Monday, 2 January 2012

Market Miasma

Re-enter the Barbour surgeon,
Well-heeled barbarian,
F.R.C.Trustleeches;
Uncommonwealthy,
Prescriber of cures for cohesion,
Clystering hope,
Swaddling conscience with cunning,
Humouring markets,
Indulging bled patients with the choice
Of being
Those who pay or
Those who pray.

© Gwen Seabourne

Plan to let NHS trusts raise half of income from private healthcare
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Gwen Seabourne is an academic specialising in medieval legal history, who has also published poems and stories in magazines and books, and on the radio, and has read at events including the Bristol International Poetry Festival.