I keep hearing that the point of the current UK lockdowns is to “protect the National Health Service.” The worry seems to be that hospitals will be flooded with Covid patients, and unable to cope.
I can’t help but think that this puts the cart before the horse, and that we should be primarily trying to save lives, not save the NHS.
The same thinking during the WW2 Blitz would have had people saying that instead of sending Spitfires up to shoot down Luftwaffe bombers, we should “save the RAF” by keeping its planes grounded. Or that instead of sending the Navy out to hunt U-boats. we should “save the Royal Navy” by keeping its ships in port. What’s the point of having a navy and an air force, except to fight enemies? Yes, some ships will be sunk and sailors lives lost, but that’s just the price for saving citizens’ lives.
It’s the same with the NHS. Of course hospitals will fill up with patients during a pandemic. That’s just the price for saving citizens’ lives..
But now it seems the NHS is more important than the patients it treats.
In fact it seems that saving the NHS is also more important than preserving freedom, keeping the economy going, and maintaining employment. We look set for a bankrupt country in which the NHS alone continues to prosper, its hospitals empty.
We’re no longer trying to protect health, but instead trying to protect a health service.
Perhaps this just reflects the fact that a lot of highly vocal people work in the health service, and are more concerned with keeping their jobs than with anything else.
Applied to coal mining, the same logic would insist that we stop burning coal in order to protect the coal mining industry.
Or stop driving cars in order to protect the roads.
Perhaps that’s the real goal of the lockdown?
Somebody else who thinks the same as I do.