Posted by: Witch Doctor | June 16, 2011

Ha! The return of The Pied Piper

There are two Pied Pipers. One of them is Alan Milburn, imbiber of Pepsi and bottled water, and for all we know perhaps a connoisseur of “The Pure Market.”

A true new labour right winger, Mr Milburn appears to be frustrated by the antics of the left wing Tory, Mr Cameron.

So, yesterday he emerged.

When The Demi-Pied Piper speaks you have to listen.

“That is not the worst of the matter. These changes will reverse hard-fought reforms. For decades, the old-style, monolithic NHS has been giving way to a more devolved and diverse health care system. The reforms I introduced as health secretary to create NHS foundation and primary care trusts started the devolution journey. GP consortiums were supposed to complete it. Instead, the Government’s U-turn places real power in the hands of the national NHS Commissioning Board – the daddy of all quangos. The board will control how £60 billion of NHS money is spent in local communities from Darlington to Dartmouth. It is the biggest nationalisation since Nye Bevan created the NHS in 1948. I’m not sure whether he would be laughing or turning in his grave at the prospect of the Conservative Party championing such a policy. Bevan would be equally perplexed to see the Conservatives abandon competition as a driver of NHS improvement. When I introduced private sector providers, some claimed it would be the end of the health service as we had known it. In fact, they strengthened it. Waiting times and death rates both fell faster in areas where new providers were brought in to provide services than where they weren’t.”

Notice, that the demi-pied piper admits he introduced the reforms with the formation of NHS foundation and primary care trusts and the GP consortiums were supposed to complete it.

My Black Cat thinks the word “foundation” rings a bell or two in her feline brain but she can’t think why.

No doubt the bells will chime in due course.

P.S. In the meantime, My Black Cat wants you to know what the other Demi Pied Piper is up to at the moment.

HERE HE IS

“For Europe, the crucial thing is to understand that the only way that you will get support for Europe today is not on the basis of a sort of post war view that the EU is necessary for peace. For my children’s generation, that is just a bizarre argument. They don’t see that as a real threat, that European nations will go to war with each other.

“But what they can understand completely is that in a world in particular in which China is going to become the dominant power of the 21st century, it is sensible for Europe to combine together, to use its collective weight in order to achieve influence. And the rationale for Europe today therefore is about power, not peace.”

The Witch Doctor thinks this fear engulfing politicians of all parties is one of the factors behind the push for the commodification of health in the UK.

Fear.

And power.


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Responses

  1. It’s ‘the devolution journey’, WD, that’s telling. Devolved responsibility, from duty to provide to ‘duty to promote’. Milburn may be upset about the turns, but only for opportunistic, party political reasons, since ‘U-turns’ they are not! Healthcare as a franchise model remains the goal.

  2. Yes. Words like ” devolution” are certainly in dictionaries but when they are used by politicians they can often mean one thing to them and another to to public. “journey” “pathway” “choice” and the new word that is all the rage… “integration” are probably all being used as a fluffy cover for hard politics.

  3. […] Some are contained in the words used by the Demi-Pied Piper (Alan Milburn). […]

  4. […] This recent statement of Alan Milburn’s is relevant. “The reforms I introduced as health secretary to create NHS foundation and primary care trusts started the devolution journey. GP consortiums were supposed to complete it.” […]

  5. […] This recent statement of Alan Milburn’s is relevant. “The reforms I introduced as health secretary to create NHS foundation and primary care trusts started the devolution journey. GP consortiums were supposed to complete it.” […]


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