The debate is puerile. There is no addressing the real issues..

The caring professions wil probably vote, but they are not going to vote for any party because of it’s facile health care policies. The debate is puerile. There is no addressing the real issues..

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The NHS will be ignored by most voters in this election…

In the last 24 hours we have seen opposition strategies which treat patients as children who want a candy bar now free. Labour promises to abolish car parking, conservatives promise to fund mental health, and LibDems promise to put another 1P on tax, but hypothecate the money raised to the Health Services. Hypothecated taxation has the virtue of clarity, but is restricting and leaves a chancellor with less room to manoeuvre. With defence on a minimum of 2%, and health and education expecting similar treatments there is little a chancellor can change.

The vedder curve indicates that attempting to raise more tax at this point in the cycle may well give perverse outcomes.

Oliver Wright on may 8th in The Times reports: Labour promises to scrap hospital car park charges

Emma Wilkinson reports for Pulse 5th May: GP leaders issue guidance amid a flurry of practice closures

£6bn extra a year for the NHS and care – Only the Liberal Democrats offer the real funding our NHS desperately needs. Find out more here:

The Independent reports: The progressive alliance was over before it even began – but may be a sign of things to come

Even so, voters can choose to vote tactically – for which read intelligently – if they are concerned that the lurch towards a hard Brexit will constitute a national disaster of historic proportions

Nick Triggle reports for BBC News: General election 2017: NHS pay cap ‘must be lifted’

Policy of limiting rises to 1% is damaging health service and must not be pursued into next parliament, say NHS leaders

More Money – the Independent: Lib Dems pledge to invest extra £6 billion in NHS and social care – Party would raise income tax by 1 per cent to boost health spending and What will a conservative win mean for the (English) NHS?

Dennis Campbell in The Guardian reports: NHS staff ‘quitting to work in supermarkets because of poor pay’

Policy of limiting rises to 1% is damaging health service and must not be pursued into next parliament, say NHS leaders





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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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