The NHS is 70 this year. Hurrah.
The NHS is starved of funding. Pooh.
We must give the nhs more funding this year to show we value it.
(We have starved the nhs for seven years.)
Cancer survival rates in the UK are below those in Europe.
Therefore, we must put more money into cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Let’s double cancer spending from £7.5bn to £15bn.
What is the biggest cause of death now?
More people die with or from dementia now than any other disease in the UK.
So why don’t we give dementia more funding?
For research. For post diagnosis support. For admiral nurses everywhere. For dementia navigators everywhere. For universal training for all NHS and care staff.
Oh no, I forgot, it’s that invisible illness that everyone is frightened of and would prefer to ignore and forget.
It’s dementia, and there’s no cure.
It’s dementia, that disease that makes people into silent, staring, ghosts.
No, why would we want to spend more on that?
850,000 people with brain disease.
Another million family carers.
Research break throughs on the horizon.
People living with dementia frightened to leave their homes in case they get lost or cant remember why or fall.
Family carers in crisis unable to get support and respite. At their wits’ end. Hell on earth.
We have poor cancer outcomes. We don’t meet treatment targets. That’s what the public wants. That’s what we’ll give them.
Oops…I mean that’s what their taxes will give them.
Dementia, MS, Parkinsons…weeelll…those people will die whatever we do. There’s no cure so…whats the point?
And by the next election, if we last till 2022, which I won’t but someone might, we can sing a great song of having given a hundred thousand people an extra couple of (treatment ridden) years of living.
Bring me the sick, the scared, the broken and the dying, and I’ll…
Look the other way.