Rewrite of earlier sub, not for consideration, as such. But it is boiling my piss.
The NHS is experiencing widespread disruption today after patients voted to stage a walk out as a show of solidarity with NHS workers over the cuts to staff pensions. The vote follows a series of meetings held by Patience, the union which represents NHS patients.
Patience leader, Reginald Taylor, who is 62 and suffers with final stage heart failure with concurrent severe COPD which requires 24 hour management, expressed his disappointment at the government's treatment of NHS staff and stated that the cuts to the NHS pensions were a step too far:
“If the lack of NHS funding, lack of hospital beds, hospital waiting lists, GP waiting lists, lack of NHS dentists, the postcode lottery on cancer treatment and the bias of NICE towards approving treatments that are cheap rather than effective weren't enough to get these people of their arses, then I'm glad pensions did. And we shall be there on the front line supporting them. Although some of us might not even reach pensionable age, it would be nice to know that when they get there, they can afford a better holiday!"
But whilst both unions are displaying a united front, there is tension growing between the two, with many within Unison believing that the patient support is hampering their own cause.
Chris Remington, UNISON regional manager in London, called the patient strikes “a disgrace” and branded Patience leaders “selfish and irresponsible”:
“How on earth are we meant to force the government into making concessions when our leverage is out on the picket line too?”, he continued. “These so-called “patients” have no idea of the disruption they are causing; there go my retirement plans!”
Health officials are considering drafting in volunteers to fill the hospital beds to minimise the impact upon NHS workers. The plans, however, have been met with derision by Patience leaders who reiterated their intent to make a stand:
“I get enough scabs from my ulcerating, infected legs," explained Mr. Taylor, "so the last thing I want to see is opportunists making this easier for the government. But we will not falter; they can take this oxygen tank from my cold, dead......"