The recent deliberately contrived, ‘oh it’s just Boris’, antics of not wearing a mask on a crowded train and hospital visit, along with the whimsical suggestion members of the CBI visit Peppa Pig World, succeeded in drawing attention away from far more important things, such as the third reading of the Health and Care Bill, which quietly passed through parliament unamended at the end of last month.

No need to ask which way Bob Seely voted.

So what might be driving the government's desire to increasingly embrace the private health sector, might it be that NHS finances are spiralling out of control?

Something rarely talked about are the escalating costs surrounding medical negligence.

The entire budget for our NHS in England is roughly £115bn.

NHS Resolution has estimated that medical negligence liabilities for the future stand at a staggering £83.4bn, (figures for 2019).

It is not difficult to see the attraction of welcoming in the private sector to provide more and more medical services, not least to help shoulder any future medical negligence liabilities.

As the private medical sector makes deeper and deeper inroads into providing medical services for our NHS, will standards improve, or will their involvement become so entrenched standards will drop when capabilities within our NHS become so depleted there are no other alternatives but to accept whatever the private sector is prepared to offer, after it has creamed off huge profits for its shareholders, of course?

Our NHS, once the envy of the world, has slipped to fifth place.

The road is clear, but which political party, if any, will be brave enough to reverse the trend, and do the public truly care, or is the British love affair with our NHS over?

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