For “prioritizing” read “rationing”. Billions needed to rescue unsafe NHS, doctors warn. The safety net is holed…

It is going to get worse and worse. The failure to care for the elderly and to fund the UK Health Services responsibly is evident. For prioritization read rationing: The safety net is holed… Those who fall through wont be voting on the future of their health service..

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Chris Smyth reports in The Times 31st Jan 2017: Billions needed to rescue unsafe NHS, doctors warn

Thousands of senior doctors have told the prime minister that the NHS is unsafe and failing patients.

Doctors are “handcuffed and paralysed” by the limits of a health service that does not have enough money to do what patients ask of it, they said in a letter to Theresa May.

“We have reached unacceptable levels of safety concerns for our patients within the NHS and simply cannot continue,” more than 2,000 consultants and GPs said in the letter, published in The BMJ.

They urged Mrs May to pump billions more into the service to bring spending up to the levels in France and Germany. The intervention has focused attention again on the deepening rift between Downing Street and the NHS following a public spat on spending with the head of the health service this month. Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, told MPs that Britain spent 30 per cent less per person on health than Germany and accused Mrs May of stretching the truth by saying that she had given the NHS more money than it needed.

A government spokesman said: “We have invested £10 billion in the NHS’s own plan to transform services and improve standards of care and recently announced almost £900 million of extra funding for adult social care over the next two years.”

More patients forced on to mixed wards

Heart failure patients face same death rate as 1998 (Heart failure is very difficult to treat effectively to secure better long term outcomes)

‘Loneliness’ commission launched in memory of Jo Cox

NHS patients are demeaned by mixed sex wards – Jane Merrick Opines

Cashstrapped councils leave families to care for the elderly – Chris Smyth

Families will have to step in as more older patients are denied help with washing and dressing, councils have warned. A cash crisis will leave local authorities unable to meet their legal duties to older people under reforms introduced three years ago, they said.

Ministers need to admit that older people will be given only limited help as there is no more money available, according to the Local Government Association (LGA). It fears legal challenges from people who say councils are not meeting an obligation to ensure their dignity and wellbeing.

Cuts to council budgets have meant hundreds of thousands of older people lacking help with everyday tasks and NHS leaders have complained that hospitals are filling up with elderly patients who have been allowed to fall ill and cannot go home safely.

Izzi Seccombe, of the LGA, said that pledges to the elderly were “in grave danger of falling apart and failing, unless new funding is announced by government for adult social care”.

She said councils would increasingly have to prioritise the least mobile people who could not cope without carers at the expense of those whose lives are improved by extra help…..

TRAIN WreckProtest while you can – Dead patients don’t vote. Rationing in action…  (Feb 2015 – 2 years ago!)

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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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