……. this. (and in-patients, too!)
Cut the discussion and get down to the raw facts. The NHS certainly has its faults and can be improved without the addition of cash BUT the NHS and the social services which can take people out of hospital beds for care after treatment ARE short of cash. The NHS really is a national gem and needs significant and on-going extra cash. If we want it to care for us, we have to care or it.
It does not have to be supported by extra taxes. We are sitting on enormous energy reserves of shale gas. We are importing shale gas in specially made ships from the USA and Arab countries. We are importing natural gas from Russia which owns part of Centrica which, of course, owns British Gas. THIS IS INSANE. The UK has the best shale gas technology in the world and, yes, we can do it safely. In terms of environmental balance, it is better to do shale gas here in the UK and use the revenues to build the NHS and develop renewable energy sources.
Bill Butterworth, Member of the British Society of Soil Science
Land Research Ltd, 24th June 18