In the National Interest we need to establish financial control…

Two recent news items reveal the denial of the inability to manage the finances in the 4 health services. The reality is that NHS England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales are all bust and broken, and the prospect of a realistic saving mechanism is remote. Keep hold of your Private Insurance Policy if you have it, especially where waiting lists are longest and choice is most limited. Look at the graph and imagine the situation in another decade.. Class resentment will be evident once the different life expectancies sink in.. (Is your lifespan more than a postcode lottery? – BBC News)

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Jonathan Morris reports 28th September 2016: NHS negligence claims hit £1.4bn

NHS trusts in England paid out more than £1.4bn in medical negligence claims last year compared to £583m in 2008, analysis shows.

The NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA), which handles claims on behalf of trusts, said it was trying to reduce the costs.

It blamed big rises in claims and legal costs from claimants.

Lawyers said the costs would not exist if the NHS had not been negligent and accused it of delaying claims.

More on the clinical negligence claims story, plus more Devon and Cornwall news

The figures include defence and claimants’ legal costs which can vary depending on who wins or loses and emerged from analysis by the BBC of NHSLA data.

The NHSLA covers health trusts for claims by taking money from them every year based on what the expected payouts will be, so as payouts rise so do premiums.

The Times and The Independent report on the £46m which is paid to staff on suspension

We need no fault compensation, and caps on redundancy fees which are withheld if another job is made available within a year in the same organisation

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Patient complaints hit a ‘wall of silence’ from NHS – No fault compensation would help change the culture…

Litigation – The rising tsunami is swamping us all.. NHSreality lists all the posts on litigation in the two years of existence. NFC (No fault compensation) is essential.

Class resentment is coming..

Image result for rising tide cartoonUpdate 30th September: Boss resigns at troubled health trust (over improper re-employment)

Southern Health NHS Trust boss Katrina Percy resigns (and is re-employed in advisory role)

Henry Bodkin in the Telegraph reports 30th September 2016: Anti-GP ‘banter’ hindering recruitment into general practice, top doctor warns


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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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