The NHS and reckless election promises. How about posthumous voting?

The Times letters 12th April 2015 are interesting and consistent. The politicians are speaking nonsense, so would posthumous voting on the health services be any less sensible?

As the campaign heats up, politicians are shamelessly attempting to bribe the voters — especially on NHS funding

Sir, I have voted Tory since the 1950s. This time I do not know what to do. Neither Cameron nor Osborne can answer straight questions about how their promises will be funded. The most blatant was on Sunday’s Andrew Marr Show when Osborne squirmed when asked about his funding of the NHS, etc. It is time they faced daily conferences with reporters.

Terry Duncan
Bridlington, East Yorkshire

Sir, The “Advent calendar” behaviour of our political parties, where each day a present is unwrapped to spend more of our money without the need to raise it through taxation, serves to illustrate how little regard they have for the electorate. Do they really think that this approach will fool us?

Ric Cheadle
Yelverton, Devon

Sir, I’m already tired of the assertions made by politicians regarding the NHS. Mr Cameron talks of 8,000 new GPs, ignoring the fact that after a decade of political abuse coupled with increasing demands and a tick-box culture, doctors are leaving general practice in their droves. Mr Miliband is making equally ridiculous claims with regard to midwives, who have long been underpaid, undervalued, and subject to the same asinine tick-box culture. None of the political parties has demonstrated the courage and knowledge to resolve the problems of our National Health Service. To deal with the NHS, decide where you want to be in 10 years’ time and then work backwards as to how this can be achieved and paid for.

As the NHS is a bottomless financial pit this would be a good opportunity to look at models with different costs, let the public vote on it in a referendum and then live with the financial implications.

Dr Tony Markham
Midgham, Berkshire

Sir, Ed Miliband said (report, Apr 11) that the NHS cannot be funded on an IOU. He has forgotten that between 1997 and 2010 Labour did exactly that — by building hospitals under private finance initiative (PFI) schemes. The interest repayments for these form a major portion of the NHS deficit, although by keeping the deals off the balance sheet the problem has been hidden from voters.

Dr Andrew Bamji
Rye, East Sussex

Sir, In Australia we mourn the death not only of a great cricketer, Richie Benaud, but also that of a former finance minister, Peter Walsh, who applied the principle that money must be earned before it is spent. He did so by means of a “razor gang” whose brief was to cut excessive expenditure. Judging by the promises made as Britain’s election drags on, a country with a worrying deficit will be in desperate need of its own razor gang.

John Kidd
Brisbane, Australia

Sir, David Cameron should be commended for promising to invest an extra £8 billion in the NHS. Was the reduction of investment in the past a mistake?

Eddie Peart
Rotherham, South Yorkshire

Sir, Voters have discovered they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. Many will vote for candidates who promise most from the public purse. If those candidates become our governors the result will be loose fiscal policy followed by austerity, personal hardship and social unrest. It would be wise to vote for the party that promises least.

Robert MacDonald
Salisbury, Wiltshire

Sir, I have decided that I will not vote for any party which does not explain exactly how its “gifts” will be funded.

Jane Miller

BBC News 16th April: Election 2015: BBC debate ‘shouting match’ over NHS

Sally Gainsbury and Sarah Neville in the Financial Times 16th April 2015: NHS cash crunch to hit after UK election

Protest while you can – Dead patients don’t vote. Rationing in action…

Mayday Mayday – for the Health Services: Hospital faces charges over Caesarean tragedy. Dead patients dont vote.

60% jump in patients kept waiting past scan deadline – Wales declines faster and experiences “Frontier” issues

NHS England has some sneaky plans for acceleration. Are we better off dead?

Child cancer results improving. In a “cradle to grave” Health Service we are not doing badly at cradles.. but we are doing badly as patients approach their grave.

Dead people don’t vote… End-of-life care ‘deeply concerning’

Covert rationing of Cancer Care for the Elderly. Dead people don’t vote, and staff are fearful. Rationing by age…

Could these 45,000 votes have swung a couple of seats? Care in Europe is safer than NHS, death rates reveal

The NHS and ‘cradle to the grave’


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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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