“Britain is paying the price for an overly centralised system that is reluctant to work with the private sector.”
At first I thought it just stupid, but it’s actually really quite threatening, heard on 3rd April’s R4 Today programme. The commentator is advocating the system so badly failing the American people, now the Covid-19 epicentre of the world! So why say something so transparently idiotic? Clearly, the ability to procure centrally at scale, and to impose uniform standards and policies, is saving lives.
So this could well be a toe in the water, to see whether the public will swallow the idea that the problem is somehow the fault of our creaking and chronically under resource health and social services.
Keep an eye out for more.