Former lifelong Tory Gloria Guy from Fulham, London wrote this email to Greg Hands, Tory MP for Chelsea & Fulham, on February 24th 2017 (copying it to me and fellow members of our local Chelsea & Fulham 38 Degrees Group):

‘Hello Greg, John and everyone else,

My thoughts are straying in the following direction:

I understand that Britain is about 6th in global economy and likely to be 4th by 2030.   We are still a very rich country and we can still afford to send out millions of pounds abroad in aid.   Why then are we being forced to reduce our NHS and why is this government allowing (or rather encouraging, NAY FORCING) our NHS to become poverty stricken when we obviously have sufficient money in the kitty to keep it going?????

It is known from experience that councils and other organisations frequently deliberately under use buildings and/or services in order to say that there’s not sufficient grounds for keeping them on.  Then they subsequently become lost to us.  This is exactly the unpleasant and nasty way that this government is working – underfund the NHS, force cuts in beds, staff, buildings order to build a case for privatising it.

It’s not on, Greg.   Please tell us, in words of one syllable, not political jargon, why you can’t or won’t re-organise the upper management tiers within the NHS.   These people are raking in extremely large salaries and are non productive.   They don’t treat patients, don’t have to care for patients, don’t clean up the mess in hospitals – what do they do other than leech money out of the NHS and into the bargain cut the real staff, the people who do all the real work within the NHS?

There is very little point in throwing money at the NHS for the tiers of non-productive staff to ensure that it doesn’t reach the staff who treat the end-user, the patients who need it.   Reduce the top tiers and increase the bottom tiers of staff and beds.

Please don’t treat the people of this country as though we are all idiots who can’t see what’s happening.   You know we have right on our side, and yet you’re not doing right by us.  Remove the exorbitant salary earners and spend that money where it’s really needed – at the bottom of the scale for the resurrection of beds and hospitals, not their demise.

Please tell us why you aren’t running it properly.   You have the power to do it, why aren’t you doing it?

No platitudes please, give us even just ONE good reason.   I doubt that you can, but I look forward to receiving your reply anyway.

Thank you.

Gloria Guy’

Gloria can be seen in a clip from my documentary series ‘Groundswell – Whose NHS? A Grassroots Journey’ speaking at an NHS Reinstatement Bill demonstration outside Parliament: