The UK’s National Health Service (“the NHS”), with 1.3 million employees, has now become the world’s second largest employer after the army of the People’s Republic of China. How can anyone drive anything that large? The former UK Secretary of State for Health, Alan Milburn, tried doing it for 6 years and, within days of his resignation, was instead defending tobacco industry jobs in his own constituency. At least he wasn’t driven to drink; to us, as newcomers to the United Kingdom trying to make sense of this unwieldy bureaucracy while surviving the deep midwinter, a drink looks pretty good.
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