Rap rebuttal

If you haven’t seen it, the Lansley rap is most impressive for having got ‘Any willing provider’ into the lyrics. Clever, but it’s plain wrong.

Here’s my amateur response:

You pay your money
You take your choice
Not in the NHS
You don’t have a voice
“Get what you’re given”
Is the union’s shout
Keep the outcomes hidden
Or we’ll be found out

Mid Staffs nightmare
Staff who don’t care
Families left isolated
No choice there you’re left castrated
GP Shipman
Quieter than a hitman
We should have transparency
What does that GP offer me?

You pay your money
You take your choice
Not in the NHS
You don’t have a voice
“Get what you’re given”
Is the union’s shout
Keep the outcomes hidden
Or we’ll be found out

No Competition
My premonition
Still little information
No choice of operation
Our money, our say
Do I want it spent that way?
Tell me Doc what improvements you
Have put in place to help me choose?
You pay your money
You take your choice
Not in the NHS
You don’t have a voice
“Get what you’re given”
Is the union’s shout
Keep the outcomes hidden
Or we’ll be found out

Truth must be told
Why not be bold?
Business works hand-in-hand
Provides the kit, the meds, the scans
When we need a test
Shouldn’t we have the best?
What matters is the quality
No choice gives mediocrity

You pay your money
You take your choice
Not in the NHS
You don’t have a voice
“Get what you’re given”
Is the union’s shout
Keep the outcomes hidden
Or we’ll be found out

No more plasters
NHS Disasters
Let the business minds combine
With them the NHS can shine
Manage, Invest,
Drop pride, find best
Just remember that it’s paramount
The government must keep account.

About Julia Manning

Julia is a social pioneer, writer and campaigner. She studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991, later specialising in visual impairment and diabetes. During her career in optometry, she lectured at City University, was a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital and worked with Primary Care Trusts. She ran a domiciliary practice across south London and was a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. Julia formed 20/20Health in 2006. Becoming an expert in digital health solutions, she led on the NHS–USA Veterans’ Health Digital Health Exchange Programme and was co-founder of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Her research interests are now in harnessing digital to improve personal health, and she is a PhD candidate in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) at UCL. She is also dedicated to creating a sustainable Whole School Wellbeing Community model for schools that builds relationships, discovers assets and develops life skills. She is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Digital Health Council. Julia has shared 2020health's research widely in the media (BBC News, ITV, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions & Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 4 Today, PM and Woman's Hour, LBC) and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week.
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