It has to change. Listen to the effect the publicity of the NHS had on world economists at the Olympics.

ALTHOUGH the British National Health Service is under fire at home for its poor record, its model has drawn great interest from emerging economies

Listen to Sophie Delap, Home affairs correspondent interviews Anne McElvoy, Public Affairs Editor, in The Economist print edition Aug 5th 2013.

Values and philosophy seem “unlikely to change” according to Anne McElvoy. If the most influential elements of our society think that we cannot change where it really matters, what hope for the NHS? Covert rationing and a post code lottery with frontier issues will continue..

Here are original and the follow up articles from the economist.

The NHS – Health reform in a cold climate

And here are some other viewpoints:

Bitter Medicine – Reforming the NHS

Competition in healthcare a UK perspective

NHS tourism – Free for all – and growing

It makes sense to limit care

The NHS – Change at the top

 

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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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