The Future for our Health Services

The Times has a series of articles on line titled “The future of the NHS.. None of them addresses the reality of covert rationing, dishonest debate, gagging, over management and poor information technology… None of them addresses the holistic nature of the service or the deliberate introduction of sub-optimal care (Heuristic decision making – ignore part of the available information, basing decisions on only a few relevant predictors.) In a special report in The Telegraph 29th December 2014 Robert Colvile describes watching a “Night one of our brightest and best hospitals was defeated by the dire state of the NHS”.

Healthy Service 18th October 2014


The NHS will not withstand another botched revolution. But without evolution it will continue to underperform

Mental health still surviving on the crumbs 16th October 2014

Mental Health Trusts have lost £250 million in funding since 2012, with the six leading mental health charities warning cuts “will put lives at risk”

Health advice from chief medical officer

Dame Sally Davies says she doesn’t want to be the nation’s nanny, but insists the government must encourage healthier lifestyles

In the illness lottery, cancer is winning

Some worry that the postcode lottery has been replaced by a disease lottery, in which access to treatment depends on the illness a patient has

NHS chief calls for cancer drugs scrutiny

Patients face more rationing of treatments on the government’s Cancer Drugs Fund, as health chiefs said the present system was not working

‘I want my wife’s death to liberate doctors’

Lord Saatchi’s Medical Innovation Bill, which is debated in the Lords next week, is intended to liberate doctors to try new treatments

Inadequate GP practices will have to shut

Hundreds of GP surgeries are not good enough and many will have to close, the chief inspector of family doctors has said

‘Cut social care and the system stops working’

Andy Burnham is championing an integration of the health service and social care that would help elderly people

Where did Labour’s prescription for treating the Welsh go wrong?

The doctor will skype you now

GPs must think big to cope with the strain

Unions threaten a winter of strikes

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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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