DAILY LETTER COMMENTS: Eliminate waste in our bloated NHS
There is never a good time to fall ill. But as the country prepares for its biggest ever wave of NHS strikes, this week has been an especially bad one.
Nurses, paramedics and ambulance drivers are going out in pursuit of unrealistically high pay demands.
Thousands of surgeries will be canceled, leaving patients suffering for longer, while lives will be in danger if sick and injured patients can’t get to the hospital.
Strikers should ask themselves who is paying them. It’s not the Government, but the hardcore taxpayers.
Not that the NHS is hard to do. A record amount in real terms has been injected by the Tories.
DAILY MAIL COMMENTARY: Nurses, paramedics and ambulance drivers are out and about chasing unrealistic and outrageously high pay claims.
But as we reveal, medical bosses spent £144m last year on ambulances and private taxis for patients.
This comes across the countless millions of giants getting jobs that don’t ‘wake up’ – including those managing diversity and inclusion – and compensation.
Perhaps there would have been more money to raise wages if the NHS hadn’t been so wasteful.
Teachers need answers
It is clear how, after the row of transgender prisoners blew a hole in Nicola Sturgeon’s shameful gender reform logic, support for her and Scottish independence plummeted.
The public, unlike the SNP and Labor, is concerned that self-identification puts women and girls at risk from predatory males.
So this is the perfect time for the Government to reiterate that teachers are under no legal obligation to refer to children who say they are transgender with their ‘preferred’ pronoun, let them use it. Toilets and changing rooms are reserved for the opposite sex or keep parents in the dark.
No matter what the militia activists claim, this stance – taken by attorney general Suella Braverman last year – is not sublime. That is basic protection.
But Education Secretary Gillian Keegan, who says 16-year-olds are old enough to choose their gender, is delaying the publication of official guidelines.
This dithering is bad for teachers, bad for parents – and bad for students.
DAILY MAIL COMMENTARY: How it unravels after the row of transgender prisoners made a hole in the logic of Nicola Sturgeon’s shameful gender reforms
Regardless of convention
After the horrors of Nazi Germany during the Second World War, the European Convention on Human Rights was created with the highest of intentions.
But the world has changed and today, exploiting this outdated code is one of the reasons why it is so difficult to deport migrants who arrive here illegally.
So it’s heartening to hear that Rishi Sunak is ready to take Britain out of the charter if European judges continue to thwart his plans to drastically tighten the UK’s asylum laws.
With a record 65,000 people predicted to cross the English Channel illegally in small boats this year, he hopes draconian legislation can put an end to the scandal.
But the European courts have delayed the Rwanda plan – and activists will no doubt ask them to intervene again.
Massive voters want the PM to tackle the migration crisis If withdrawing from the conference is the only way, he could face a screaming human rights lobby and do it.
- Jeremy Hunt’s failure to reinstate duty-free shopping for overseas visitors is not only driving customers away from our shores – luxury brands are also redirecting investment from the UK to boutique stores. head abroad. The Prime Minister has set a target of raising £2 billion, but that figure will be dwarfed by revenue lost not only in shopping and other spending if tourists go elsewhere, but also by fewer jobs are created. Ministers want Britain to become a resort paradise. Instead, this tourist tax is pushing wealthy shoppers and retailers into the arms of Europe.