As the LibLabCon Party factions scramble to promise huge additional funding for the NHS and as each tries to claim a special relationship with the NHS, is it time to ask some hard questions?
The work that pre-dated the politicians produced a medical service that included charitable services and mutual health societies. Without that base, the NHS could not have come into being. For this contributions, the politicians can claim no credit, and dues are to those in the health care industry for seeking to extend reliable health care to all sectors of the population.
Mutual Health Societies offered more than the NHS was to offer and it may be that a very promising and efficient health service was cut short by politicians meddling and creating a hybrid nationalized industry.
The Lab faction of the LibLabCon Party introduced the NHS because it was in Government. The work to prepare for a National Health Service, free at the point of delivery, was carried out by a cross section of politicians and those working in the health care industry. It can be argued that the introduction was botched by the Lab faction. Bevin, as the responsible Minister, boasted that he had crammed doctors mouths with gold - hardly a reliable method of creating a national health service and demonstrating a weakness that was to appear again during the corrupt Blair/Brown Regime when doctors were paid more to deliver less and widespread privatisation was to make health care less accessible, more expensive, and to almost completely privatise dental health care to the point where thousands are now unable to find even a private dentist and few can afford the cost of private dental care - all this at a time when health care funding is rocketing through the roof, waiting times are extending and thousands of operations are being cancelled because funds have been misused.
It is very difficult not to conclude that the NHS is both a propaganda myth and an operational monster that consumes much and delivers remarkably little.
Under the Blair/Brown Regime, the NHS was put under the control of bureaucrats and spin doctors. Medical facilities and bed spaces were closed across the country to allow concentration in faceless and largely uncaring mega hospitals that ripped off patients and visitors with eye watering parking charges, have created a captive market because so many patients and their visitors had to travel long distances from home to hospital and were not adequately served by public transport.
The concentration of services in a significantly smaller number of facilities has in turn placed a huge additional burden on ambulance services that are crumbing under the weight.
Hospital A&E is placed in enormous pressure because the GP service has become a 9-5 five day week cover and waiting times to see a GP have extended rapidy during the last 15 years.
Treatment is now frequently dictated not by clinical need but by post code funding lottery.
Much of the available NHS resources are now directed away from British natives and away from those who have greatest need.
Trans-gender reassignment and gastric band operations may be important health services, but when they take away from basic essential health care for patients with life-threatening conditions, the priorities may not be fairly set. It is easy to see this as a natural consequence of the 'nanny' State, where successive Governments have sought to increase their control over the population and reduce the need for people to think for themselves. Just because a procedure is possible, does not mean automatically that it should be available as an NHS service. Far too frequently, procedures have been promoted for political rather than medical reasons.
Scandal after scandal has covered the NHS and the politicians answer has been to reduce services and pour huge sums of additional money into the NHS.
Fortunately, police are at last beginning to start investigations into the mass murder of patients under the so called Liverpool Pathway. This bureaucratic device allowed patients to be denied food and water, leaving them to die painfully.
In Lab faction controlled areas, the NHS has provided a scandalous service that has triggered investigation after investigation.
Political interference has resulted in the abandonment of many nurse and doctor training systems, making the NHS dependent on foreign workers who are not even required to demonstrate an adequate level of English to allow reliable communication with eath other and with patients. Today 4 out of 5 nurses are foreign workers brought in to keep the NHS going.
For Britain to give foreign health workers jobs to develop their skills before they return to their home countries and benefit their health services is one thing, but to rob those services of workers just to keep the NHS going is another.
Much money is wasted on compensation for patients who have suffered from mistakes and neglect while receiving treatment. As most of these terrible problems could have been avoided by good governance and competent health workers, this is a further betrayal by those mis-managing the NHS, and is money that is no longer available for the improvement of health care.
There are so many failures every day, many costing lives, that incompetence and political manipulation is endemic and the NHS has become a monster in urgent need of reform.
The final conclusion is that none of the LibLabCon Party factions can be trusted with the NHS.
The only political party to offer positive solutions and a commitment to the deliver of services free at the point of delivery is Ukip. That is exemplary for Ukip and may be a major reason for voting Ukip in 2015, but it is a terrible failure by the factions of the LibLabCon Party and should be a source of deep regret rather than a reason for boastful and false propaganda by those factions.