This is from Seven days in medicine: 9 to 15 November 2016 in the BMJ (BMJ 2016;355:i6106 )
As if we did not “pay for it” already Mr Stevens adds insult to injury in deriding our intelligence. He needs his job, so he is unwilling to endorse the rationing needed to make ends meet. He knows the spineless politicians are not ready and attempting to “lead” would mean he was torpedoed.
Public must pay for better NHS, says Stevens
People must pay more if they want a better NHS, the chief executive of NHS England said. Asked about the possibility of rationing NHS services at the King’s Fund’s annual conference in London on 9 November, Simon Stevens said that he would have to be “persuaded of the benefits” of limiting healthcare, adding, “At some point the British people will need to put their hands in their pockets if they want to see continued improvement and growth in what the NHS can do for each and every one of us.” (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.i6069)
July 2012 Rudolph Klein for the Kings Fund: Thinking about rationing
NHS rationing under the radar | The King’s Fund
The culture of the NHS has yet to catch up with the rhetoric as this speech from the GPC leader underlines.
The political leadership vacuum will allow more and more post-coded inequalities and deaths from acute surgery
Organisational failure, strategic failure, administrative failure, leadership failure, medical and nurse training failure, capacity planning failure, contract failure – where next?
Margaret McCartney: Staff hold the answer to our failing NHS
Margaret McCartney: Margaret McCartney: What Hunt did next or “Statistically, Hunt is right about one thing” (inadequate Leadership)
Southern England NHS trusts ‘face £479m budget deficit’
What type of leadership is needed now to save the health services?
Two leading articles – on 4 leaderless institutions, and a taboo exposed
The NHS is sliding towards Narnia
The NHS: How bad will it get? It’s going to get worse and worse for some time yet…
Douglas Frazer in Scotland reports 17th November 2016: Unequal Scotland? – How being poor can cut short your life
Spineless politicians should agree rationing with local communities, not behind closed doors.