Naive and childlike Politicisation of Health – civil unrest and internal migration are possible

The Naive and childlike Politicisation of Health is revealed by no less than two headlines in the media today 18th October 2014. The idea that politicians can speak like this without the support of the medical professions makes us all laugh out loud, and the disbelief and disengagement continue… It takes 10 years to train a GP, and he is at full skills some 5-10 years later. It takes 5 years to train a useful radiographer, and 10 years a radiologists. It might be possible to build the plant, but it will not be possible to train the staff, and by the time they are both in place a new administration will change direction..

The first comes from Mr Ed Millibrand who is quoted in The Times by  Francis Elliott, Kat Lay, Rachel Sylvester and Alice Thomson who report: Miliband promises 7-day test for cancer

Patients will wait no more than a week between reporting cancer fears to their doctor and receiving test results for the disease under a Labour government, Ed Miliband has promised.

The cost of the pledge will be met by a £150 million-a-year tax on tobacco companies, the Labour leader claims, with most of the cash spent on additional testing equipment.

Cancer charities have welcomed the commitment — a centrepiece of Labour’s election campaign — but some medical bodies questioned whether it was achievable, or the best way to spend extra cash to improve long-term survival rates.

In an interview with The Times, Mr Miliband promised to make tackling cancer an overriding priority…

and then Martin Shipton in the Western Mail: ‘We cannot trust the Department for Health’: Carwyn Jones attacks Whitehall In astonishing blast.

Wales is increasingly afraid that poor comparable figures might shame them, and are concerned that these figures don’t emerge before the next election.. Rationing by restricting choice, and by treating patients paternally rather than as autonomous individuals will not work in The Information Age, and as the comparisons get worse, civil unrest and internal migration are possibilities.. The frontier issues are set to get worse

Cartoon: Migration-Migrant (medium) by menekse cam tagged human,men,man,gate,border,oppressed,be,migrant,migration,politic

Mr Jones made the blunt comments during an exclusive interview with the Western Mail in which he defended his administration’s running of the NHS against attacks from opposition parties and professional groups like the British Medical Association.

In the first part of the interview, Mr Jones spoke about his hope of rebuilding trust in politicians and countering the threat of UKIP

The First Minister referred to a story we ran last week in which Monmouth Conservative MP David Davies criticised the Welsh Government for allegedly “blocking” a comparative study of the NHS in the four UK nations to be carried out by the respected international organisation, the OECD.

The Welsh Government said it wasn’t prepared to participate in the study, and put off a visit to Wales by OECD officials, when the Department of Health said it planned to use statistics in the draft report in next year’s general election campaign.

The Welsh Government said such statistics in the section on Wales would be “unverified” before it confirmed their accuracy.

Such concerns follow attacks by the Conservatives on the NHS in Wales over longer waiting times and cross-border issues which see some patients in Wales deprived of drugs they could be prescribed in England.

Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps has made it clear that his party will be drawing attention to the Welsh NHS’s perceived inadequacies during the run-up to May’s general election.

Referring to the OECD story, Mr Jones said: “Scotland and Northern Ireland are as annoyed as we are. There was an agreement that this would be a four-nation assessment.

“The Department of Health refused to give an assurance that they wouldn’t use unverified figures in the general election.

“So ourselves, Scotland and Northern Ireland said ‘let’s follow the usual process here and embargo the figures until after the general election’. They wouldn’t do it – that’s how politicised the Department of Health has become.

“We’ve said that if they don’t sort this out, we’ll go ahead ourselves and have an OECD assessment [commissioned by us] rather than wait for them and the political games they’re playing. Hey presto – the story was fed to a Conservative MP.

“The Department of Health, I’m afraid, we do not trust at all. It’s the most politicised department of any department of Whitehall. They have form on this – they did it on veterans’ health. We can’t work with them, frankly. We could not share anything confidential with them. They would leak it.”

The Department of Health did not wish to respond to the First Minister’s comments.

Last month Mr Jones dismissed calls from the BMA for an independent inquiry into the state of the NHS in Wales….

NHS Wales in the spotlight before the election

The State of Wales: we should all rage against it dying

Wales cancer treatments denied. An interview on The One Show

The dilemma facing Wales: has not changed since 1999

Will Wales’ professionals be tempted to take out group private medical insurance?

Five things the NHS must learn about empowering patients – but not for Wales.

Choose and Book (Not for Taxpayers in Wales))

Health is closely correlated to Wealth – If you are poor you get no choice (Wales), and live a shorter life, but if you are rich, or born abroad, you live longer and you do get choice! So much for equity…

migration cartoon


n astonishing blast

Wales First Minister has accused the Department for Health of being too politicised and said that Wales could not work with it

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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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