Mike E wrote: Since the Tories got back into power they have been running our health service into the ground, way before this pandemic, via their austerity and privatisation by stealth agenda.
A bonus, as a thank you to all the front line NHS workers, would be great, but misses the point that staff have been leaving the service in droves due to pay and working conditions for several years now. A decent pay rise is needed not only for current staff but also to attract new.
The UK economy is one of the strongest in the world due to its healthy workforce thanks to our NHS, but as under previous Tory governments they miss that point, and their policy is to run it as much on a shoestring as possible. If they had their way it would be sold off piecemeal to private concerns enabling more tax cuts and to the benefit of their party donors and cronies, who no doubt all have private health cover to boot.
Hang on Mike, I think you need to check your history here. The most significant element of privatisation in the NHS started well before that. John Major's government introduced PFI, but the Blair/Brown period saw a massive acceleration leaving many Trusts hamstrung by the revenue consequences for decades to come. It was also a period where we saw things like cleaning contracts and IT services being outsourced, as well as a range of ancilliary services. Anything this government may have done in 15 short months pales into insignificance.