“You cannot oppose something you did not know was going on”…. PRIVATISATION derided

Dr Gill, a GP in Kent goes on to talk about contracted and salaried GPs and the demise of “continuity of care”.. The following film focusses on an American model alternative when there is no reason for this to be the model for the 4/5 different UK systems. The weakness in both the article and the video is denial of the need to ration overtly…. The honest debate asked for by Mr Stevens has not yet begun…. but watch the video, and do not stay gagged..

On borrowed time – The demise of General Practice Dr Bob Gill GP Welling, Kent February 2015


National Health Service privatisation plan has utilised many reliable techniques including concealment, divide and rule, and playing the long game. The Thatcher plan produced by the Adams Smith Institute in 1988 has been enacted by consecutive governments with only a few being aware. Failure by mainstream media and representative bodies to inform and educate the public and professionals has been an essential ingredient. How else could you disguise the gross betrayal of the public interest being conducted without raising significant public resistance? You can not oppose something that you didn’t know was going on.

The NHS sell off – a video on the privatisation of our Health Services.

A tsunami of structural change; the NHS has been abolished; increasing restrictions and exclusions; obsession with performance targets; the system is rotten; management and not doctors calling the shots; Tony Blair embraced Thatcher’s internal market; increasing Americanisation; PFI is derided (not allowed any more, and not ever in Wales); choice is a distraction when there is undercapacity, but it does help people aspire; we are losing something very special indeed…We ALL need to speak out.

Terrifyingly, according to the World Health Organisation definition the UK no longer has a NHS

David Oliver: The best health system – we are world class for equity, but not for outcomes

Amazing how England has been able to kid themselves there is an NHS – until now. Manchester’s health devolution: taking the national out of the NHS?

Liberal beliefs need to be modified pragmatically to create a sustainable health service – especially in Wales



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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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