An early bird in the hand is worth two in the mulberry bush
By Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson
When I read about Norman Lamb’s call for an independent commission to examine the future of the NHS and social care systems, I checked my calender; no, we were still in January – I had thought for a moment we had fast-forwarded to April 1st.
Perhaps we have here the essential difference between a politician and a statesman; politicians are good at talking (we all know that) but statesmen also have some facility for doing. At present, Westminster is full of politicians.
When I read about the possibility of yet another commission, it got my dander (never far beneath my serene surface of urbane unruffledness) up. What are we looking at? The usual panel of luminaries who will spend months gathering ‘evidence’, and then more months cobbling together something they can all agree on and then, perhaps 18 months down the track, they’ll make their recommendations. Then there’ll be another three months while the Government ponders . . . and then the Treasury will say, as it has said so many times before, ‘sorry, no can do’.
And so we go round the mulberry bush. In the meantime bed numbers in the sector will have shrunk and thousands of frail elderly people, who could have been helped, won’t have been. Is there a statesman in the House?
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