It seems we have reached the point in the NHS' continuing woes when we have to resort to the Anglo-French writer Hilaire Belloc. He wrote prolifically in the early part of the twentieth century and provides an appropriate text for today's NHS:
And always keep a-hold of Nurse
For fear of finding something worse
There was a bit of noise during the election campaign around the government's latest move in the continual and discreet reorganisation of the NHS - the STPs aka Sustainability and Transformation Plans. This noise of protest centred on rumours of cuts some STPs are going to make.
This kind of noise will get very loud indeed as the plans of some of England's 44 STPs focus on money saving closures of services and buildings - all in the name of sustainability with reduced funding. But in case we got frightened by 'plans', the STPs have had their 'P' changed to the cosier and much more user friendly 'Partnership'.