When I wrote my last blog post I did not know of Theresa May’s announcement that more money, a lot more money, but still not enough, was to be forthcoming for our wonderful NHS. when I finally heard the speech my blood pressure, normally on the low side, soared. It was so full of caveats; the NHS must do this, it must prove that, it must meet the government’s requirements. So, a government that has consistently and cynically starved the NHS, made working conditions in many hospitals and GP practices almost impossible, has relied on the goodwill of staff but never ever rewarded or praised them, now, instead of owning up to the fact it has jeopardised one of the greatest achievements of this country in its entire history, make that the greatest achievement, apologising, holding its hands up and admitting it was wrong – something which would have earned them my respect for a rare moment of honesty in government – it wants to set hurdles. WTF? As for the Brexit bonanza, I don’t believe in fairies at the bottom of the garden and I don’t believe that if we leave the EU we will suddenly receive a substantial windfall of millions.
I have been a teacher. I have been through Ofsted several times, and yes I was rated as an outstanding teacher delivering an outstanding lesson. Ofsted is stressful. You know you are under the microscope. Everything you have written, everything you say, everything you do, is under scrutiny. If this current government were to undergo an equivalent scrutiny I have no doubt it would be in special measures.
My gut reaction, based I admit on an increasingly cynical view of how our much vaunted democratic system actually works, is that this is a very cynical speech. Theresa May knows full well there will be no big cash dividend if we leave the EU, and when it does not transpire she will be a) already out of office and not giving a damn or b)blaming the EU. Probably both. As for the government’s targets, all it has to to do is shrug and say “Oh well, we would have given you the money, but you have not reached the targets we set. It’s a shame, but now we’re going to sell off the NHS.”
Maybe I am completely wrong. I hope I am.