For those of you that don't live in the South-East, the Queen's Hospital in Romford is frequently held up as flagship hospital by those that seek to show just how great the NHS has become under the Labour government.
True enough, it's quite an impressive building and I'm sure the architects and building firm made a pretty penny during the build. But this building, more than most, is proof positive that Labour's approach to the NHS is all style over substance.
Walking into Queen's Hospital is almost like walking into a top European hotel. To your left is a coffee bar, and to your right is a large restaurant and a small newsagents. The lobby features a grand piano (?) and numerous works of art, and you are led into a large central area with a very swish escalator leading to the wards, whilst a large (but understaffed) reception area remains completely underused - I would have thought a few more beds wouldn't go amiss.
But as the story above shows, once again we are witness to Labour's smoke and mirrors. A beautifully built hospital that had no midwives. A mother left to give birth in a well-polished toilet. An NHS that has patently become a case of style over substance.
When people criticise Daniel Hannan's criticism of the NHS, make sure you point them to this story and ask them if this is what they love so much!