As a regular user of the NHS, my own experience of it is that is no more or less bureaucratic or inefficient than any of the international companies for which I have worked. It is a large organisation, and suffers the problems of all large organisations.
It is not perfect. All things being equal, waiting lists are longer than one would like. Having been on them often enough, this is something of which I have a great deal of experience.
Yet the NHS also excels. It can be very good at addressing immediate and urgent need. When a patient's body rejects the stent which has just been placed in her heart, the NHS is very good at getting a professor of cardiology out of his bed at four in the morning to come and fix the problem.
Seven years later, the patient in question is still doing well.
Perhaps the real reason for the bald blow-in's invective against the NHS is that it represents something that his cold-eyed, cold-hearted, vicious ideology of personal gain cannot suffer - a service which is owned by the people and which by and large benefits the people. To those such as Hannan, nothing can be left in public hands.
It's all so very 1986.