As rationing bites harder- survival may become a popularity contest

Some parts of the UK will be more prone to crowdfunding. Wales will be the area with most need as the waits are so bad. Ideally funding should go preferably to those with most life years ahead of them…. Nick Triggle reports on The best and the rest – what we’ve learned from the NHS Tracker (BBC news 15th June 2019)

“Things are getting worse” says Nick Triggle (WHat has NHSreality been saying for 7 years?)

The three hospital measures the BBC has focused on are the most high-profile targets in the NHS.

The way they are measured in each UK nation varies, particularly for cancer and routine operations.

But in each case, they were set to stretch the health service and encourage it to provide care quickly to patients who needed it.

As a result, the targets have never been achieved all the time.

But for the first time since they were introduced more than a decade ago, we have had a whole 12-month period where no part of the UK met any of the targets.

That milestone was passed last year.


And the situation has continued every month since…….

When survival is a popularity contest: the heartbreak of crowd funding healthcare – Sirin Kale in the Guardian 20th May 2019

A growing number of Britons are turning to online fundraising for essential treatment in a desperate, ‘Dickensian’ attempt to get around NHS shortfalls. But does it work?……….

….” it’s normalising the idea, at least in the US, that, in order to get essential health services, you need to compete with all these other people to be the most deserving, the most needy, the most compelling.”

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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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