An interesting take on reforms to the NHS under the current and recent Labour Governments . Full article available via the link below How to fix the NHS: a doctor’s prescription – Competition – and ideology – isn’t working
Senior cabinet ministers said this week that their attempt to reform the NHS (which culminated in the 2012 NHS Health and Social Care Act) was their ‘biggest mistake since coming to power’. As angry, beleaguered nurses and frontline staff begin striking, there is a cross-party consensus that the NHS can’t be touched: it’s just too toxic politically. So instead of making amends for the former health secretary Andrew Lansley’s botched attempts at reform, Cameron decided he’d rather ‘park’ the issue. That’s like a surgeon splaying open the patient, then realising he’s made a mistake and just walking away from the operation with a nonchalant shrug. The NHS has been left haemorrhaging on the table. Sorry, but that’s not good enough — there’s lots that could and should be done.
The Commonwealth Fund survey, which uses a range of measures to analyse healthcare systems around the world, has consistently found that the NHS is one of the best. But the attempts — first by the Labour government and then subsequently the coalition — to introduce more efficiency through competition have in fact meant an explosion of expensive bureaucracy. It’s quite clear that the more providers of healthcare there are in the system, the less efficient it becomes, and the risk of duplication, confusion and misunderstanding grows. I see this day in and day out in my own practice….