SAJID Javid here, veteran of many cabinets. I’ve stepped forward as the f**khead suggesting you pay £20 to see your GP. Here’s how the profitable Tory NHS will work:
Charges start low
The first student loans, in 1992, was £600 a year. Affordable, right? Now it’s £27,000. Likewise GP fees will begin at a reasonable £10, then creep up to £35, then suddenly it’ll be £225 before you can say ‘I think I’m having a stroke’.
Dozens of operations will be cancelled with no consequences for the private companies now running hospitals, often ten minutes before you were about to have surgery. They’ll be announced on an LED board in the hospital foyer when it’s not showing adverts.
In a strange reversal of priorities, you’ll be able to browse the web while haemorrhaging in A&E or during a difficult birth. There won’t be a doctor or midwife available, but you can use it to order a coffee and croissant for £10.
Bizarre competition system introduced
All NHS services will be competing to offer the best, cheapest service. A customer with a spinal injury in Portsmouth can simply go to Aberdeen for treatment, proving the free market is more efficient. Unless your care ticket isn’t valid in that region or it’s off-peak.
No timewasting hypochondriacs
Charges will stop whining fakes clogging up the system. It’ll be easier than ever to see a doctor because millions of skint people will be at home hoping a broken hip or appendicitis will wear off.
New corporate logos
Every NHS organisation will be rebranded so that, for example, Birmingham City Hospital becomes Mid-England Wellness Rapide. You’ll feel much better during your stay in hospital knowing you’re in the hands of the best marketing professionals.
Unprofitable treatments to be cut
Cancer care is notoriously expensive. By contrast, breast enlargements are straightforward. So for every mopey cancer patient you could have loads of nice big pairs of profitable tits. It’s about allocating resources wisely.
A new tier of high-quality bureaucracy
If you can’t pay upfront for your treatment, there’ll be NHS financial advisors on hand to agree a payment plan. They’ll be on commission and will give you the hard sell, so be careful not to go in with a broken ankle and agree to have a leg amputated and a top-of-the-range prosthesis.
A lifetime of debt collection
Much like student loans, bailiffs will hassle you for medical debts you paid off decades ago thanks to our poor record-keeping. Well, we can’t run the risk of someone getting medical treatment for free.