The media and various politicians are increasingly animated by the annual ‘winter crisis’ in the NHS and the strain felt by public services, particularly social care of the elderly and the shortage of midwives in maternity wards around the country.
Some (from the Labour party) blame lack of funding and privatisation for the problems, while others (from the Tory party) claim more money is being spent on the NHS and public services than ever before mainly thanks to the UK’s ageing population.
None of them (apart from the former UKIP leader Nigel Farage) dares to mention immigration and the rising population in the UK caused by EU open borders.
This strange blind spot concerning immigration among almost all of ‘our’ politicians has been noticed by a correspondent to the left-liberal Observer newspaper in a letter published on Sunday the 7th of January under the heading: ‘Healthcare is too important to be left to the politicians’.
Douglas J Wathen, from Worcestershire, wrote: “Politicians are so lacking in integrity that they will just not admit that mass immigration and the population explosion is to blame for the breakdown in our public services. They find it easier to blame “an ageing population”, which we have always had. The fact is with a population explosion there are of course contained in that population more elderly people as there are also more babies. Politicians don’t seem to have the intelligence to work this out. They are smearing elderly people to cover for their immigration and other mistakes. Blair, for example, should have increased public services facilities to meet the additional demand from millions of additional people.”
At the beginning of 2018, the UK population is now well over 66 million and increasing by nearly 400,000 a year, mainly thanks to immigration.
By 2030, it expected to reach over 70 million and England is already one of the most densely populated areas of the world.
What kind of NHS and public services will we need to cope with a population that size?