As we all witness the spiral of chaos grow larger and larger in the health service, why is it that the Government does not realise that, although throwing cash at the problem is not the total solution, some more cash would help alleviate some of the causes?
The next question of course comes – where will it come from?
The obvious source would be the Foreign Aid budget, which last year spent £12.2billion.
Much of which went into the pockets of corrupt and despotic governments.
This is not just my point of view but that of an auditor’s report.
A level suggested of only 0.03% of the aid recorded as fraudulent by the department, even though it sends money to many of the world’s most corrupt countries.
The implausibility of such low levels of fraud is spelled out by the National Audit Office in a report on waste in the aid budget.
Even in this country HMRC admits that three per cent of its budget is lost through fraud, and the Department for Work and Pensions puts its fraud losses at 0.7%.
So, do the numbers, and we are talking about hundreds of millions per year.
So why not remove this corruption and stop aid, apart from disaster relief, and use the money for the social and medical needs of the UK population?
It will not solve all the NHS problems or our social care issues, but it will go a long way to helping.
Chris Gallacher, TD VR,