The BBC continues its war against the ‘Tory led Coalition’ with yet more invented crises of ‘NHS privatisation’ or specious connections to disasters in the NHS and government ‘cuts’.
The first example is from R4’s ‘You and Yours’ with Winifred Robinson demanding to know if NHS nurses, sponsored by medical manufacturers, are making unnecessary prescriptions to meet the sponsoring company’s targets making NHS costs shoot up.
Unfortunately either the BBC failed to do its research or its determination to dig some dirt on the Government blinded it to the truth.
You can hear that Robinson is absolutely willing the blame to be put onto the private companies but as you hear a senior nurse explaining what is happening it turns out that there aren’t targets, that hospitals are visited by the sponsoring company’s, and others, sales reps, who of course attempt to sell their product but do not have any power to pressure nursing staff into prescribing more….for one thing the prescribing is done by GPs not nurses (ChrisH in comments advises some nurses can prescribe…my mistake…I listened at 23 mins 30 sec where mentions nurses only advise GP on patient needs and GP then prescribes….not the whole picture obviously)
The story of stealth privatisation and rising costs was almost entirely fabricated by the BBC.
A second story conflates two different things in an attempt to damn the government.
A recent survey of hospital staff says many would not recommend the hospitals in which they work to their own relatives to be treated in.
The BBC happily makes the connection between that and low staff morale with mythical Tory led ‘cuts’ in the NHS.
Firstly there are no ‘cuts’ in the NHS…there is a rebalancing of the budget with resources reallocated to different parts of the NHS to ensure high priority commitments are met…but the budget remains the same.
Labour spent £100 billion on the NHS…..and yet thousands died as a result of bad treatment and neglect…..was that a result of ‘cuts’?
Here Tony Livesey, (52 mins in ) sitting in for Shelagh Fogarty, claims that the survey is an ‘absolutely damning indictment’ of the NHS (under the Tories)…before bringing in a health union spokeswoman to give us her considered opinion. No need to wonder what the line was.…a massively pressured financial situation…staff shortages due to cuts.
Unfortunately, for the BBC’s agenda, Livesey unwittingly brought on a patient, Dan Sencier, who had cancer and had been badly treated by the NHS which, in his own health area, seemed determined not to treat him losing his notes, not replying to letters and emails and removing him from their patient list when he wrote to complain. He was diagnosed with cancer on the 8th June 2010.…hmmmm…those Tory led ‘cuts’ had a pretty quick effect no?
Eventually he came up with a solution…to ‘shop around’ for the best NHS service available to him.…..when he said this Livesey jumped in and diverted away.…why might he do that?
Shopping around is of course the Tory led Government’s policy for freedom of choice in the NHS enabling you to assess which hospital can give you the best treatment and allowing you to go there.
And that’s exactly what happened…..this is nothing to do with budget or nursing….just poor admin and NHS bureaucracy……but that doesn’t make for much of a story for the BBC……and look how old Dan Sencier’s story is…..the Daily Mail reported it in 2011…so why has the BBC dug up his story now to illustrate the current state of the NHS? Are there no more recent stories?
The BBC’s two stories……. no more than Labour Party propaganda dressed up as journalism.
It does seem Dan Sencier is unlucky with admin….his cancer may be gone but this has got to hurt:
‘I continue at University, now in my third year, but not without problems. Due to a cock up in the admin I was missed out of the students who are allowed access to the main media web site. This meant that I’ve completed 2 years without key information that was available to all other students in my year group. The enquiry is still ongoing, but it looks like I will be doing a fourth year (fully funded) to complete the media module. I don’t mind too much, I love it there and the people are great, so what’s another year? ‘