Überising the NHS

I never wanted this blog to be a personal diary, and don’t want it to become one now. My experiences are unimportant. After all, I’m not the first person to catch Covid 19, or even the billionth. Nor am I alone in Britain in being unable to consult a doctor about my illness, in any form: in person, or via Zoom or the phone. I used to think that my problems in this regard – retailed here: https://bernardjporter.com/2022/10/07/come-back-nanny/ – might be peculiar to the grossly underprivileged part of England I live in; but today’s news reveals that it’s a far more general problem, and consequently worth mentioning in a political blog: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/oct/20/ministers-accused-of-ignoringscale-of-problems-facing-gps-in-england. There today’s depersonalisation of GP provision is called ‘überisation’, which sounds about right. Überising – on top of privatisation – represents another stab in the heart of the old NHS we used to know and love. Which is why I’m looking forward to returning to my personal doctor in Sweden, who knows my history (and is very good). That’s after I’ve recovered enough from my current bout of untreated Covid to travel.

Here’s a little video of my doctor’s surgery in Stockholm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F47RujibBzE. – OK, maybe they shouldn’t be fooling around like this; but it’s good to know that they have the time to. They wouldn’t in Hull.

About bernardporter2013

Retired academic, author, historian.
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2 Responses to Überising the NHS

  1. How are you now, Bernard, two weeks after the above post?


  2. “I never wanted this blog to be a personal diary, and don’t want it to become one now. My experiences are unimportant.”
    You are excessively humble, Bernard. The experiences of individuals are exceptionally important. The histories of, for example, the French Revolution and the Third Reich are greatly enriched and informed by diaries kept by ‘ordinary’ individuals. The UK is currently enduring a period of its history that is anything but ordinary, and your reflections on it from a personal point of view are valuable. If civilisation persists, despite the odds, future historians will look on these times with a great deal of interest.


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