Frank_Butcher wrote: Depends on what you mean by 'unpreparedness'. Our health system has not been overwhelmed like Italy's and others and that is one achievement. Nightingales have largely been unused as NHS organisations have managed by increasing theor own capacity. This is all good news. If you mean PPE etc. then yes we were underprepared like all other countries.
On the budget thing and this is my last comment because it isn't hard to understand. Look at the graph in the link you posted. It goes up to 2018/19 and does not include the settlements for 2019/20 and 2020/21 - we are now in financial year 2020/21. You yourself quoted 1.0% over the last 10 years so those two years have to be included. As I have shown you, those two settlements were 5.2% and 2.9%. Given you revised your claim to 1.6% and we then have to include the previous two years, I suspect without calculating it, we are somewhere over 2%. When you're dealing with a budget of £140Bn, that's quite a sizeable discrepancy. But you're a bright chap and I think you knew that anyway, it just didn't suit your narrative.
Now you may call me a pedant in some thinly guised attempt at an insult, but if being a pedant means dealing in facts and not presenting intentionally distorted views to support your argument, then I'll gladly accept it.
Now, coronavirus ...
Seems like you are in denial. I am talking LAST 10 years not the next 2 years. Thats what has impacted on the response to this crisis. That is not hard to understand as you put it.
You talk about the nhs budget increasing every year since 2010. Come off it ! The nhs budget has increased practically every year since it was created! You talk about creating capacity, conveniently overlooking all the services that have been put on hold to enable that. You have seen the increased rate of non virus deaths I take it! And would have been a hell of a lot worse if it had happened in mid Winter when the nhs is at full capacity even in a good year.