Set a rationing precedent Mr Hunt – ban paracetamol on the NHS

At a BMA meeting with management I once asked “are there any goods and /or services which you feel are so cheap that everyone, whatever their means, should be asked to pay for them?” The answer was “yes”, but no examples were offered. Lincoln is starting the inevitable process of rationing overtly.

“A waste of money” – patients react to NHS spending £1.2m on prescription paracetamol – Caroline Wilson in the Lincoln Echo reports 25th June 2016. Reasonable rationing – overtly – would solve this problem, but the precedent then has to apply to other goods and 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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