The start of “Civil Unrest” in the Regional Health Services, as predicted by NHSreality? We need to move from a Beeveridge “universal” style of benefits, to a Bismarkian “contributory” style of benefits system if we are to save the services we value – and to avoid a two tier society. This is of course “deserts based rationing” – but done gently. A man frustrated at how long it had taken him to see a hospital dermatologist took his anger out on his local GP surgery with a hammer. (Gerard Lyons in The Sunday Times 9th August 2015: Calais migrants are just the vanguard of millions to come ) Then there is the demographics with “An ageing population, a shrinking state and a growing problem” – Frailer – The Economist 1st August 2015. How much longer will we deny the need to change…? How much “unrest” can we take..? Lets face it, the recent reforms have failed… We cannot have complete fairness, but lets have less unfairness and less post code rationing on life saving treatments.
The Telegraph reports 9th August 2015: Frustrated patient smashes up GP surgery with hammer in fury at length of hospital waiting list – Martin Winks shouts ‘no one cares’ before shattering glass at York surgery reception counter after waiting months for hospital appointment
A man frustrated at how long it had taken him to see a hospital dermatologist took his anger out on his local GP surgery with a hammer.
Martin Winks, 50, entered the surgery wielding the weapon and shouting “no one cares, someone has got to do something” before shattering the glass at the reception counter and the check-in screen.
Winks advanced down a corridor in the surgery towards healthcare assistant Janet Appleby, who broke her foot in four places as she tried to run away from him.
Mrs Appleby barricaded herself in her office before Winks, who had got his hammer from a local builder, smashed it into a wall….
Ask what is not provided. The CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) in the UK Regions would be better named Clinical “Omission” Groups. CCG would become COG, and their purpose would therefore be much clearer to “Joe Public”.