Goodwill for the Health Service is fast disappearing, as is the safety net. Fear is returning as pre 1948.

Goodwill for the Health Service is fast disappearing, as is the safety net. Fear is returning as pre 1948. The politicians have burnt the boats, and need to build a new fleet. (In Place of Fear A Free Health Service 1952 Chapter 5 In Place of Fear)

A letter in The Sunday times explains well:

Doctors’ goodwill a splint for understaffed NHS

AS A junior doctor, I routinely work about 10 extra hours a week. The NHS is propped up by the goodwill of all the staff, and with interventions such as Jeremy Hunt’s, morale sinks even further. We already work seven days a week and support the service. What we need at weekends is better access to diagnostic tests and more members of the whole team, not empty threats from the health secretary.

You have the perfect case study of what happens when you push people beyond the point they are prepared to tolerate in A&E. Punishing rotas make it nearly impossible to maintain a family or social life — hundreds of consultant and training posts are unfilled, and expensive staff have to fill the gap.
Dr Hannah Mitchell, London N1

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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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