The World’s Biggest Employer

On that incredibly distant May morning in 1997, New Labour promised to ‘raise NHS spending in real terms every year and to spend the money on patients not bureaucracy’. In fact the number of bureaucratic jobsworths has doubled under Blair-Brown and is still growing six times as quickly as the number of hospital nurses. As doctors’ salaries have risen into the stratosphere there have been big falls in the number of nurses working in GP practices, health visitors and nursing assistants. Vast sums have been poured into the NHS but as it remained unreformed at the insistence of Gordon Brown, we have failed to obtain good value for money.’ With 1.5 million warm bodies, it is now the biggest employer in the world, larger even than the Chinese Army – with a productivity matched only by the Indian Railways.

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