Sarah Kate-Templeton in The Sunday Times 20th July 2014 reports: NHS director promises seven-day service by 2017
…..When Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, decided to give NHS patients information about the results of cardiac surgery and other procedures, the British Medical Association said this would give patients the wrong ideas — because they couldn’t possibly understand such complex issues. They said the same when he decided to rate hospitals, GPs and other services. All monopolies, whether public or private, are run to suit the people working in them. Tony Blair made Britain’s GPs the highest paid in the world, while letting them choose whether to work out of hours. Hunt is the first health secretary to have put himself firmly on the side of the patient….
So we are autonomous individuals. That does not mean we should sell the family silver – abandoning your Regional Health Service to market forces and covert rationing.