Public health: how does the UK compare with Europe? Interactive map

The Guardian 30th October 2013 &  report:

Public health: how does the UK compare with Europe? Interactive map

“Women and children in the UK would have longer and healthier lives if they lived in Cyprus, Italy or Spain, according to a major piece of work by Sir Michael Marmot who warns that Britain is facing “a public health timebomb”……..

Public Health as a speciality has been under the financial hammer since well before the financial crisis. The idea that populations deserve good healthcare ahead of individuals, and that more health gain is achieved by aiming at the latter rather than the former, has not been well supported as it is a tacit admission of the need for individual rationing. We do have flu jabs, childhood vaccination campaigns etc, and will soon have shingles vaccinations – in some regions. (post code rationing) Despite the rhetoric on NHS choices, there is currently insufficient supply. If I was over 60 I would consider buying this vaccination as it is only available for the over 70s at present….  (Ageist rationing)

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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