March 14th, 2014

A Bottle a Day at the BMA Keeps the Health Secretary Away

Doctors’ trade union the BMA has been getting very upset about “cuts” to the NHS recently, moaning to the government that funding changes could force GP practices to close. One thing in particular they don’t want to cut is their very own in-house wine list, which offers posh plonk such as a £52 Pol Roger advertised as “Winston Churchill’s favourite champagne”.



  1. 1
    A very peculiar practice says:

    Don’t bottle NHS cuts.

  2. 2
    BMA don't do joined up thinking says:

    The ban smoking drinking and eating fat brigade moan because there are too many old bastards clogging up the wards.

  3. 3

    Scum, all of them, absolute fucking scum.

  4. 4
    Nick Leg says:

    yet to hear the Eurosceptic Tony Benn and Bob Crow (deceased) referred to as swivel eyed loon little Englanders.

  5. 5
    Not the Same as it ever was says:

    Drink ok then..?

  6. 6
    Andy Burnham says:

    I recommend only the finest crystal flower vases for the consumption of Pol Roger. Don’t let it breath either.

  7. 7
    Plus VAT says:

    But, the BMA are selling them, so any subsidy is from them?

  8. 8
    The Public says:

    We should call the BMA’s bluff and cut doctor’s pay by 10% across the board. They’re hardly going to go elsewhere.

    Patricia Hewitt looted the NHS to give them juicy wages at our expense.

  9. 9
    Ed Miliband says:

    They do not have to worry about the cost of living crisis anymore.

    Oh wait..

  10. 10
    Latest advice from the BMA says:

    Quit smoking cock and cut down the amount of man fat you ingest up the bum.

  11. 11
    Diane Abbot says:

    Do they have anything that goes with a late evening breakfast?

  12. 12
    Behave_My_Arachnids says:

    The organisation is a legal cartel i.e. it serves the interests of nobody, not even doctors on the bottom rung.

  13. 13
    Gay Dave says:

    Sémén is high in Potassium.

    Ea bananas or swallow more

  14. 14
    Round the Bend says:

    When your earning well over £100k a year, being a champagne socialist is not a problem.

  15. 15
    Who's subsidising Who? says:

    Erm..the £52 doesn’t include VAT, and it can be bought for £10 cheaper, anyway:

  16. 16
    jgm2 says:

    Scrap inheritance tax. It’s a cost of dying crisis.

  17. 17
    jgm2 says:

    It’s the right thing to do.

  18. 18
    jgm2 says:

    Naaah. That was the great negotiator himself, the Maximum Imbecile.

    The BMA put in a comedy 40% request fully expecting to get bartered or negotiated down to (say) 10%. The Imbecile just said ‘OK’.

    So, overnight, doctors figured they could get the same money for three days work as for five days work and so they all went to a three day week with the result that suddenly we didn’t have enough doctors. So they had to be bought in at massive agency rates from all over the world.

    And they wonder why we had 180bn quid deficit in 2008/9.

  19. 19
    Latest advice from the BMA says:

    A whine from Nurse Pilgrim.she’s been bottling it up for a while.

  20. 20
    Dot Cottons fag says:

  21. 21
    jgm2 says:

    It’s like the mafia. You’re not considered a full member until you’ve killed somebody. Then they’ll move mountains to protect you.

  22. 22
    Just to be clear says:

    All these Tony Benn obituaries on DT blogs etc are to do with the greatness of the man and not sunny Friday syndrome.

  23. 23
    Nuremberg Juror says:

    Has an excellent bouquet.

  24. 24
    Sunny Friday ?? says:

    It’s bleak in Blackburn

  25. 25
    Eat plenty of fresh air and die early says:

    A BMA whine list.
    Fuck me where do you begin?

  26. 26
    Dirty Rat says:

    I tell the missus it’s good for her complexion.

  27. 27
    Anonymous says:

    Just nationalise the Private Practitioners!

  28. 28
    Your postman says:

    That’s what I tell her too.

  29. 29
    The Question says:

    In the snatch, or down the hatch?

  30. 30
    M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

    Yes, at the zero hour one should drink Pol Pot Champagne.

  31. 31
  32. 32
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    As Churchill might have put it:

    We shall fight them in the pubs and in the wine cellars, we shall never be sober :-)

  33. 33
    RomaBob.... working hard for you! says:

    Why do nurses appear morbidly obese these days ?

