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.

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About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social pioneer, writer, campaigner and commentator. Formerly a clinical optometrist specialising in diabetes and visual impairment, she is the founder and Director of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal and Social. 2020health has through research, events and campaigning influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. In 2014, 2020health were founding partners of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Since 2016, 2020health has increasingly focused on digital health and public health in the community. Julia is a Fellow of the RSA and now also a part-time PhD student at the UCL Interaction Centre, studying the use of digital technology for stress management in the workplace. 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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