Custodes has never heard The Who live, mind you I don’t think many of The Who can hear The Who live these days. However, thanks to the producer of the CSI franchise having an obsession with their music, loads of people are vaguely familiar with their oeuvre.
I was reminded of their music this week when I decided to open the bonnet and peep under the hood of Herr Cut of the SS who will shortly be taking the frayed pieces of string that pass for reins in the NHS from Old Nick.
Now please note that I’m not referring to Simon Stephens who, according to Wikipedia, is a successful northern playwright (although I’ve never heard of him). I’m talking about somebody different.
Searching Wikipedia reveals an interesting past, advisor to Number 10, Head of a big American HMO, not bad for a Comp educated brummie and former labour councillor.
Now, before you start to cheer at the prospect of change, think about this:
This bloke advised the previous administration on how to set up foundation trusts, authored the NHS Plan 2000 (yes just like Death race 2000) and has spent 10 years at the helm of an organisation which prides itself on value based contracting. Do you think things will be changing?
The line that started to rattle in my brain was ‘meet the new boss, same as the old boss’.
Of course The Who fans will name that tune as Won’t Get Fooled Again.
Let’s hope as a profession we’re prepared to live up to the lyrics or the NHS will be gone by the end of My Generation.