It seems the left can accept honesty on cost, but will not engage on the philosophy – yet….. as NHSreality has commented before – It’s going to get worse before it gets better.
and in a hint of the deserts based rationing and co-payments which are inevitable in the long run: “People would have to “take personal responsibility” for the way they use NHS resources if a “fantastic” service was to continue, Mr Hunt said.”
It seems she can tolerate numerical accuracy (cost), but regards only the numbers as acceptable for discussion, but not the philosophy: ” I think it’s justifiable to state the cost of drugs. It’s information that is known to health professionals and suppliers, so why not share it with the very people who are both funding and consuming the pills? Just because information is on a package, you don’t have to read it; think how long the weekly supermarket shop would take if we read all the info on food packages.
But what about stamping “funded by the UK taxpayer” on packs of pills? How will that “improve patient care”? To me, it sounds officious, gratuitous and a bit nasty.”
Nick Triggle reports for BBC 3rd July 2015: NHS ‘lags behind other health systems’ and this is important enough for the next post…