A miracle is needed this Easter – for the UK Health Services. Hubris after grounding will not be enough..

NHSreality has already commented on the need for a miracle. Denial is part of the Easter story and the cock is crowing for Mr Hunt. His negotiations with the consultants are at risk in the same way as those with the juniors. Trying to solve a problem of 20 years in the incubation in a week is the impossible miracle that is needed. Whilst the rich people of Hampstead will exercise choice, by pass waiting lists and queued rationing, those in Scunthorpe (Wards closed) and Hastings (Special Measures) will have to put up with what they get. E.g.: Alan Travis in The Guardian 24th Feb 2016: Ministers and NHS bosses criticised over use of overseas nurses: Chief of government’s migration advisory committee says there is ‘no good reason’ why nurses cannot be found in UK. On the same day Dennis Campbell reports Sir Bruce Keoch, also in denial: Junior doctors row has derailed seven-day NHS plans, says top doctor. Sir Bruce Keogh signals unhappiness with Jeremy Hunt’s decision to impose contract and rejects justification of new terms

The Health Service miracle will not come of course. Icarus could not fly and neither can Mr Hunt or the Staff. Pigs do not have wings.. and they do not fly well in hurricanes…. (Adam Roberts 24th March 2016 in The Guardian: The NHS is in the midst of a financial hurricane )



The truth came home to Dr Megan North reflects on her life saved by her own intervention 4 years ago. The Guardian 25th Jan 2016: I nearly died because the hospital was so short of staff . This type of standard reduction is commonplace, universal, endemic… The people of Hampstead know it… and vote with their feet. The Doctors and Nurses know it and are voting with theirs.. The MPs know it and go privately.

The cock crowed 3 times for Paul, and he relented and told the truth. Mr Hunt, please relent and realise that overt rationing is the only realistic and pragmatic way to provide the miracle needed. Once on the ground the health services can never take off again, and hubris will not be enough.

Not only patients will need a miracle – the UK Health Trust Boards and CCGs need to go to Lourdes

In the news today:

Giles Sheldrick in the Express 24th March 2016: Holiday rush to A&E could cost the health service £10 MILLION NON-urgent visits to hospital accident and emergency departments over the Easter weekend could cost the cash-strapped NHS almost £10million, it was claimed last night.

The Sun reports: NHS at breaking point as patients overwhelm A&E. Third world NHS. 12 Hospitals in Crisis. Worst waiting times in 10 years.

Alan Travis in the Guardian reports on another denial: Ministers and NHS bosses criticised over use of overseas nurses -Chief of government’s migration advisory committee says there is ‘no good reason’ why nurses cannot be found in UK

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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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