Following a litany of reports that a serious lack of funding has led to continuous crises in the National Health Service, the only people with the power to decide how money the NHS is allocated have unanimously agreed there is no way to prevent the NHS from hurtling towards a financial disaster.
“The NHS is broke; unsustainable; and there’s nothing we can do about it,” said government minister Kevin Trudge who was intimately involved in setting the UK budget this year with Chancellor George Osborne.
“Public funding? We can’t go on like this forever,” said another coalition minister, reflecting the general consensus that the NHS is terribly inefficient, despite saving more lives for every pound spent as a proportion of national wealth than any other country apart from Ireland.
A Department of Health spokesperson said: “If only there were some way of changing the amount of money we spend on hospital beds, lifesaving drugs, or the number of nurses and doctors we can hire to take care of the sick and vulnerable. Oh well.”
The recent NHS turmoil has sparked the wrath of newspaper headline writers aplenty in recent months – with the institution itself taking the greater share of the criticism as opposed to the individual government officials who decided to instigate a massive reorganisation while reshaping the funding structure, and outsourcing services to private firms.
Bearing in mind that whatever is happening right now is definitely not working, those in charge of among the only economically advanced nations spending under 10 per cent of its GDP (9.4) on healthcare [compared with the USA (17.7), Netherlands (11.9), France (11.6), Germany (11.3), Canada (11.2), Denmark (10.9), and New Zealand (10.3)] have resigned themselves to the notion that matching the spiralling cost of care in the UK is “beyond our control”.