You can see the film at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQ3ddkEW_C8. Even if you disagree with SOHS, I urge you to watch it. Without knowing what SOHS are saying, you cannot refute their arguments.
One of the problems with the health service, it seems to me, is that governments of all complexions have been unable to resist the temptation to fiddle with it, either for ideological reasons or simply to stamp their mark on it. I suggest that all government ministers, perhaps all MPs, should be compelled to have a big sign in front of their desks, where they cannot avoid seeing it, reading:
IF IT AIN’T BROKE, DON’T FIX IT!
I have said in the past that I have no philosophical objection to privatisation of NHS services, provided this does not result in an increase in costs or mistreatment of staff. I am afraid that recent events have shown that there is a disadvantage that I had not considered. As I write this, Carillion, a massive conglomerate, is on the verge of bankruptcy; by the time you read it, it might even be in administration. Carillion has many contracts to provide services for State organisations, including some for the health service. Even if all works out well in the end, at the very least, it will impact the morale of the staff, and will probably cause some disruption to services. It also imposes an obligation on government to get involved, even if by inaction, in a matter that should be no concern of theirs.
Since writing the above, Carillion has gone into administration.
I saw an old film the other day of what must have been the parade during a very early Victorian Week in Ilfracombe. Two things struck me. First, how many people, especially children, took part – it must have been a significant percentage of the town, and I wonder why there isn’t the same interest in the event nowadays. Second, there were almost no very fancy costumes. Almost everyone wore the sort of things that the poor or middle classes might have worn, and these are clothes that can easily be adapted from the sort of things we wear now. People tended in general to wear a little more than we do today. Men and boys might wear shirt and trousers, but also a waistcoat. Women and girls would wear long dresses and maybe also a shawl. Everyone wore hats of some description. How about trying something like that this year?
Do you ever look at the BBC News website?