Shouting back and forth definitely isn’t working.
So why don’t we try something else. Kindness maybe? /1
- health tourism is about 0.1% of the NHS budget, we spend more on stationary
- the infrastructure to have “pay points” in all hospitals would likely cost more than that anyway /3
This narrative is driven by feelings and bereft of facts, essentially a broth of headlines from newspapers and social media.
She feels under attack.
That’s fair enough- public services have been “attacked” by, austerity. Not people. /4
- the old age dependency ratio is rising (due to a baby boom in 50s and drop in fertility in 70s)
- migrants are younger and more educated than the native population /7
Like “Immigrant family on benefits has a million pound house”. /8
Maybe we should think of this as a public health issue as well? /9
And yet that is what is the prevailing narrative, which never follows it through to its logical end. /10
This is where we have had abject failure in the last decade or so.
How many would quit? How many would smoke more?
This is a public health issue and needs to be treated like that.
Thank You for coming to my TED talk. /end