Four stories today all show different aspects of failure to face reality – by our Politicians.
1. Sky news reports NHS Drug Plea For Child With Blood Disorder. At £250,000 a year its obvious why we don’t fund – or is it? The condition is very rare and the next patient suffering might occur years away. So how much do we spend on paracetamol nationally annually from the NHS? The strength of the evidence for benefit of this drug is irrelevant: it may or may not work. It is the principal that matters – does the NHS cover high cost treatments that its members could not otherwise afford, in preference to low cost services that they could afford? Denial of which brings back more fear?
2. BBC news reports that the Wye Valley NHS Trust exploring five future options. Another case of why we must change because of the budget – rationing by another name.
3. The Telegraph reports Doctors want homeopathy on the NHS to end – you might say about time too – placebos only work (and they work very well) if patients believe in them but they are VERY cheap and if the patient chooses them instead of conventional therapy rather than as an adjunct…. Why bother to attack something which costs so little and has such a long history of dysfunctional thinking behind it? In tactical terms this is a side battle – and would take away a cheap idiosyncratic treatment option? I appreciate the argument for excluding homeopathy is scientifically stronger than that for paracetamol – but if everyone payed a prescription charge, even in Wales, the number of those foolish enought to pay would show how much support there was for Homeopathy. After all, if choice is paramount should we not retain it, even if illogical?
4. The Guardian – Doctors say Health act means the death of the NHS as we know it – Yes this new act and re-organisation is certainly going to fail without a change in the “rules of the game” – one of which is that Health Board members cannot speak out to say what they really think, especially on finishing their spell on the board. (Exit interview)
Have a great Easter. Get new followers and spread this site around please. It may chronicle the end of the NHS – something I and almost all readers would hate to see happen.