‘Where are the medical voices raised in protest?’ asks Greener, in
his article about the onslaught of NHS reforms. Protest to whom? Hospital
managers are desperate, ministers are not interested. Medical voices are
easily characterised by the media as self-interested. More importantly,
public awareness of the true direction of the reforms has been limited.
However, when departments or hospitals close, and tax-funded services
transfer to for-profit organisations, then protest at last is likely to
be heard, from doctors -and patients. It is premature to conclude that the
profession has acquiesced to the blitz that is descending on Bevan’s NHS.
Competing interests: No competing interests