Waste in the Health Services. It;s mainly due to staff absenses…

The Adam Smith institute weighs in on waste. The purchasing power of a large mutual (former NHS) is much greater than the 4/5 different regions:

Sir, You are right that the National Health Service requires more money in addition to tackling its “internal woes”, ie waste (leading article, Mar 26). But if the NHS is given all the money it seeks, the incentive to eliminate waste will be removed. The Department of Health and Social Care will retain 19 quangos where seven would suffice; assets such as operating theatres will remain underused; beds will remain occupied by those needing long-term care; administration will absorb time that should be devoted to patients; and adult social care will remain the poor, underfunded relation (the social care “principles” proposed by the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, this month made no mention of money at all).

A commission will take time to deliberate, but that time will not be squandered if the NHS uses it to eliminate waste and establish a fair share of resources between medical and social care. That would resolve short-term pressures, allowing the commission to deal with longer-term issues.
Tim Ambler
Adam Smith Institute, London SW1

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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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