Hypocritical Politicians – and their lack of courage compared to the BMA

In the Telegraph Laura Donnelly on 23rd August 2013 reports the BMA position in defense of its decision to offer staff Private Medical Insurance.

BMA accused of hypocrisy after offering private insurance (PMI) to all staff

The British Medical association has been accused of hypocrisy after offering private medical insurance to all its staff, (Private Commissioning) despite opposing Government reforms to create a more competitive market in healthcare.

There will always be hypocrisy in Health Care until we have leaders with the vision to open the debate properly. Is it more important to make utilitarian decisions for the many than to make every decision perfect for the individual? And should the debate be open (rationing)? When it comes to staff, the BMA showed  it had the courage and integrity needed, and has every right to make this decision to offer PMI. What is more important is why they thought they needed to make the offer….It is now time for the health boards and PCTs to have the courage to reveal how many of their directors have PMI, so that their public can question why..

And hypocrisy is not confined to Hospitals, Trade Unions or National Politicians.

Kirsty Buchannon and Matthew Davies report in The Express on August 4th 2013:

Civic ‘hypocrisy’ on public health

TOWN halls with a duty to improve public health are ploughing hundreds of millions of pounds into international companies selling alcohol and cigarettes.

The Mail Nick Craven reports 26th October 2013, following a number of charities accusing Mr Hunt of Hypocrisy over care of the elderly. He may be justified on utilitarian principles but we have not heard the debate…, and he has not had the courage to open it..

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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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