An election debate by pithed, fearful politicians. Impotence and denial ensure no significant change in philosophy.

On Thursday we witnessed an election debate by pithed politicians. Impotence and denial ensure no significant change in philosophy. It is so easy to blame the managers or the CCGs, but when will we, the public, see that it is the politicians and the political system at fault. Side issues such as “health tourists” which cost us so little are a distraction. (Daily Mail –Did Nigel Farage get it right in the General Election debate on HIV health tourists?) The Guardian debate 11th March was no different: Guardian Live: Election 2015 – The Big Health Debate. We need to ration overtly to solve this problem.

An Insurance based system should be better…614bd-anti_pithing_500x500

The answer is NOBODY – Correspondence following “Is anyone brave enough to sort out the NHS?”

BBC News 3rd April covered the ITV broadcast. Election TV debate: Leaders clash over NHS, cuts and immigration

The UK’s party leaders have clashed in the first TV election debate on a range of issues including the NHS, immigration and the deficit.

It is the only time David Cameron and Ed Miliband will appear together on TV ahead of 7 May’s polling day.

The Conservative and Labour leaders, as well as the leaders of the Lib Dems, UKIP, the Green Party, the SNP and Plaid Cymru, also debated zero-hours contracts, spending cuts and education in the ITV-hosted contest.

An average audience of 7.7m, which was a share of 34%, watched the debate on ITV, the BBC News Channel or Sky News…..

BBC Scotland – Election TV debate fallout dominates Scottish campaign

BBC Wales: Election 2015: Leaders argue over deficit, funding and NHS and Welsh government criticised over health debate no-show …

The Telegraph comments: Leaders’ election debate: Farage and Sturgeon win, says poll – live reaction – Election 2015: David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nigel Farage, Nicola Sturgeon and the other party leaders go head to head in the live debate on ITV – follow latest updates

NHS SOS: UK top doc says health service may use private insurance model. Bruce Keogh: “…abandon free healthcare for all”.

Orwell Quote1

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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.

1 thought on “An election debate by pithed, fearful politicians. Impotence and denial ensure no significant change in philosophy.

  1. Pingback: A definition of “rationing”, a Freedom of Information request, and a financial and political storm brewing.. Denial continues.. | NHS reality. An NHS soapbox. Speakers' corner for the NHS.

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