Conspiracy Theorists: Are this week’s dire NHS headlines a Government plot? Let’s hope so… Listen to the Radio 4 debate on 8th February

Janet Daley opines in the Telegraph 14th Jan 2017: Are this week’s dire NHS headlines a Government plot? Let’s hope so…  We need a reform of the supply side, and an end to centralised bureaucracy. No mention of rationing, so Janet is also in denial… Questionnaires to Doctors and GPs rarely ask the right questions and could start with “is the current system and ideology sustainable?”…. And lead on from there. Questionnaires (Such as the Lib Dems to GPs 2016) rarely address problems without their own agenda.. It would be helpful if the questions were published along with the analysis. What matters is the omitted questions… and without addressing these the conspiracy theories thrive.

Since conspiracy theories seem to be the order of the day, let me run another one past you: the Government, the NHS hospital trusts and the medical Royal Colleges are deliberately encouraging coverage of the impossible pressures being put on A&E and primary care in order to soften up public opinion for a radical re-think of health funding.

While all those dreadful headlines may look like a national scandal and a horrendous political embarrassment, in reality they are the most effective way to bring about acceptance of the need for change.

Everyone in touch with the reality of this situation – reasonable politicians of all parties, clinical staff and NHS managers – knows that the present arrangements are unsustainable. But nobody can figure out how to retreat from the testament of unquestioning faith in “Our NHS” which is indispensable for survival in public life. Hence, the apocalyptic tone…

Join us in the BBC Radio Theatre in London on 8th February 2017!

BBC Radio 4’s Inside Health is hosting a special debate on the current state of the NHS. Dr Mark Porter and guests discuss what needs to give.

The last few months have seen the service creaking under unprecedented demand, and there is likely to be worse to come.  Something needs to give. Is it simply a matter of more resources, or do we also need to change our expectations of what the NHS provides? Is rationalisation and rationing the way forward? 

Mark is to discuss the issues with a panel including regular contributor Margaret McCartney GPClaire Marx, president of the Royal College of Surgeons, and Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers.

Tickets will be available from the BBC website soon

Submit a question for the panel by EMai to insidehealth@bbc.co.uk

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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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