I think that both the Independent and the Daily Express are incorrect on this matter; the NHS is already £20 billion GBP in the red, as Stuart Steven its Chief Executive knew last year when he went cap in hand to Cameron and Osborne asking for £16 billion GBP. They sent him packing but did agree £8 billion GBP whilst telling him to find the rest from efficiency savings. As usual they “rolled over” when they were faced with Steven’s special pleading rather than telling him to start reforming.
The Junior doctors saw this and have been emboldened to intensify their strike action to include emergency cover – this is an act which is against the Hippocratic oath and represents industrial misconduct in my view. Jeremy Hunt needs to conscript former military doctors and fire the junior doctors en mass as Ronald Reagan did with the air traffic controllers in America and then he and the Transport Minister needs to take on the public sector trades unions with de-recognition, a switch to automated tube trains and a law to outlaw strikes in essential public services (transport, teaching, nursing, medicine, radiology, surgery as initial examples).
Whether we remain in the EU or leave it NHS reform is essential as is welfare reform, especially of Personal Independence Benefit rules, which are riddled with fraud, plus the need to merge costly Adult Social Care into the NHS.
None of this is a “Bridge too far” but it is clear that in his last days David Cameron wants to ease his way into his new job with as little trouble as possible so that his protege and fellow Bilderberger, George Osborne can similarly ease himself into the Prime Ministership.
Closer to 2020, this sort of action will be impossible, but now, it is not only possible but vitally essential for the good of the country.