Op-ed; NHS reform appears here to stay. This wonderful British health service of ours has had to meet many challenges in recent years. An increasing elderly population, an increase in drug and alcohol abuse in the UK, new treatments and diagnostics have all added an extra burden on already stretched services.
The Tory Party in coalition government with the Lib Dems did not have a clear mandate to govern the UK but that did not stop them bringing in radical policies and reforms, notably of the NHS.
Unelected PM Theresa May is carrying on with Cameron's crippling NHS reforms and now the NHS is in crisis.
Staff and patients witnessed the NHS changed, changed and changed again.
Some who instigated changes may have had improvements at heart.
The Tories have not, never have and never will.
They have long had their eyes on the NHS.
They would like to dismantle it or ruin it beyond repair so that people are happy to embrace an alternative private health care system.
You may think that would not be a bad thing but trust me it will be.
If you are part of that privileged 1% of the population you have nothing to fear.
If you, for example, live on a benefit which is already being cut or reduced you could be in deep trouble.
Talk to very elderly relatives who were alive before the NHS was created if you know little of British economic and social History.
Before 1948 British health care depended on your direct income. Little wonder people died so much younger and women in childbirth.
It was not only that technology and science needed to move on but more that money bought good health.
In 2013 the NHS faced a tough year mainstream media reported but as an NHS worker I thought it was already experiencing tough times.
Ward closures, staff cuts, vacant posts not filled, budget cuts, pay freezes and more. As some hospital trusts made a commitment to reduce beds, that is close wards and shed staff, many patients began receiving inappropriate care. If you need a bed on an oncology ward, one on a general medicine ward will not suffice.
NHS funding was reverting back to GPs but that has not worked out well has it?
Some patients now have to wait a month to get a GP appointment.
More unnecessary changes which cost a heap of money and rarely have positive results.
Those who work in PCTs, primary care trusts, may find that they do the same work as previously but for a GP run commission and for less money.
And even in 2013 "Houston we have a problem"
"The Mid-Essex Clinical Commissioning Group which is set to take over the running of NHS services will not be ready in time. It has a deadline of April 2013 but announced that it is experiencing recruitment problems and an overspend."
In order to get out of a hole the group wanted to employ a director to get the scheme back on track.
Doesn't that take the biscuit? Less and less Indians and more and more Chiefs?
At one time the government promised that front line staff would not take a hit. More Tory lies.
Money is being wasted on project managers and the like to enforce job cuts and manage a leaner work force. A farce.
The idea is that less people will need inpatient care in a hospital. Fine if an alternative at home service is in place but we predicted it would not be and sure enough it is not.
Look closely at who is running or has a vested interest in this new scheme before you pass judgement.
OPINION: Remember all those Tory posters showing Cameron saying the NHS was safe in their hands? If you believed the ads you were very foolish. The NHS was only at the start of major changes. Nursing staff experiencing down grades as far as money goes is just one other issue. Insufficient beds before there was even a hint of Winter and its associated health pressures is another.
Millions of pounds will be thrown at what will not work.
And if the Tory Party is still in power in a few years time, the NHS will be scrapped.