It wont be a quiet revolution … this is only the start of protest.

Huw Pym is wrong when he reports for BBC ness 28th Feb 2017: Stand by for a quiet revolution in the NHS – It wont be a quiet revolution … this is only the start of protest at the democratic deficit in health. The protests will develop into civil unrest. Most citizens, in their ignorance of the complexity of decision making, will vote for local service continuity, even if it means worse outcomes with increased morbidity and mortality.  Civil unrest is possible with this level of universal disquiet…The “fear” factor, and therefore anger, is growing…(And Few marchers realise there is no NHS any longer..)

Especially in Wales where performance is worst in the UK, waiting lists are longest, and outcomes are going to be worst. No wonder Mark Drakeford asks in Oliver Twist like manor for “more gruel”: Budget 2017: Mark Drakeford’s plea over austerity cuts ( BBC news Wales 5th March 2017). Devolution in the way it was arranged in Wales is a failure, and the words of those against devolution should be heeded. Sleepwalking into an undemocratic Brexit, followed by a Brex-breakup is quite possible with N Ireland and Scotland in turmoil. Mutuals are the best idea in health, but any system is only as strong as it’s size….

The NHS protest marches in London yesterday are reported by the BBC, and many others:

NHS march: Recap after thousands gather in London for OurNHS rally to protest against cuts to services – The Mirror

Thousands from across the country march through central London in one of the biggest NHS rallies in history – The Mail


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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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