In a strange way, without using the “Rationing” word, the media is trying to lead us to the conclusion that Rationing is necessary. Whilst manager numbers are rising faster than nurses, the 4 health services are sliding into decline, two tier systems (if one includes private provision) and lowering standards. In the Sunday Telegraph NHS failing to tackle ‘significant safety risks’, warns its medical chief and Medical chief’s solution for NHS ‘safety problems’
The national medical director of NHS England warns that the way the health service is organised is putting people at risk. The new one, Prof Baker says (Laura Donelly in the Telegraph 29th October) NHS is not fit for the 21st century, hospital chief inspector warns
This article is written with good intent but without mentioning rationing. Leading by neglect? He wants to stay in his job.
Sir Bruce Keogh‘s opinion is reported in Sky News Sunday 29th October as “Medical chief’s solution for NHS ‘safety problems'”
The national medical director of NHS England warns that the way the health service is organised is putting people at risk.
The way the National Health Service is organised is putting patients’ lives at risk, according to the national medical director of NHS England.
Professor Sir Bruce Keogh said a central system is needed to oversee patient safety across the NHS.
He said because the nature of the current system was made up of hundreds of organisations, measures introduced to improve patient safety or address specific issues were not put into practice across the whole service.
Sir Bruce said there needs to be a way of ensuring those directives were taken up across the industry.
He told the Sunday Telegraph: “People accept that their disease has risks, they accept that the treatment may carry some risks.
“What they should never have to accept is that the way we design and deliver our services adds to that risk.
“Where there are solutions to significant safety problems, I would like to see a system that mandates the use of those solutions through the NHS.
“The difficulty that we have is that the NHS is a conglomerate of hundreds of organisations, all of whom have their own boards and people in them with their own views.”
Sir Bruce stressed their needs to be a way of “being clear” about when recommendations to implement new solutions – in the form of new devices or technology – “should override the financial considerations”.
Inspectors have said the NHS is struggling to cope with staffing shortages, rising demand and increasing numbers of patients with preventable illnesses.
A Care Quality Commission (CQC) report warned that services are at full stretch and the quality of future care is precarious.