Innumerable aspects of England’s new secretary of state for health and social care, Thérèse Coffey, could instil anything from disquiet to dread in an NHS doctor. I recoil at Coffey’s record on same sex marriage, for example: she voted against it in 2013 and 2019.1 Then there’s her record on welfare and poverty: she voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits some 52 times from 2012 to 2021, not to mention consistently voting against increasing benefits for people unable to work because of illness or disability.2 It’s a record likely to provoke deep unease in anyone committed to dealing with harmful consequences of socioeconomic gradients in health.
I so agree for gender, looks, weight and size should never be a consideration, for it would never be done to a male and even if it was, it would be so wrong.
Competence and judgement should be how she is judged and on these aspects I am greatly worried for health and social care, which are so important to all of us, especially social care. For, while all of us might not need or come into contact with it, unlike health, the degree of association between them shows how important they are to each other, with, perhaps healthy needing social care more than social care needs health. for the lack of social care causes many problems to health being
- a greater need for health resources where social care is lacking
2. causing greater useage of health resources, thereby an insufficiency of resources being available in health
3. this then cauing problems for other relaled health resources such as ambulances not being able to transfer people from ambulances inti A&E
4. this then causing a shortage of ambulances to attebd to others requesting ambulances through ringing 999
All this because no Government is bothered to fund, sufficiently social care to anywhere to what is required.
In this aspect i certainly fear Coffey will not have the ability, the will and foresight to do so, thereby social care will further cease to exist and the eventuality that health, especially the NHS will desend to abject failure.