An 85 year old chemistry graduate despairs of the Health Service

An 85 year old chemistry graduate despairs of the Health Service. It appears he too was not diagnosed properly, and could soon be joining the “posthumous” voters who would like the service to have changed..

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My belief is that covert and post coded rationing in the information age is morally wrong. Patients need to be informed what services will not be available to them, in advance, and told their options for planning for these deficits in cover.

I prefer cutting out high volume low cost treatment options (such as paracetamol) to low volume high cost treatments such as Proton Beam Therapy… and I advocate co-payments which could be income related….

The devolution of the UK into regions with different health rights means we have a much weaker mutual, and “nationalism” threatens to take this even further.

The underprovision of doctors and nurses is due to the short termism of our “first past the post” election system, and will not change until we have some form of proportional representation.

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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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