NHS England boss Simon Stephens wants the UK’s successful vaccination programme to be used as a blueprint for the future of the health service.
Writing in The Times today, Stephens says that the vaccination programme will inspire fundamental changes in the way that the NHS cares for people. Health workers will encourage the most vulnerable to “remain healthy” rather than wait for them to get sick.
According to Stephens, bin men will alert doctors when people become too frail to put out their rubbish. GP’s and councils will work together to identify people most likely to become ill and intervene before it happens. Sound scary? It is.
Embarking on some of the biggest reforms in decades, the NHS aims to move the focus away from treatment and onto prevention. It sounds benign and even pragmatic. It isn’t.
In his Times column today, Simon Stephens says that the vaccination drive has shown how powerful this approach can become, if it is regarded as a central priority. According to The Times:
Local areas will be told to identify the people most likely to develop cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other serious illness, work out how to reduce that risk and then encourage them to take up the offer.
How exactly would local authority’s encourage people to take up the offer? Simon Stephens doesn’t say. And what exactly will be on offer? That’s easy. Vaccines (or gene therapy drugs) and lots of them.
As I’ve said in a recent column, vaccines are in development for obesity, diabetes, allergies, Alzheimer’s and pretty much anything you can think of.
Stephen’s says that “the NHS will “identify and tackle the causes of ill health, from poor housing to lifestyle.”
People will be encouraged to make lifestyle changes by health visitors sent to their homes by the local authority. Lifestyle changes might mean taking more exercise, quitting smoking, cutting back on the booze or even a cap on your daily calorie intake. How Orwellian.
I wonder what will happen to those who refuse to make the required lifestyle changes? Will they be penalised or punished? Will everyone have a social credit score? Will you lose points for not listening to the health visitor and taking steps to improve yourself?
You will definitely be told that your health is no longer your personal business. You will be reminded constantly, that your poor health has an impact on the health service, which in turn impacts everyone else.
This is already happening of course. You’re being asked to take the covid jab to protect others and refuseniks are already being blamed for future lockdowns.
In the coming years, NHS shortcomings will be blamed on the pandemic. Resources will be very tight. Treatments will be limited.
You will be invited to take an ever increasing number of gene therapy drugs to prevent you from getting sick and in turn to preserve the NHS and it’s finite resources.
Refusing will not be an option. Welcome to Dystopia.