There's something ironic - and not a little British - about celebrating an organisation like the NHS in the Olympic opening ceremony. The health service's performance, when measured against other health systems from western liberal democracies, is just so incredibly mediocre. That of course is the point Danny Boyle should have been making. The Olympics after all are about excellence - faster, higher, stronger - whilst the NHS has always been about mediocrity. But then, when a public service is run in the interests of powerful producer interests rather than patients, we shouldn't be surprised..