Rich don’t care about the many

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, - I re­cently no­ticed a cou­ple of let­ters side by side in The Courier, one crit­i­cal of the NHS, one of our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

Th­ese are sub­jects which, un­sur­pris­ingly, ap­pear on th­ese cor­re­spon­dence pages very reg­u­larly.

Clearly there are prob­lems in both of th­ese ser­vices, the rea­sons for which are many – and dif­fi­cult to re­solve.

But one rea­son which doesn’t come up of­ten is that the rich and pow­er­ful in our coun­try don’t re­ally care and don’t have a per­sonal in­vest­ment be­cause they don’t use th­ese ser­vices.

They have a par­al­lel sys­tem of pri­vate health­care, and pri­vate schools, which in­su­lates them from the ef­fects of un­der­fund­ing or staff short­ages and en­sures that they don’t have to suf­fer long wait­ing lists in the NHS, or lack of re­sources in their ed­u­ca­tion.

If young Prince Ge­orge had to at­tend his lo­cal state pri­mary school, and com­pre­hen­sive there­after, and Prince Philip his lo­cal GP prac­tice, or NHS hospi­tal, I sus­pect that there might be more at­ten­tion paid to the rea­sons for poor stan­dards, and more ef­fort to im­prove mat­ters. Les Mackay. 5 Carmichael Gar­dens, Dundee.

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