Public confidence in the Welsh NHS has plummeted, especially in rural areas

Just as there aren’t many taxpayers in Greece, and the people will vote for more handouts and less “austerity” if they are almost all beneficiaries, Wales will vote for the Mansion Tax. Do we have any houses in Wales that qualify for the proposed tax? With rurality a big issue, it’s also no wonder that Pembrokeshire feels their backwater service is worse than Cardiff does. If Pembrokeshire was in a much larger trust with a tertiary centre that would help, but the transport links still need to be addressed. What a pity about the rejection of a new hospital 6 years ago…  The media, and lack of marketing and persuasive skills, and proper public discussion are partly responsible for this lack of facilities. But so also is the political system. WAMs and MPs whose constituencies are not consanguineous with the Health Trusts will always have a different viewpoint, and are less likely to take the utilitarian approach for the greater good. Just as the people of Greece will not vote for the good of Europe.. For Pembrokeshire it feels like rationing by exclusion.. NHSreality wonders where a new build hospital would have been built if there was a depoliticised administration, and suggests it should be in Haverfordwest.

BBC News 26th Jan 2015 repots: Mansion tax plan to boost Wales NHS defended by Jones

We do actually get more money per capita (before the Welsh Assembly takes it’s cut) than citizens in England. Despite this subsidy, Martin Simpson in Walesonline reports 26th Jan 2015: Public confidence in the Welsh NHS has plummeted, according to new polls 

….Two opinion polls out today show confidence in the Welsh NHS has plummeted in the past 16 months.

The polls – one by YouGov for ITV Wales and the other by ICM for BBC Wales – suggest that the relentless criticism of the NHS in Wales by David Cameron, other coalition ministers and elements of the London-based media have had an impact on Welsh public opinion….

People living in Cardiff (62%) are most likely to be satisfied with the running of the NHS in Wales, with those living in Pembrokeshire (35%) least likely to be satisfied.

Do you think the NHS performs better in England than in Wales?


NHS confidence Wales cf England

 The BBC Wales poll also showed that while 21% of people think the NHS performs better in England than in Wales, 15% thought it performed better in Wales than in England and 47% thought performance in the two countries was more or less the same.

As many as 35% of those surveyed thought the UK Government was mainly responsible for the NHS in Wales with 55% answering correctly that the Welsh Government was mainly responsible.


David Williamson on January 1st reported in Walesonline: The political battle over the NHS has left voters divided over whether Wales’ health service matches England’s 

Just 34% of those surveyed said the Welsh Government has handled the NHS in Wales better than the UK Government has handled the service in England

The state of the Welsh NHS is one of the most contentious issues in UK politics but voters in Wales are split down the middle on whether their service is better than England’s a new YouGov poll reveals.

The survey of more than 1,100 adults found 34% believe the Welsh Government has handled the NHS in Wales better than the UK Government has led the health service in England. In contrast, 32% said the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Government had done a better job with the NHS.

More than a third of respondents (34%) did not know.

Prime Minister David Cameron has warned of Offa’s Dyke becoming the “line between life and death” and Labour Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith recently said the Conservative leader was “unfit to lace the boots” of NHS architect Aneurin Bevan.

Conservative Shadow Assembly Health Minister Darren Millar admitted there had been “confusing coverage” about standards in different health services but insisted “the figures speak for themselves.”

He said: “Under Labour, the Welsh NHS has had the deepest cuts of any UK health service, monthly A&E and cancer waiting time targets have been missed for over five years, while Wales, uniquely in Britain, has no Cancer Drugs Fund to enable patients to access innovative new medicines.

“In September 2014, over 30% of Welsh patients waiting for a diagnosis were waiting more than eight weeks, but in England in the same month, just 1.5% were waiting more than six weeks.

“No health service is perfect, but figures clearly show that despite the hard work of doctors, nurses and other professionals, the Welsh NHS has been starved of cash by Welsh Labour ministers and as a result, standards for patients are not good enough.”

Mark Smith reports in Walesonline 26th Jan 2015: Patients left in limbo as two major South Wales hospitals cancel operations due to ‘extreme pressures’ 

One West Wales Trust please, and The Centre of Excellence in West Wales should be in Pembrokeshire

Meltdown. Living with increased risk in Maternity, Paediatrics and Neonatal Health…. and in Ambulances

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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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