I frequently get my ear bent about my bitter disdain for the NHS and it's certainly true that I have been exceptionally unlucky not to encounter (as a patient) a single one of the caring, helpful staff that the NHS is said to be full of.
So, let me say something positive about British healthcare professionals: given the insane bureaucracy and meddling, soundbite-driven, target-oriented micromanagement by the government, given the complete disconnect of normal market self-interest in making medical people care about patient loyalty, it is a remarkable testament to the skill, dedication and commitment of those healthcare staff who do actually care and do actually deliver, that the UK is not at the bottom of the healthcare charts.
It just frustrates me that if there were truly an open market in healthcare, things would be so much better, people wouldn't be beholden to faceless quangocrats for the drugs they need, or have postcode lotteries, or have faceless bureaucrats unaccountably cutting services for everyone but the really rich.
So, here's to the individual nurses, doctors and other people in the NHS who care enough to deliver good health care despite, not because of, the stupid business model that the NHS has.
And could someone please arrange that my local GP practice gets a couple of them? Thanks!