I know this is a little late, but I wanted to hear what other bloggers had to say on this BBC report regarding the documents leaked from the Department of Health.
Here's what my tiny uncomprehending med student brain has grasped so far. The government has poured tons of money into the National Health Service (NHS). Then all of a sudden, they realise that they're in huge debt and surprise surprise, the NHS still isn't fixed. So they go "oh shit!" and chop jobs, close hospitals and replace doctors with nurses. Newly qualified doctors are walking the streets jobless. And poor med students like me aren't having it so easy either.
As Dr Rant so eloquently puts it, any half-starved retard could've seen this coming. You chop expenditure by axing jobs, what do you get?
Why, a job shortage, of course.
But this isn't just ANY job shortage. Britain is to be short of 1,200 GPs, 14,000 nurses and 1,100 junior and staff-grade doctors by 2011. (Watch the video, if only for its comedy value.)
Does it stop there?
Only if you believe in fluffy bunnies and La-la Land. Dr Crippen shows how, once again, the ugly racist side of medical politics may rear its head. Wat Tyler, in his economic wisdom, shows how this means even more belt-tightening for doctors and nurses alike.
And how do we solve this?
Patricia Hewitt has an answer. "Let us transform the NHS", she says, with the conviction (and vocabulary) of a prophet.
She has also, after promising to resign if she didn't fix the NHS, retracted said promise, no doubt due to her sheer conviction that she is the only thing holding the NHS together.
I will send her a picture of another Transforming prophet to inspire her along her way.