It was a bit weird to start my annual diet on Monday, and then have the Prime Minister come out today and tell people to lose weight. Yo Blair, glad I got there first.
Personally, I think he has a point, and I think we expect waaaay too much from an NHS that wasnt intended to provide the type and level of care it has evolved into providing. The NHS was designed to help people remain healthy, and provide care when that failed. We lost the Health Promotion message a long time ago, and need to start looking for it all over again. I doubt that this statement will galvanise a nation into eating apples and starting the South Beach Diet, so it comes back again to people taking personal responsibility for some of their personal health and care issues, where they can, and relieving the burden on the NHS.