Tuesday 11 June 2024

Ed to the rescue

Lib Dem manifesto: Right to see GP within a week at heart of Ed Davey’s plan to transform Britain

Patients, tenants, carers and young people were put at the heart of the Liberal Democrats’ manifesto which was unveiled on Monday.

Sir Ed Davey proposed a £9 billion “rescue package” for the NHS and other public services. The Lib Dem manifesto includes:

A right to see a GP within seven days, or 24 hours if urgently needed, with 8,000 more GPs — half through recruitment, half through better retention — as part of a £3.7 billion boost to day-to-day NHS spending.

Easily the best act in any general election is the Lib Dem contribution. "Sir" Ed Davey* is particularly good at being amusingly unconvincing so that his people don't get carried away, which of course they would be in a more civilised and caring world.

Not so long ago we could go down to our local GP surgery and wait to see a GP, but Ed's lot seem happy enough for taxpayers to fund a more relaxed arrangement than that stuffy, out of date, dangerous, uneconomic and thoroughly old-fashioned approach.

*Presumably his stage name.


dearieme said...

"A right to see a GP within seven days": unlike many Continental systems where you can often see the GP that day perhaps by just walking in.

Sam Vega said...

How does "Sir" Ed Davey know what is going on in the NHS? He didn't even know what was going on in his own department. He was "deeply misled by Post Office executives".

Bucko said...

How many diversity officers will £3.7 billion provide?

A K Haart said...

dearieme - we could do that before lockdown, not now though.

Sam - good point, he's asking us to believe he makes the effort to delve into issues and doesn't wave away problems.

Bucko - probably not many with their own offices and support staff. Bound to end up underfunded.

dearieme said...

I have just learnt that "Sir" Kneelalot is a pescatarian. Fishy, eh?

A K Haart said...

dearieme - it is fishy. Mrs H and I were pescatarians for quite a few years but didn't know it at the time.

Peter MacFarlane said...

See a GP within seven days? This is progress? God help us.

"...unlike many Continental systems where you can often see the GP that day perhaps by just walking in..."

And as you could in the UK as recently as the 60's and 70's - evenings and Saturday mornings often included. And a home visit if you needed it.

Where, exactly, has all the extra money gone? (Rhetorical question...)

A K Haart said...

Peter - only a few years ago we could go down to the GP surgery and wait to be seen. It may have been a long wait, but it was part of the service. Not now.