"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries."
- Winston Churchill
Nowhere is this 'virtue' more pronounced in Britain's modern left than on the subject of healthcare.
NHS is being privatised', 'the NHS has been sold', 'the NHS no longer
exists'. These are all common phrases heard from the left.
seem to be happy to accept substandard care, long waiting lists and real
human suffering, as long as the horror is publicly run and equally
shared. Private companies being involved in healthcare is considered to
be awful. It doesn't matter if they offer shorter waits, better patient
outcomes, and are even able to combine this with lower costs.
Impossible. How could they do all of that at once? (and make a profit on top? No way)
to specialisation, division of labour; the innovation associated with
private enterprise that is incredibly difficult to replicate in
bureaucratic government organisations.
commissioner looks for the best price/quality combination they can find.
The service provider realises that the only way to win contracts is to
provide the best patient outcomes in the most efficient way. Having the
proper people in commissioning positions is vital - as is having a
multiplicity of providers to compete on price and quality.
there is one monopoly provider, which knows it will get the business no
matter how poor its service, horrific things like Mid-Staffs are sure to
I leave you with the Aravind Eye Care System in India,
an amazing business which receives no government or charitable funding,
and has treated tens of millions of Indians - many of them for free or
low cost. The business is successful because it has an excellent
reputation and offers a tiered service. Those who can pay, do. And they
receive a more luxurious hospital stay. Poorer patients pay little or
nothing, and receive the same high quality care but more basic