced to become depressingly familiar with, in recent years. Just to be clear, a trillion consists of: a one, followed by twelve zeros. It is equal to a thousand billions. Quite inconceivable, isn’t it?

In spite of this lavish spending; would you believe that no public services showed any real improvement and, astonishingly, some (the NHS, for example) actually got worse? Its true.

How exactly did Our Government blow all that cash? Here it is, broken down into department spending:

  • Health – £269,200,000,000
  • Education – £185,700,000,000
  • Police/Public Order – £80,200,000,000
  • Welfare – £343,300,000,000
  • Other (defence, housing, the EU and other services) – £350,700,000,000

Let’s delve a little deeper and focus on the biggest money-pit: the Department of Health – who have the largest budget of any government department. In the ten years from 1997 to 2007, our government more than doubled spending on the NHS. So what kind of service has this bought us?

Well, a reported 30-40,000 people die unnecessarily every year, which equates to about a hundred people a day. The rest of Europe dwarfs our cancer survival rate by 20%, placing us at a lowly 14th out of 17 European countries. This trend of inferiority is mirrored in our ‘rate of death from strokes’ (30% higher than most other EU countries) and our ‘mortality amenable to healthcare’ (last out of 19 countries studied in an international study) with 300’000 patients dying every year from hospital-acquired infections.

ShipmanWe have to assume that this failure cannot be entirely attributed to an unquenchable thirst for blood on the part of our trusted GPs (like in the case of old Harold Shipman). So what then?

A deliberate act of depopulation, concocted by the Government, perhaps?

No, don’t be silly – dead people can’t pay tax! Although, how many of these old-timers are still paying any tax? Not many, I’d imagine. Ah, so that’s it – a nice, neat way of doing away with redundant ‘Comrades’ who have become a drain on Big Brother.

Joking aside, how can a service that now employs one NHS Manager for every four patients (NHS spending on management consultants increased ten-fold to over £600 million a year – that’s more than the entire British manufacturing industry spends on management consultants) be so inattentive to its ‘customers’ – I mean patients? How indeed!

Of course, it isn’t our intention to dismiss or belittle the efforts of the hard-working and competent doctors and nurses and midwives et al, of which we know there are many. Nope – just the imbeciles and the cretins, whom, as per usual, can mostly be found in the senior positions.  We’ve only examined one department in detail but sadly you’ll find much of the same kinds of things going on in the all of the others, and all dutifully paid for by you and me. But, not to worry, come May 2015, old Boris is sure to sort it all out!

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