Examining the NHS – Listen to Radio 4 – without mentioning rationing

Examining the NHS

A selection of recent Radio 4 programmes investigating the state of the health service.

The great and the good were interviewed in a series of programs last year, and they failed to address the core issue of rationing.

In GP Magasine 31st January Stephen Robinson warns: “Exclusive: GPs warn of rise in rationing

“Seven out of 10 GPs believe rationing of care has increased since the government’s NHS reforms came into force in England, as doctors warned the situation is now ‘intolerable and dangerous’…..”

Most GPs do not believe the current situation is sustainable and something has to give. What I believe is a separate posting on NHSreality.

Evidence of undercapacity, and no disincentive to make a claim is here and now in Cardiff. sponsorshipBar advertisementChris Pyke reports 3rd February 2014 in  Wales on Line : “Unprecedented influx” of patients in past 48 hours at University Hospital of Wales.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is asking people to think twice before attending the University Hospital of Wales’ Emergency Unit

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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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