Shouldn't everyone have the same choice?
So one in three NHS doctors would prefer to be treated privately, and 22% already have private medical insurance. As always, a vote with the wallet is the most telling vote there is.
BUPA described the poll finding as "encouraging", although we're still waiting to hear from the Commissar.
Some say it's hypocritical to work for the NHS and vote with your wallet against it. But I'm with the Docs. As very well informed- and now much higher income- consumers, they're making the rational choice for themselves and their families.
Of course, as with Ruth Kelly and Diane Abbott, there is one teensy caveat.
Although they can quite reasonably go on earning a crust in the NHS, they do owe it to us to get out there and start arguing for the same choice to be extended to those who are not so well placed financially.
Because it's all very well for us plutocrats and NHS GPs to pay BUPA subs on top of our taxes, but most people simply cannot afford to do that. For the vast majority, the NHS blocks the path to improvement.