A Big Society NHS Royal Wedding Special

A Royal Wedding as beautiful as this may have temporarily covered up the NHS for a week, but we’ve lifted the veil and uncovered the face of our beloved healthservice.

The World’s media spent all of last week waiting for this dress:

Waiting for this moment:

And thousands of people travelled into London to watch the action unfold first hand.

But whilst all of this was being anticipated, reviewed and repeated endlessly on TV channels across the World, something else must have happened?

Well, thats start with some World news.

Over 500 people have been killed in Syria during anti-government protests, resulting in the Syrian ambassador’s wedding invitation to be withdrawn.

Further human rights violations have been occurring in Libya.

And Alabama has been raised to the ground following massive tornado storms where over 300 people have been killed.

So, has our NHS survived this memorable week where all other British things have been celebrated? And how has the government been dealing with the strains of their coalition as it nears their 1st anniversary?

The variations that already exist within the NHS through different areas of the UK is set to become wider if the planned reforms go ahead. Whilst the rest of the nations are shunning privatisation and competition, England are embracing it. As finances are stretched the improvement in quality, with better value for money is seen to be important, but no-one is sure as to which NHS will come out on top.

The Public Accounts Committee says that making £20bn worth of savings whilst pushing through radical reforms will damage front line services. These are amongst other concerns that the Department of Health has not yet developed a high quality risk management protocol for either the commissioning or providing bodies detailed in the reforms.

It was during a debate about the NHS reforms that David Cameron told Ms Eagle, a Labour MP, to “Calm down, dear“. Not only sexist but patronising too. But offence was caused, which could explain why come Friday, 2 days after the event, at the wedding he was looking like this…

And obviously wasn’t feeling that this was the time to tell his wife that she was not adhering to the wedding dress code(coats and hats) before they left the house.

Tensions were also high at the ceremony, with Nick Clegg and his wife looking very weary and seeming as though there could be a political spat at any moment.

Dr Howard Stoate, a former Labour MP, has also this week accused David Cameron of using the NHS as a political football, and that if changes were to be made then the health service should just be allowed to get on with it.

Monitor this week have announced that efficiency savings are more likely to be in the region of 6-7% per annum, rather than the previously quoted 4%. These are not a part of the larger scale of public sector cuts, but are part of savings that all trusts will have to make in order for them to balance the books so that they can become Foundation Trusts, an idea bred out of the reforms process.

But perhaps the Royal Wedding covering some of this news up in a lace-trimmed veil isn’t such a bad thing. It may have united the nation to enjoy the good times, even in times of hardship, and to come together to support something that we all enjoy. So we should all come together in the same fashion to support our NHS as we know it now, and not how David Cameron believes it should be.

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