I see that the government has been defeated over its plans for the NHS at the Labour Party conference.
Delegates voted in favour of a Unison motion calling for a slow down in the pace of reform and condemning the privatisation of the health service. It comes on the day health workers at NHS Logistics are on strike over plans to sell-off the supply agency to DHL. Unison general secretary Dave Prentis told the Manchester audience ministers must get the mess "sorted out".
The Trade Unions and the majority of the Labour Party want to see the NHS stagger along, untainted by the satanic whiff of the private sector. It seeks to ensure that the giant monolith is left to concentrate on the real priorities - such as it's staff wages, holidays and perks.
Now I know not everyone will agree with me - but I think that Unison are half-right! The Government should stop interfering in the Health Service. It should instead remove itself entirely from Health Care provision and encourage the vastly more productive and efficient private sector to come in and run the NHS from top to bottom. Time to weed out the Unions, time to slim down the vast bureaucracy, time to put the needs of PATIENTS first. Axe the NHS!