Sir Hughes-Hallet proposes “Healthforce” – an army of volunteers. It just might work in social Wales, but rationing overtly still has to be part of the package. This is the distasteful tablet that the politicians are unwilling to swallow.. As soon as it is clear that the service is well founded and sustainable for the future the professionals will come on board again. An army of ageing volunteers does not appear sustainable to NHSreality. He remarks on the need for clear leadership, poor morale, doctor exodus, and attempts to start the debate without mentioning rationing.
Sir Hughes-Hallet proposes 3 options and says that “the route of the problem is we need to be honest with the public” and “…by explaining to the public that we might have to reduce the offering of free health care, unless we take one of three measures that would solve the problem”:
- Significantly more new money
2. “Reduce the menu”. Clearly fund emergencies for free – but charge for other services.
3. Radical thinking. “Healthforce”. Use an army of volunteers backed up by data and technology, to empty hospitals.. We must not be afraid to “care”…
He points out that in 1942 Lord Beveridge said specifically “that we should not take away from the citizen the entrapaneurship of caring for their own healthcare”… NHSreality found this podcast inspiring. Will he be listened to? Will politicians suddenly become honest on health?
Recent BBC news bulletins have been more vocal on the crisis.
and Mark Smith and Clair Miller in Walesonline (Western Mail) 12th October report on a symptom of the parlous state of the Welsh Health Service: Welsh NHS spends £19m on private healthcare in just 12 months – perhaps it will get worse with the only new proton beam therapy in Harley St!