Statins being rationed by NHS in ‘desperate’ bid to save cash. Why shouldn’t everyone buy their statins?

If something costs pennies, such as paracetamol or a skin emollient cream, why should it be free? In a pragmatically and explicitly and overtly rationed health service the solution is for all to buy statins. This would enable more funds to be directed at the technological and expensive services including diabetes/obesity.. Rationing is not acknowledged by the Ministers of Health…

Laura Donelly reports in The Telegraph 11th August 2016: Statins being rationed by NHS in ‘desperate’ bid to save cash

Statins costing just pennies are being rationed by the NHS in measures “born out of desperation,” leading doctors have warned. The decision to restrict the heart drugs was last night attacked by health watchdogs, who said wider prescribing of the medication had been recommended to stop “lives being destroyed…

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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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