There is no need for the NHS to be crippled – we just need honesty

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).

Laura Donnelly reports in The Telegraph 10th August 2016: Rising numbers could face ‘crippling pain’ as NHS rationing spreads 

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” – : Hanldenby - NHS(This article was not on line, but Haldenby is a director of “reform” think tank).

Paul Gallagher in iNews reports: St Helens may become first CCG in the country to freeze NHS operations

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.


This entry was posted in A Personal View, Commissioning, General Practitioners, Professionals, Rationing, Stories in the Media, Trust Board Directors on by .

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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