Yeah. Let’s Stop Them Gobbling Our Taxes
The NHS Jobsworths have produced yet another set of scare scatistics, this time on “child obesity”.
NHS figures for the past year show 19% of children in their final year of primary school were classed as obese, compared with 18.7% the previous year.
But obesity fell to 9.4% in children going into reception, down from 9.8% the previous year.
Apart from producing a great source of copy for the media, what is the use of these statistics?
They are produced by The National Child Measurement Programme (copyright: Tony Blair 1995). This measures all schoolkids when they start primary school and again as they get to the end of primary school.
The purpose, according to their website, is:
The information collected helps your local NHS provider to plan and provide better health services for the children in your area.
In other words, they serve no purpose – unless “health services” includes putting pressure on parents to turn their kids into anorexics.
We all know that cakes and chips are bad for our kids, don’t we? And we all know that feeding our kids healthy food is a good idea. The statistics prove that … wait for it … people feed their kids cake and chips anyway.
Obviously no figures are published for the cost of all this, as NHS finances are completely opaque to the public. But the cost of this measurement programme must be quite high. The survey is after all measuring a million pupils every year. The survey – even without the pseudo “actions” that are taken as a result of it – must run into many millions of pounds of our taxes.
One can only hope that not too many children (and their parents) are made miserable by being branded “obese” when a fifth of kids are heavier than they are.
But mostly, really, the jobsworths who waste their lives running this programme just need to be told to p*** off. We don’t need their useless information, and we don’t want our taxes wasted on their salaries.
They are a great example of why the NHS is crumbling.
In case you are indeed one of those jobsworths yourself reading this, and ask whether I am embittered by myself being a victim of this 1984-style programme, the answer is that no, I have not fallen foul of it myself.