Going bust – whilst politicians look the other way – ” NHS finance chiefs warn of poorer care and longer waiting times”

The UK Health Services are all going bust – whilst politicians look the other way, as standards fall. A dissatisfied populace will initially, and when affluent enough, go privately.  That is all very well for cold planned procedures for which travelling is possible, but what about emergencies? When the finance ministers warn about rationing, they mean covert, post code, and unfair rationing…  At least they are not gagged – yet. When will the debate on overt rationing take place ?

Dennis Campbell reports in the Guardian 9th July 2016: NHS finance chiefs warn of poorer care and longer waiting times

Bancrupt TrustsRationing of services likely as hospital chiefs say they can’t make savings vital for reform

NHS finance managers warn today that patients are set to experience poorer care, longer waiting times for treatment and greater rationing.

A grim outlook for the NHS’s finances is also likely to see many hospitals fail to make savings that ministers have said are vital and put plans for the service to reform how it operates in serious doubt.

More than one in five (22%) of over 200 NHS finance directors in hospitals and GP-led clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) across England surveyed by the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) believe that quality of care will worsen during 2016-17. That 22% is a sharp increase on the 9% who voiced that fear as recently as last November.

Even more finance directors – one in three – fear that care will deteriorate in 2017-18 as a direct result of the NHS’s unprecedented financial struggles.

“Fears around the impact the current financial turmoil in the NHS could have on quality are a real cause for concern and we may start to see more of these predictions come true in the year ahead,” said Paul Briddock, the director of policy at the HFMA, which represents NHS finance managers.

“Respondents from both sectors felt waiting times (76%), access to services (69%) and the range of services offered (61%) were the most vulnerable” due to the financial squeeze, according to the HFMA’s latest biannual “NHS financial temperature check” report.

The HFMA’s findings raise questions about the likelihood of NHS trusts in England keeping their overspend for 2016-17 to the £250m they have been told to adhere to and the service getting its finances back into the black after providers of care ran up a deficit of £2.45bn last year….

When will the debate on rationing take place ?

All health care is rationed. It’s just a question of how, and how honestly. When will the debate on overt rationing take place ?

Little boy reaching for top shelf of rationed food

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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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