Patients face rationing on NHS unless more cash is pumped in, says think-tank

As if it was not happening already! Trust Boards and Commissioners covertly ration services differently in different locations throughout the country.

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Sky News Paul Kelso reports 1st June 2017: Patients face rationing on NHS unless more cash is pumped ‘in, says think-tank

The warning comes as all three main parties set out their priorities in a Sky News special report on the state of the NHS.

Patients face rationing of NHS care unless the next Government commits significantly more funding to the service, a leading health think-tank has told Sky News.

The King’s Fund says that after the deepest funding squeeze in health service history the NHS is “approaching a crisis” that will see patients suffer.

The warning comes as new research reveals 50% of NHS areas will have to delay or cancel spending to meet financial targets, and four in 10 are already planning to reduce the amount of treatment they carry out, including elective procedures such as hip replacements.

Meanwhile, health spokesmen for all three main parties have set out their priorities in a Sky News special report on the state of the NHS, the public service that voters consistently say they value above all others.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt defended the Government’s record but said a promise of more funding depended on Britain achieving a positive Brexit deal.

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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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