The Health Service is no longer National, and there is blatant finacial rationing because Wales has not paid up!

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

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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”

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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 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.

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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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