NHS Staff Expect Strike to Kill Public Hearts and Minds - September 21st 2006
Hundreds of NHS Staff across the countryhave gone on strike today in protest against plans to reform the NHS system through privatisation. They hope, that through their strike action, their jobs will not be performed and consequently many people who would have lived will die.
"It's the same with any other Union action," striking NHS employee Keith Wilson explained, "If I worked in a soup factory and my line went on strike then no soup would end up being produced. As it turns out, my job is to provide medical attention to people who are dying in an effort to prevent it."
The Government has insisted it believes the effectiveness of the strike will be minimal, providing that nobody has an accident or contracts a life threatening disease - at least nothing that is fatal within the first 24 hours.
NHS staff have tried to insist that their strike is purely meant to be disruptive, and that it will in no way impede popular TV presenter Richard Hammond's recovery:
"The nurses working in the children's A&E department were not part of the same Union," Hospital director Chuck Hankman informed us, "So we transferred those directly to the Top Gear ward."
Despite the potential harm the strike could have on people's lives, many support their protest. Keith Wilson had his theories:
"The welfare state is something that has defined modern Britain, if you privatise it then money becomes an issue. Suddenly it becomes unprofitable to make sure Mrs Smith has her bedpan before 8pm, or that a kidney is delivered to surgery on time - is a culture of unending delays really something we want to associate with the British National Health Service?"
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