Public must pay for better NHS, says Stevens to spineless politicians at King’s Fund

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)

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Spineless politicians should agree rationing with local communities, not behind closed doors.





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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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