The chancellor has a hard task. We know his aspiration to balance the books by the end of this term, but at the same time he is protecting health (largest spend), education and defence. The rump of what remains to be attacked represents only 20% of GDP. It is time he thought outside the box – and cut health. The way to cut is by co-payments and overt rationing of care. Soft targets such as the bolt-on medically related services supplied by local charities (Eg Hospice, Arthritis Care, MIND, Riding for the disabled) are not the only areas receiving cuts, but they are significant in the health sector. The pretence that there is no rationing in this health crisis has to be ended, before meaningful debate and cultural change can begin….
An article in the Economist on the spending review “The unsubtle knife” November 28th 2015, shows a graphic of the proportion of the GDP spend on health projected to 2019-20, when it will be 35%!
The whole article can be read from the link below and includes “Officials in local government talk of having stopped juicy donations to charities that just so happened to be political allies of their predecessors. “:
The spending review – The Unsubtle knife from the economist 28th November 2015
Eventually the citizen will fie back.. and the knives will not be subtle