Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Building Socialism: One Burned-Out, Greedy-Ass Doctor At A Time

Citing a crushing workload, the 21 London emergency room doctors notified the province and London Health Sciences Centre on Friday they will withdraw their services from University Hospital on Dec. 8.
The distance indicated in the above title has been covered in less than a single half-century. This is an enormous distance. Although all our health care system is still weak, and each hospital reveals a host of defects in arrangement, organisation and discipline, the main thing has been done. A heavy and ponderous mass has been shifted, and that is the essence of the matter.

We are not deceiving ourselves in the least about the little that has yet been done and about the infinite amount of work that has yet to be done; however, only malicious enemies of the working people, only malicious supporters of the bourgeoisie, can treat the doctors' complaints seriously; only the most contemptible people, who have irrevocably sold themselves to the capitalists, can condemn the utilisation of the vulnerabilities of Canadian health care professionals for a mass-scale attempt to introduce communist labour.

This is the very first time since the overthrow of the American-style health care nightmare from which Tommy Douglas shook us awake, the landowners and tho capitalists that the ground is being cleared for the actual building of socialism, for the development of new social links, a new discipline of work in common and a new national (and later an international) system of economy of world-historic importance. This is a matter of transforming the very habits of the people, habits which, for a long time to come, have been defiled and debased by the accursed private ownership of the means of acquiring and providing health care, and also by the entire atmosphere of bickering, distrust, enmity, disunity and mutual intrigue that is inevitably generated—and constantly regenerated—by petty individual economy, the economy of private owners in conditions of “free” exchange among them. For hundreds of years, freedom of trade and of exchange has been to millions of people the supreme gospel of economic wisdom, the most deep-rooted habit of hundreds and hundreds of millions of people. This freedom is just as utterly false, serving to mask capitalist deception, coercion and exploitation, as are the other “freedoms” proclaimed and implemented by the bourgeoisie, such as the “freedom to work” (actually the freedom to starve), and so on.

In the main we have broken irrevocably with this “freedom” of the property-owner to be a property-owner, with this “freedom” of capital to exploit the sick, and we shall finish the job. We are combating its remnants ruthlessly, with all our might.

Down with the old social links, the old economic relationships, the old “freedom” of health care (subordinated to capital), the old laws, the old habits!

Let us build a new society!

We were not daunted by defeats during the great revolutionary war against American-style two-tierist revisionism, against the bourgeoisie, against the omnipotent imperialist world powers.

We shall not be daunted by the gigantic difficulties and by the errors that are inevitable at the outset of a most difficult task; the transformation of all personal medical habits and customs requires decades. We solemnly and firmly promise one another that we shall make every sacrifice, that we shall hold out and win in this most arduous struggle—the struggle against the force of habit—that we shall work indefatigably for years and decades. We shall work to do away with the accursed maxim: “Every man for himself and the devil take the hindmost”, the habit of looking upon good health merely as a duty to oneself, and of considering rightful only that health care which is paid for at certain rates. We shall work to inculcate in people's minds, turn into a habit, and bring into the day-by-day life of the masses, the rule: “All for each and each for all”; the rule: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs”; we shall work for the gradual but steady introduction of communist discipline and communist labour.

We have shifted a huge mountain, a huge mass of conservatism, ignorance, stubborn adherence to the habits of “freedom of trade” and of the “free” buying and selling of medical care like any other commodity. We have begun to undermine and destroy the most deep-rooted prejudices, the firmest, age-long and ingrained habits. In less than a half-century our hospitals have made an immense stride forward. They are still infinitely weak, but that will not daunt us. We have seen our “infinitely weak” Liberal state, before our very eyes, gaining strength and becoming a mighty world force, as a result of our own efforts. We shall yet work for years and decades inculcating a properly subservient, modest attitude among the people's health care providers, developing them, improving them and converting their selfless obedience into a habit. We shall achieve the victory of communist labour.


MapMaster said...

Ontario doctors are hailing the opening of Canada's newest medical school as a key step in addressing the shortage of physicians in the province.

[…]Although students from other provinces can apply to the school, preference will be given to northern Ontarians and 11 per cent of students will be aboriginals, reflecting their proportion of the population.

We have long recognized the important communist precedent of politically motivated displacement of economic resources to the hinterlands; the elimination of "free" market economic efficiency brainwashing will be further advanced by the modern techniques of ethnic and geographic bases of promotion instead of the antiquated concepts of "merit" or "ability."

MapMaster said...

Above quotes from New medical school hailed as key to curing MD shortage in the London Free Press. I apologize to our Free Press comrades for the omission.

Lisa said...

It's not just the doctors who are to blame - what about the patients demanding extra rations!

Pietr said...

Werl, of course, bein' a 'ardened social 'ealth veteran from England, oi was a forty doctor a day man for ten years, until one day a surgeon gave me a little advice.
Now I am a one surgeon a day man, and breathin' easier because of it.