The release of the interview last night with David Cameron on Radio 4 was an important development. In it David quite clearly stated that the Health department, like all others, will need to make economies. Health is not exempt form the necessary pressure which needs to be introduced into every department to do more for less, and to raise quality.
Today, Labour’s spin doctors are no doubt in overdrive to try to tempt the unwary or the few remaining Labour loyalist journalists into writing stories of horrendous cuts in health services. Why do they bother to lie so? No-one sensible believes it any more. Most people know we need to rein in public borrowing, and most know huge sums are being wasted in parts of the public sector. Are we , the taxpayers, paying for any of this spin?
David made it crystal clear that he did does not want cuts in front line services. There is no question of seeking closures of wards or hospitals, or mass sackings of nurses. That is all Labour’s wild and wicked imaginings. He also realistically said that as health care is getting dearer and there will be more demand, the budget would go up.
It is high time we moved on from the idiot soundbite of “Labour investment, Tory cuts” to a grown up discuission of why public sector productivity has done so much worse than private sector productivity. The soundbites we need include “Let’s make every pound of public money to stretch further” and “Conservative efficiency versus Labour’s waste”. People cannot afford more tax hikes. There’s been enough of those in the last few years. They just want to know that what they do pay goes on the core public services they value. They are fed up with all the spending on the spin society, the surveillance society, the regulated out of existence sociaety and the political correctness society.