As predicted – Welsh avoidable death rates higher than England’s – but informing people of true costs is an improvement..

Welsh avoidable death rates are higher than England’s. This has been predicted several times in the last 3 years on NHSreality. The WG may be working hard, I have no idea, but it is the belief in raising standards above reducing inequalities which will make the difference. In addition it will bring the staff on board, and lead to cultural improvement.

Mark Smith reports 30th June 2016 for Walesonine: Rates of ‘avoidable’ death are significantly higher in Wales than England, new figures reveal  – But the Welsh Government says it is working hard with NHS Wales to reduce avoidable mortality rates

Victoria Jones on 3rd June 2016 reports that Wales has taken up an idea originally proposed by NHSreality 20 years ago: The NHS is telling patients how much their appointments cost in a bid to make sure they turn up Victoria

At least this is honest and educational.




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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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