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No, this isn’t about ID cards. Instead it’s about the insane certification and licensure of modern life.

We have, as many will have noted, something of a problem these days. A pandemic is cut a howling swathe through the economy. We need to do several things in order to stop this eating of the nation’s wealth. Invent and test a vaccine, check. Then, of course, we need to get it into peoples’ arms. OK. Given the policies recently followed about excessive pensions savings we also have, fortunately, a large number of still capable of being active but not actually so doctors out there.

You know, old enough to be on their pension but young enough not to be too, too, handshakey to actually prick the needle into the wrong person. Cool, happenstance seems to have led to something of a solution then.

Ah, but:

Retired medics have been prevented from returning to the NHS front line to help battle the coronavirus pandemic by bureaucracy including a requirement to provide 21 pieces of evidence, The Telegraph can reveal.

Claire Barker, a retired GP, said it was “impossible” for her to apply because she did not have the required proof, which includes evidence of Prevent Radicalisation training.

It comes as the NHS boss overseeing recruitment revealed that only one in eight retired medics who had applied to return to the front line have been able to work.

This should, really, be pretty simple.

“Are you on this ‘ere list of people authorised by the General Medical Council?”

“No, you’ve retired? We’re you on that list ‘ere of people authorised by the General Medical Council?”

“Yer was? Here’s your apron and good luck!”

Except it isn’t that simple, is it?

It is understood that the standards for vaccinators are set by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

The requirement to have passed a course in making sure people don’t join Al Quaeda is a very important part of being able to jab someone, of course it is.

This all being just a minor part of the insanity that overtakes modern life. Some bloke somewhere decides that there should be country by country reporting of the accounts. Some biddy somewhere decides there should be a modern slavery statement. Then there’s the gender pay gap report. And the median pay to CEO pay gap report. And the racism at work report. And the …..well, you get the idea. We end up with no one able to actually do anything because they’re spending all their time writing reports about what they’re not doing.

As with Pfizer turning down government money because it would only delay making the vaccine in the first place.

We only get to see these costs when we are, as now, in a certain state of getitdonerightnowyoufool but those costs are always there, always making us poorer. Barnacles on the ship of state – and as with barnacles the solution is a regular scraping of them all off and starting again.



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