The effects of dishonesty, denial and the wealth divide in other systems needs to be considered in the UK

Wealthy people are usually healthier, especially if they are educated and have the opportunity to fulfil their potential in life. Self harm occurs across the social classes. A worrying report by Boer Deng from Washington in the Times 25th April 2016 reminds us that some systems are worse than ours, and going backwards. Drug abuse needs resources to support victims, rather than these same resources being directed at traffickers. Legalise and tax is a better solution to the drugs problem, and then we will have the resources to treat the victims. The denial Americans are suffering from has ideological similarities to the denial of the UK regarding our NHS. Just as they need an honest debate, so do we…..

Originally entitled “suicides among white women in US”, and then “White women in America are dying younger” reads:

A sharp increase in suicides and deaths caused by substance abuse has cut the life expectancy of white women in America.

According to a government report, lifespans for white American women fell between 2013 and 2014 by about five weeks, from 81.2 years to 81.1 years. All other groups of US women increased their life expectancy.

An analysis of death records by The Washington Post suggested that rural communities were worst affected. In some rural regions the death rate among white women in their forties had risen by 30 per cent. In some places, it had doubled.

The data extends findings published last year by Angus Deaton, the Nobel prizewinning economist, which showed mortality rates climbing among middle-aged white people in America. The study argued that a combination of economic distress and an increase in availability of opioid painkillers was to blame. White school leavers drove the overall pattern.

Another Washington Post analysis found a strong correlation between counties with high death rates and a large proportion of voters supporting Donald Trump.

The politics of health.. The Lemmings of the left leave a vacuum where Mr Stevens’ debate will not happen… Are we all lemmings as far as our health system is concerned?

Nov 22nd 2014 – A dishonest and covert dialogue is all that is happening at present.. Simon Stevens says he would like to change this.

The National Drugs problem: Stop Prohibition – even Mr Clegg might be getting there..

Self harm as a drain on the UK Health Services

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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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