Rachael Bletchly says This Is Going To Hurt paints a bleak picture of the National Health Service under New Labor and can’t imagine what a horror show it would be under the latest Tory cuts
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I have just watched all seven episodes of the BBC series This Is Going To Hurt.
I’m not a fan of medical dramas as they rarely reflect my own nursing experience or the stories of doctor buddies.
And while I loved Adam Kay’s Diaries, I wondered if they would work on TV with all the gory humor and gallows.
But Ben Whishaw is a bloody wonder as a weary young doctor.
And murderous drama should be prescribed to all Tory politicians who have rolled up their sleeves for a photo op in a gleaming hospital unit.
Because they never see what it REALLY is like on the shabby, bodily fluid-splattered frontline of the NHS.
Or how the heroes they cheered on for those other photo ops are performing daily miracles with depleted equipment, staff shortages, and chronic underfunding.
This series is therefore a visceral and timely reminder of the true face of our NHS.
And the tired features of its doctors and nurses should erase the smiles from the MPs’ mugs.
But, surprisingly, Adam Kay’s story is set in 2006 when New Labor was granted NHS remission. So what does it look like NOW after a decade of Tory austerity and their failed handling of a pandemic?
The NHS is in critical condition.
Six million people now languish on waiting lists while millions more have not bothered to seek treatment.
While the government calls it “a Covid backlog”, the pre-pandemic queue had already reached a record 4.5 million, thanks to 100,000 staff shortages.
They can’t even agree on a treatment plan to try and ease the pain.
This week the Prime Minister was forced to cancel his own recovery operation because the Chancellor and Health Secretary are arguing over the cost.
So he rushed to a plan to eliminate the cancer queue, then admitted it would take over a year.
Patients are suffering and dying because of 10 long years of conservative incompetence.
Now they expect us to swallow the bitter pill that wait times will “get worse before they get better”.
How long will this continue to hurt?