From Fraser Nelson in the Telegraph today:
It hasn’t taken Sajid Javid long to get into a fight with the doctors’ unions. Unlike recent Tory Health Secretaries, he doesn’t wear an “NHS” badge on his lapel – regarding himself more as a reformer than a cheerleader. He rejected calls to extend lockdown in July and is resisting bringing restrictions now. The British Medical Association is upping the ante, accusing him of “wilfully negligence” in his failure to enforce mask-wearing. Their message: if things get worse, he’ll be to blame….https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/10/21/nhs-isnt-facing-another-covid-crisis-sajid-javid-knows/?WT.mc_id=e_DM1510383&WT.tsrc=email&etype=Loy_Dig_Acq_Sat_14Dto21D&utmsource=email&utm_medium=Loy_Dig_Acq_Sat_14Dto21D20211023&utm_campaign=DM1510383
No I haven’t lost my marbles but one of my least favourite journalists, well-known for his own mouthful of marbles, is correct and if he’s correct, I am even more so.
Why am I correct?
I’m correct that that NHS Scotland is not in a crisis despite the opposition parties’ deepest wishes and trade unionists willing to feed them with ‘facts’, because infection levels have flattened, admissions are falling, staff absence too, and we have 50% more beds and nurses than England.
Nelson and Javid being Tories are less correct but more willing to take a punt on lives. In England the surge in infections is largely among the young and less vulnerable and it’ll probable start to fall quite soon as mask-wearing returns. Hospital admissions are climbing, unlike in Scotland, but it’s not a steep curve and they still have the Nightingales in reserve.
More people will die in England this winter but they’re not Tory-voters so what do Nelson and Javid care?