If the Government really, really wanted to reduce NHS costs, it would stop ‘saving the lives’ of people who are in the first stage of dying. It would stop wasting vast amounts of money on keeping people who are very old alive.
By saying that, I do not justify it. I mention it only because it illustrates the ‘cognitive dissonance’ of the politics of Health.
When my wife was last in hospital (and I have noticed it before), I was struck by the number of very old people who occupy hospital beds, and by the number of very old people who were being ferried around the corridors. Specifically, because of the complications of Multiple Sclerosis, herself was on the ‘complex care’ ward. You would think that such a ward would have numerous young people with severe problems. That was not the case. Almost all the patients were very old.
Not for a moment am I saying that such people should not be cared for. Not at all. What I am saying is that the costs of the NHS are not being properly advertised. Note that word – advertised. THE PEOPLE can be mislead by the omission of facts, just as much as by the commission of facts.
Tobacco Control delights in stating that it ‘saves lives’. That is utter rot. At best, taking into consideration Doll’s ‘Doctors Study’, it postpones deaths.
In Doll’s ‘Doctors Study’, almost all the doctors lived into their sixties at least. The heavy smoking doctors cost society, in the form of pensions, care and ill-health, very little because they pegged out not long after pensionable age. It was the non-smoking doctors who cost society the greatest amount of money, both in pensions and health care.
What is important about that situation, which is TRUE, is that no one talks about it. You would think that the BBC would have documentaries about the longevity and health cost of jogging old people, and how they accumulate their pensions for the benefit of their children. Nothing is said. That is ‘dis-information’. But that ‘dis-information’ cannot be avoided since TELLING THE TRUTH would upset the political apple-cart.
The reality is, despite their fine words, politicians do not know how to make changes. They rely upon ‘experts’, in every field, to tell them what to do.
That is where the EU breaks down decisively. It is just the same as the UN and the WHO. Everything is wonderful and if anything goes wrong, it can be ignored and glossed over because no one is responsible to THE PEOPLE.
The EU is dying – in its present form. We need to get out because it was always Elitist. Cameron et al are ‘Elitists’. They pride themselves on being ‘special’.
But the EU is on its deathbed. It is cruel to forcibly keep it alive.