A Happy Brexmas to everyone as our leaders duck health and social care funding crisis.. The media failure, and political denial can only get worse..

Distracted by Brexit… There is plenty of evidence that Social Care is breaking down, and with the loss of the opportunity to import EU workers, the staffing issues will only get worse. Government in Westminster, following reports from Wales and Scotland, has promised a review of the funding of social care (and by implication, Health as the budgets are being combined), but they have failed to do this in their own time line which was before Christmas. A Happy Brexmas to everyone as our leaders duck health and social care funding crisis.. Even the IFS (Institute for fiscal studies) admits its a bust.. 

We have to earn profits as a nation to afford social care and health care, but the current account deficit is getting worse, despite the promise from Brexiteers that a lower pound would help exports. (Huge current account deficit is a worrying backdrop as Brexit nears – 

The media’s failure, and the political denial will get worse. NHSreality predicts that when the health and social care review is published, that it will try to pretend that we don not need to ration health care. It will ignore the fact that social care is means tested and health care is not, and it will allow post code blurring of the margins between these two. 

Paul Johnson in the Times 24th December opines in  Vital social care needs are ignored in obsession with short-term expediency  “….This is a long-term failure of government. It is a perhaps a sign of the fact that we have come to expect nothing better that I have seen little or nothing in the mainstream press in the past few weeks bemoaning yet another failure to deliver on a promise simply to publish a set of policy ideas for consultation. Perhaps we have just given up…” (Full text below)

Jan 2018: Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales Final Report

The Nuffield Trust: Health & Social Care in the UK | Research Reports and Analysis

Charts and Infographics (Nufield Trust)

NHS deficits  (Nuffield Trust)

The Institute of Fiscal Studies reports 2018: A review of the Department of Health and Social Care’s Funding …

Jan 2018 in the Guardian – Delay in the Green Paper…

The Berwick report in 2013 criticised the lack of “compassion”, and it has got worse since then.

Vital social care needs are ignored in obsession with short-term expediency – 

The whole article is below:

Paul Johnson Vital care needs ignored

As Robertson Steel said in his valedictory piece, its all down to politicians and the “rules of the game”.

Dr Robertson Steel letter (exit interview) for Western Telegraph in Pembrokeshire

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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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