NHS England has told the BBC that there is ‘no NHS crisis’ because they have a plan – an interesting interpretation, since you can make plans to deal with a crisis and it’s still a crisis.
But Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt – finally forced out of hiding to be fairly gently interviewed by the BBC’s Health Editor today – made a nonsense of that claim by admitting that the cancellation of tens of thousands of operations was a last-minute decision:
Hunt’s admission that the situation in the NHS was only looked at by his emergency committee yesterday makes a mockery of the rationalisation that the NHS is not in crisis because ‘we have a plan’.
Not a plan that involved what most would consider logical – making sure the NHS has the staff and resources it needs to cope with the inevitable winter demand for its services.
A plan that includes the last-minute cancellation of all ‘non-urgent’ procedures – which does not mean that delays will not cause pain or harm – in response to a crisis. caused by the failure to plan to meet demand and maintain services without needing cancellations.
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