'The NHS is under attack.'
Indeed the NHS has been under attack for the last ten years, thanks to her and her incompetent party's over controlling meddling. Frankly the rest of her speech doesn't even deserve a nice glob of purulent lobbed at it, it is beneath contempt and even puts Polly Toynbee to shame with its malignant dishonesty.
Hewitt is living in a fantasy land if she thinks that she has 'reversed the decline'. New Labour have frittered away billions on grandiose schemes which provide bugger all benefit to anyone except to the brain dead bureaucrats who are employed to shuffle the glossy bog roll around. Productivity and efficiency have been on the decline for years, despite endless meaningless statistics manufactured by the government that prove just how much better everything is.
Importantly Hewitt and the government's illogical denial of the rationing that is already commonplace in the NHS today borders on the insane. Are they not aware that standard surgical procedures and diagnostic tests are simply not allowed on Stalin's good old NHS, even when they are clinically indicated? This culture of top down idiocy has led to a state of affairs where doctors are left completely demoralised as their managers treat them as useless obstructions that only get in the way of never ending stream of utopian quango-created protocols. This is Hewitt's trademark management style, to empower committee dwelling mincers while disempowering the autonomous professionals who actually do the hard work on the ground.
Hewitt and New Labour have made a habit of doing exactly the opposite of what they claim. Their 'patient choice' equates to no choice and a dumbed down non-consultant led service, their 'market forces' equate to a top heavy centralised fuck up which only responds to the politician's meddling and not the demands of the individual; while their 'pursuit of excellence' really means fostering a culture of utter mediocrity which forces any excellence to emigrate. The words of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon sum up Hewitt and New Labour's philosophy pretty damn well:
“A common danger tends to concord. Communism is the exploitation of the strong by the weak. In Communism, inequality comes from placing mediocrity on a level with excellence.”
P.S. I never imagined that Dr Rant was the kind to be a bird watcher, let alone a bird listener. However it does appear that this little birdy did have something rather interesting to say.