If Polly Toynbee cared about Britons' health she'd campaign to scrap the NHS

Polly Toynbee has gone off on one again about the way the government is failing the NHS. But the truth is the NHS is a bad system which fails the country's health. Check out our cancer survival rates?

by Doctor Death on 15 November 2013 13:09

Let's agree that health is one of those issues that can and must transcend ideology or party preference. Let's just be pragmatic. If a system works, great. If it doesn't let's have a re-think, and use international alternatives to help us in our task.

Sound reasonable? Not to the Guardian's veteran columnist Polly Toynbee, who seems to regard the state-run National Health Service (NHS) as an item of religious dogma that simply cannot be questioned.

In a rather boring, and thus typical, piece today she's gone off on one about how competition is causing the NHS to fail and that the Tories (or maybe the pseudo-Tory New Labour types too) have instigated this dastardly plot to, presumably, please the rich and do down the poor.

"One lesson for the NHS – why did so few speak out?", she asks. Here's what people should be speaking out about Polly. This table was published by a major British newspaper in 2009, and things have not got better.

Indeed, the formerly communist countries that are now in the EU (and like the rest of the continent ran a mile from emulating our statist system in favour of insurance based models) are overtaking us in cancer survival rates. What's she got to say about this?

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