Belfast Newsletter implies denial of need to ration and lack of political leadership

The Belfast Newsletter 29th April 2014, in a report entitled: Calamities abroad put our problems into perspective, suggests that there is a political denial of the need to ration health care, and no willingness to lead.

….”There are extreme demands on our healthcare as the population ages, yet a general refusal to accept any sort of NHS rationing, such as prescription charges…..

Too true. Sometimes politicians need to lead, and if they fail the situation gets worse. This worsening situation exists not only in out Health Ser vices, but also in our political system (disengagement and disillusion at both national and Regional levels in Wales) and when considering the environment against intensive agriculture and cheap food. If the price of food rises the price of housing probably goes down! If politicians are unwilling to lead, then we may get a press led society… Until social media such as NHSreality gets a hearing..

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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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