A dishonest and covert dialogue is all that is happenning at present.. Simon Stevens says he would like to change this.

The new NHS leader Simon Stevens is on U-tube since speaking on 4th June 2014 : leading culture change in the NHS 

Chris Ham also comments and Simon Stevens (be patient or move to the end) answers questions on 4th June 2014 at the NHS Confederation National Conference in Liverpool.

A Times letter on 7th July 2014 from multiple dignitaries says : Increasing demands on the NHS mean that we have to have a proper national debate

The health and politics debate

A dishonest and covert dialogue is all that is happening at present..  Local politicians are not helping as they are in denial and feel they are not allowed to speak out, and will risk losing their seat if they do…. No mention of rationing…

Sir, We can all celebrate the success of rising life expectation. Yet because most of us are living longer, the next 50 years will see a growth of at least two and a half times as many people suffering from multiple problems. Unless action is taken, by 2020 maintaining the current level of service provision will require an additional £30 billion for just the NHS — which is as much as we spend each year on defence. There is an equivalent budget crisis in social care and housing. The status quo is not an option. We are already seeing the signs of the system creaking at the seams.

More must be done by us all to eliminate inefficiencies, wasteful variation in care and apply technology to transform care delivery. Resources and vigorous service reform must go hand-in-hand. Business as usual won’t do.

However, the longer-term response to this unprecedented financial challenge needs an honest, open dialogue between politicians and citizens. We need a new settlement; a fundamental, holistic agreement with the country on what health and social care should be, how and where it is delivered to maximise the quality of care, and how it should be paid for.

We believe the route is an all-party-mandated, independently conducted “national conversation” on the scope, provision and funding of health and social care. It needs to start now and be completed by the end of next year.

We call on political leaders to support and assist this proposal.

Sir John Oldham, Independent Commission on Whole Person Care

Jeremy Hughes, Alzheimer’s Society

Dr Peter Carter, Royal College of Nursing

Dr Maureen Baker, Royal College of General Practitioners

Sir Richard Thompson, Royal College of Physicians

Dr Jean-Pierre van Besouw, Royal College of Anaesthetists

Ciarán Devane, Macmillan Cancer Support

Lord Adebowale, Turning Point

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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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