With medicines due to arrive on as-yet-nonexistent ferries what could possibly go wrong?
We are where we are. The government may have no very obvious idea of how to deal with the immediate crisis of Brexit – Theresa May is so vague that her MPs are unable to agree on what she has said moments after she has stopped talking – but that hasn’t stopped Matt Hancock, the cabinet’s most enthusiastic Man-Boy, from publishing his own 10-year plan for the NHS. On Tigger’s watch, no one is going to get cancer, no one is going to become obese and everyone is going to live forever.
Understandably, perhaps, the health select committee had not been totally convinced by these promises and had called on Hancock, along with Simon Stevens, the chief executive of the NHS, and Ian Dalton, chief executive of NHS Improvement, to justify this optimism. Given there were so many unknowns, that there were no fixed budgets and no guarantees of meeting workforce targets, observed the committee chair, Sarah Wollaston, how could they be so confident of meeting their targets.
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