Writing about the NHS is a tricky one. There is so much to say about the finances, organisation and restructuring of the health service that it's difficult to find a tangible narrative to hold onto. Something to thread it together. I know I disagree with the way the NHS is being handled by the government, but the reasons feel ephemeral and difficult to pin down sometimes. I feel like Calvin in this Calvin & Hobbes cartoon. Decoding reports and policies to find out what they're actually suggesting can be a full time job.
Which is why I've been wanting to do a comic about Lewisham A&E for some time. This is an absurd recommendation from Kershaw. Every panelist on Question Time (when the show was hosted in New Cross last week) agreed is was absurd - which must be a first - and it's hard to figure out exactly why anyone thought it wasn't. Beyond being a local issue for me as a South East Londoner, it also serves to highlight how under pressure the NHS is right now.
(And it's a simple enough narrative for a half page comic. Just. It took a lot of work wrestling with the amount of information I had to communicate with this one. Think it just about works.)