Any illusions that there is still a “National” health service have been destroyed today. The news that Welsh patients will not be welcome at their normal English (Over the border) hospital has been coming for some time. See the entries from NHSreality below those for the news from various sources in Wales and Chester as well as the BBC. It is interesting how our politicians and our media collude in the fantasy that there is a “National” health service.. There is a national shortage of diagnostic skills, worse in Wales, and if the money moves with the patient, and Wales has no money…. The politicians and the media need to break their collusion of denial.. The admin cannot sanitise this..
BBC News today 5th April 2019: Countess of Chester Hospital: Funding threat in patient row
and the day before Countess of Chester Hospital says no to Wales’ patients
June 28th 2013: Border Issues – When we will need border controls? Bevan’s “frontier” issues..
Devolution of health to Wales was a mistake? NHSreality 15th August 2015
An increase in prescription charges encourages autonomy, but only in England. It also encourages movement between different systems… In Wales we already know we are second class citizens. NHSreality 28th Feb 2019
Wales is an unsustainable state: another good reason not to leave the EU. Graphics in support… NHSreality 16th April 2016
April 1st 2016: Amazing how England has been able to kid themselves there is an NHS – until now. Manchester’s health devolution: taking the national out of the NHS?
NHS ‘postcode lottery’ denies Welsh nurse £70,000 treatment for rare stomach cancer because the hospital is across the border in England NHSreality 14th September 2014
The Welsh Green (nearly white) paper on Health – and the BMA Wales response. The candour of honest language and overt rationing, & exit interviews to lever cultural change.. Dec 3rd 2015 NHSreality
Election 2015: Bevan would be ‘turning in grave’ over NHS. Welsh Health Service derided.24th April 2015 NHSreality
Disintegration? Plaid Cymru publishes proposals to recruit an extra 1,000 doctors to Welsh NHS. Meanwhile a “managed service”..
Where did Labour’s prescription for treating the Welsh go wrong?
Don’t go West – go East!. An example for us all: Welsh patients in the dark about EU treatment options
Welsh NHS ‘is a scandal’, says David Cameron. The philosophy of not aspiring to excellence, but rather to reducing inequalities
Mr madam’s approach to a national shortage of diagnostic skills is understandable, but only partly truthful.
Why are we so proud of our 4 health services pretending to be one? “NHS is way down international league for healthcare”
In the Chester Daily Post 4th April 2019:Chester hospital refusing to accept Welsh patients – despite being just miles from border – The Countess said it had taken the decision over ‘unresolved funding issues’ but Welsh Government says move is ‘unacceptable’
Walesonline: Countess of Chester Hospital says it will no longer accept patients living in Wales.
The Wrexham.com: Countess of Chester says unresolved funding issues to blame for no longer accepting some patients in Wales
The Independent: NHS patients in England refusing to accept patients from Wales.