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. We are laggards in change..

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.

The BBC reports 3rd July 2015: NHS to reveal cost of missed appointments to patients.

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.”

and the left wing counters with Ann Robinson in The Guardian, who opines 2nd July 2015: How is putting ‘taxpayer funded’ on drugs meant to make us feel? Grateful? Guilty?

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…

NHS ‘lags behind other health systems’ – but comparisons of outcome become hostages to politicians who deny the need to change..

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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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