  34. 34
    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    Did n’t John Reid raise GPs pay to £100k, because MPs were comparing there work to GPs and wanting similarl pay. Once the GPs got their raise fromm £66k Reid realised he’d over cooked it and suggested they give up £10k and they could stop doing weekends and nights.
    Since then (2004) A&E has been overun and to finish the destruction Brown unleashed £250 billion PFI on hospitals. Mid Staffs is the result hence Burnham covered it up. How many Labour MPs have private health cover?

  35. 35
    Tony Blair is a war criminal says:

    The BBC have been in total knicker wetting mode over lefty Benn. A man who pissed away hundreds of millions on Concorde, a plane for the champagne lefty elite.

  36. 36
    @ranter says:

    We’re skint unless we want to appease tory scum, or throw money at Ukraine, bomb Syria, Libya, Iran.
    Funny how they find all this spare cash when it’s not for the British public, There is only one word for Osborne, starts with a C and ends with a T

  37. 37

    Any body who can afford it, and has no private health cover is a dam fool !

  38. 38
    The platform 4 nursing station says:

    cos we all got diggrees innit, so we can now sit on our arses all day (and night) ordering the foreign skivvies about. Nice work if you can get it. Wanna job madam? Just call if you need help opening that safety pin.

  39. 39
    The platform 4 nursing station says:

    Didn’t know they grew champagne in Korea. I nearly went there once as my bossy boots supervisor told me I needed a Korea change.

  40. 40
    Pawk sc says:

    That prick who sentenced McShane to a fortnight in a holiday camp was reported as being jober as a sudge all weekend before he made his pronouncements.

  41. 41
    Pawk scrachins says:

    Regrettably the advances made to bring that project successfully to fruition were never followed up.

  42. 42
    Cvnt dahn says:

    I know, I know!! C onsonen T

  43. 43
    Patient x says:

    Yeah doctors, helping people and saving lives total bastards aren’t they?

    Ever met one? They are rather nice and rather bright I’ll take their views seriously thanks.

    As for the wine, they sell it and at a more expensive cost than on the high street. No subsidies there.

  44. 44
    Anonymous says:

    I agree with this man that the English have become very cowardly and fear being called ‘racist’ or ‘haters’ if they state the blindingly obvious – but even he keeps to safe and ‘approved’ targets.

  45. 45

    Especially in bulk!!

  46. 46
    jgm2 says:

    The definition of an alc*oho*lic is somebody who dr*i*nks more then their doctor.

  47. 47
    Tony Blair is a war criminal says:

    Yes the same Labour party killed the TSR-2, something that would have been useful and other countries might have bought.

    But rich lefty socialists couldn’t have used it to fly to their tax havens.

  48. 48
    Sick of the greed and lies(still) says:

    I suggest changing their pay system to one that only pays for the time they actually see patients plus a percentage for the practice outgoings.
    We wouldn’t have an A & E issue if people could actually see a GP when they felt ill rather than in 3 weeks time.

  49. 49
    thostids says:

    It’s a nice plan but much too clever for our Politico-Mandarinate. The reason that the GPs yet again had their mouths stuffed with silver, as in 1947, was that they had to accept and implement the devolution plan for commissioning to them. They had to have “a major financial interest” in making it work. The other financial catastrophes such as PFI and the consequence of the grotesque expansion of Middle-managers by Mad Gordie were unrelated but equally destructive to the NHS as a viable provider of free at point of supply medical treatment rather than the largest employer of last resort in Europe, excluding the Russian Army.

  50. 50
    thostids says:

    The only time The Viscount Stansgate and Quinton McGarel The Baron Hailsham ever saw eye to eye was getting parliament to change the Rules so that they could renounce, temporarily, their hereditary Peerages and sit in the Commons, resuming their Titles in due course. Presumably, speccy 4-eyes Benn in Leeds doesn’t want the old-mans title just at the moment either.

  51. 51
    thostids says:

    That’s OK then. He says that it doesn’t count until he drinks more than his solicitor.

  52. 52

    Got to look after Number One. Patients? They need patience!

  53. 53
    With a slight hint of arseholes says:

    Someone is fleecing them royally looking at the price of that vinegar

  54. 54
    Mark says:

    Isn’t this a wine list for when they hire their building out for events?

  55. 55
    Infanta of Castile says:

    As the BMA ihas no state subsidy, and if the members bought this wine they would be paying for it with their own money ,how is this any kind of story? Guido of course probably subsists entirely on chateau de robinet.

  56. 56
    Derrick T Tuggle III says:

    Moron, medics are leaving the UK in their droves to work abroad and older ones are retiring early rather than jump through nonsense revalidation hoops.

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