"We resist any call to make the NHS a slimmed-down, emergency service, because that's what it would become if we started rationing care. The only losers would be the poorest people. The NHS should continue to be comprehensive and universal."
Utter toss. The NHS is quite clearly a rationed service already, what fucking planet is the little toad on? NICE is one of the government's vehicles for rationing, political control here is already manipulating genuine clinical priorities thanks to Labour. There are bloody thousands of examples of patients not being able to access effective treatments thanks to short sighted political imperatives. Hewitt was given a spit roasting here on Sky on this precise issue and couldn't convince with her lame answers.
The most dangerous thing is that thanks to Labour's woeful mismanagement of the NHS, billions of pounds have been wasted in setting up and controlling an internal market from the top down. As the market is micromanaged from the top, the benefits of a more genuine bottom up market are absent and a shit load of cash is spent managing this mess. These are billions of pounds that could have been used to pay for effective treatments that are currently withheld by PCTs. Rationing is present in all health care systems, anyone who says otherwise is lying. Even private health care providers ration, some treatments are just not cost effective enough to dish out willy nilly.
Whatever the ins and out of rationing, Burnham is a fucking spoon to be claiming the above. I despair that this acharismatic boneheaded weasel is climbing up the government chain of command so fast. He has been caught manipulating the truth before, while his record as an incompetent speaks for itself. No knowledge of skills are needed to become a politician, just an ethusiasm for speaking endless fucking bullshit while pretending to care. I've stopped caring what they say, they must be judged on their actions; so far, Mr Burnham's actions show him to be yet another pustulent New Labour pressure sore eroding its way down to the previously healthy boney spine of our society.