The politics of health.. The Lemmings of the left leave a vacuum where Mr Stevens’ debate will not happen… Are we all lemmings as far as our health system is concerned?

Anthee Caravassa in The Times 6th August 2015 reports: Greece plans to fine cancer patients

Another side to “deserts based rationing” which encourages citizenship. Historically it is only the Left who have been able to introduce overt rationing in health services (New Zealand, Australia, Canada) and therefore it looks as if citizens will have to put up with continued obfuscation until the left wing lemmings have completed their task. When an opposition re-forms, lets hope it is Liberal and advocates PR. It might also reform the House of Lords, bring in a republican system, and save the UK. Saving the NHS is beyond any new party, but it could re-build it in a form of zero budgeting… he politics of health.. The Lemmings of the left leave a vacuum where Mr Stevens’ debate will not happen.

Sensible summary of the impending Health Service disaster – Simon Stevens….

Cancer patients in Greece face paying up to half the cost of their treatment if they have missed routine screening tests.

The health ministry proposal aims to increase prevention in a country that has one of the worst records for cancer-related deaths. State doctors and cancer treatment groups say that the struggling health system will not be able to cope with registering hundreds of thousands of annual screening tests under what has been labelled crude cost-cutting measure. They add that the rules will be almost impossible to enforce.

“The intentions behind this proposed cancer prevention campaign are honourable,” Cleopatra Gavriilidou, the head of Alma Zois, a breast cancer association, said. “But the plans as a whole seem almost punitive and very difficult to implement.”

Under the proposal, men and women eligible for full cancer coverage will have to undergo routine breast, cervical, prostate and stomach tests — none of which is fully covered by state insurance funds.

Greece’s healthcare system has crumbled under the weight of the country’s financial crisis. International creditors want the country, which is among the poorest in Europe, to keep public health spending less than 6 per cent of its output — nearly half of what it used to be before the economic collapse in 2009.

Athens looks ready to agree to harsh austerity reforms in exchange for billions of euros in rescue loans from its European peers and the International Monetary Fund. The Greek government said yesterday that early elections were likely to be held in the autumn. A new bailout deal must be reached by August 20.

Public hospitals were among the first areas in which reform was demanded by lenders, who accuse administrators of letting corruption thrive. Since spending cuts, 132 large medical centres have merged into a network of 82, some 850 clinics have closed and 30,000 health workers have been laid off, undermining patient safety and pushing thousands of doctors abroad.

Theodoros Giannaros, the director of the Elpis state hospital, in central Athens, asked: “How do they expect the system to hold?”

Tourists faced fresh chaos yesterday as an air traffic controllers’ strike caused delays and cancellations. At least 22 flights to and from Greece were cancelled and 173 were rescheduled.

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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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