Beyond the Bedpan is left reeling by an attack on our ‘Nazi’ NHS - by a woman who advises the Conservative party on health policy.
The beauty of the internet is that anyone can write whatever they want, whenever they want, about any subject they want. The blogosphere in particular has every persuasion, perversion and conspiracy theory you could think of, and millions more that you couldn’t.
To demonstrate, let’s take two random subjects, say the NHS and Nazis. One is much-lauded, often imperfect system of providing free healthcare for all. The other is a group responsible for some of history’s most brutal atrocities. What could they possibly have in common?
Quite a lot, according to our colleagues at Nurses for Reform, a campaign group made of nurses who oppose the NHS. Or, in their own words, “reject bland egalitarianism in favour of competition”, and believe that “the state should set free all NHS hospitals and healthcare provision”.
Their objections are many and varied, but one really sticks out - the NHS is akin to Nazi policy. Through a particularly tenuous series of links starting with a spoof YouTube video and ending with the alleged discovery of an NHS strategy document in Hitler’s bunker, NFR president Helen Evans adds the Third Reich to a list of reasons why we do not not, will not, and never have needed a National Health Service.
“Designed to take Britain half way to Moscow and simultaneously admired by Hitler’s inner coterie, socialised medicine and the Fabian welfare state has a particularly unsavoury heritage”, she reasons.
Harmless enough you might think, as the author must surely be a paranoid conspiracy theorist of the highest order. Possibly, but Ms Evans is in good company. Last month she met with Conservative leader David Cameron to discuss health policy. Interesting times.
And finally, another classic from that hotbed of professional misjudgement, Facebook.
You guessed it - a nurse, failing to heed the lessons of the Lying Down Game pranksters, has posted pictures of patients having operations on the social networking site.
The commenters’ verdict was swift and to the point: “When you go into hospital you expect to be treated with respect and dignity. Not be photographed and paraded on Facebook. This nurse has broken every rule in the book.”
Others were not so diplomatic: “I am speechless. This person is an idiot, not a nurse.”
Beyond the Bedpan has nothing more to say on the matter.