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Date: 2017-02-08 10:36 pm (UTC)
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The NHS as such is not well placed to fight the government, especially given the way it's been carved up since 2012. And honestly they're fighting for their existence right now. Letting patients get deported will lead to deaths, yes, but we'll probably never even get realistic figures on how many people are dying because hospitals are now so resource starved emergency and critical care are just not happening.

And there's the Junior Doctors' contract, and there's Brexit, and and and. Pretty much every week I hear stories like: a medical practice fighting for months to get the funding authorized to eg renew the lease on their premises, until they get desperate enough that all the doctors resign, at which point "emergency" funding can be released to transfer the practice to a private provider who then re-employs most of the original doctors (minus the ones who've given up in despair in the meantime).

But individual doctors and doctors' organizations are resisting, please don't think the NHS is just sitting there letting the government get away with this. Docs not cops is, exactly, resisting all these measures that are making foreigners afraid to seek healthcare. They're just not resisting as "the NHS".
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