If you detected an element of despair in Dr Grumble's last post you would be right. Dr Grumble has just read The Plot Against the NHS. To be frank the picture on the cover says it all.
For years now poor old Grumble has been banging on about what he has seen being planned for the NHS. For years he has been incredulous at the disparity between the official position on the health service and what is clearly the intended direction of a multitude of policy documents that have emerged from our political masters. For years he has been wrestling to understand the real meanings of deliberately vague words such as contestability and plurality.
Grumble likes evidence. When data are massaged and the whole truth is kept secret, you do begin to wonder if perhaps you have misunderstood or are a victim of a pathological obsession. Can it really be that successive governments have deliberately kept their intentions for the health service a tight secret? Can it really be that the staff in the Department of Health no longer have the ethos of traditional British civil servants and do not ensure that the public know what is going on? Can it really be that we have a government that promises no top-down reorganisation of the NHS but is actually hell-bent on privatisation of our NHS?
If you want the answer to these questions and much more you need to buy this book. If you work for the NHS you need to buy this book. If you are an English NHS patient you must buy this book.
In case anybody's wondering, Dr Grumble bought this book with his own money. He has received no inducements. You can order it here. Grumble's copy arrived the very next day. Order it now. It's a good read.