Lets sell the family silver – abandon your Health Service to market forces and covert rationing

Sarah Kate-Templeton in The Sunday Times 20th July 2014 reports: NHS director promises seven-day service by 2017

Camilla Cavendish in The Sunday Times 23rd April 2014 opines in Freedom is the chance to blow your pension on a Lamborghini:

…..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….

The NHS has to change: what worked in 1948 won’t do today, says Sir Stuart Rose

RNLI to “replace” GP services in Tenby

Call for GPs to work at A&E units

NHS finances: what does the future hold?

Forget reform, the NHS is beyond repair – “change to a European-style social insurance system”?

Towards the election – Which party will tell the truth about covert and post code rationing? Especially in Wales…

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.



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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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