We loved our former NHS, but now we no longer have one. The Telegraph and Reform think tank are on the front foot at present, without an effective opposition. There is no need for the NHS to be crippled – we just need honesty about the pragmatic need to ration, and differently for different income groups. Even the duke of Westminster cannot escape the inevitability of death (and taxes).
Stephen Cannon, Vice President of the Royal College of Surgeons said bans on all but the most urgent treatment would become “commonplace” without major changes to the funding of the health service.
The NHS is in the grip of the worst financial crisis in its history, with increasing restrictions on cataract surgery and lengthening waiting times for hip and knee operations in most areas
Yesterday St Helens clinical commissioning group in Merseyside took the unprecedented step of making plans to suspend all non-urgent treatment for four months, in an attempt to tackle its overspend.
In a letter to The Telegraph, Mr Cannon, an orthopaedic surgeon, said such bans would become widespread without a “realistic” increase in funding…..
In the same paper Andrew Haldenby opines “The NHs needs to take better care of itself” – : (This article was not on line, but Haldenby is a director of “reform” think tank).
Stefan Pidluznyj in the Lincolnite on July 21st reports: Failing Lincoln GP service provider asks NHS to take over four surgeries and today the BBC reports Crisis-hit hospital trust may close Grantham A&E at night
Approximately 12 months ago in the Economist Haldenby opined: Physician, heal thyself – Jeremy Hunt’s battle with junior doctors exposes an awkward truth: Britons do not love the NHS – He was wrong. We loved our former NHS, but now we no longer have one. He talks about apathy, but not about the long term manpower planning which has let us all down, as well as the lack of honesty. His article (above) is opportunistic, and even praises Mr Stevens and Mr Hunt who between them have failed to stop the disintegration.