The NHS faces real issues; but not from the phantoms of privatisation and TTIP
The NHS is no stranger to fights. It is only through the iron will and adept hands of Aneurin Bevan, who fought the British Medical Association in 1948, that the the NHS survived its traumatic birth at all. Just two years after, The Lancet, a medical journal, published a damning review about the state of general practice in England. The NHS was lambasted as extravagant and unaffordable by the Minister of Health in 1956. It was condemned for low GP morale in 1966. A scant nine years later, pay and conditions would spark doctor strikes under the watch of then Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Damning reports of health inequalities plagued the 1977 NHS. Nursing protests in 1984 grew into full blown strikes in 1988; ones that saw the Iron lady crumple. A year later, Mrs Thatcher would give in again to pressure from ambulance unions.
The first junior doctors strikes in over 40 years are part of a long string of battle scars the NHS has from its various fights with politicians. Perhaps this serves as testament to survival being the great success. However some argue that that survival is at stake.