Farting into a thunderstorm: putting good money after bad and without the “discussion” needed

The announcement by the Prime Minister (note not the Minister of Health) that there would be more money for the 4 health services is deceptive and disingenuous. There are not enough people/staff to use the money properly, and the fundamental basis on which health care is rationed has not been discussed. Staff (doctors and nurses) will remain disengaged, and regard this money as most likely to be wasted. Its like farting into a thunderstorm, or putting more money after bad. And of course in Wales this money will not all come to the health service, as a top slice will go to Welsh Government. How about starting by encouraging self care, and listing those services that all citizens should pay for? How about removing free prescriptions?

The Health Foundation: Does the NHS need more money and how could we pay for it?

This is the third of five briefings.

BBC News 5th August 20 NHS building projects given green light

Expert casts doubt on Johnson’s £1.8bn NHS funding promise
Financial Times5 Aug 2019

Boris Johnson insists £1.8bn pledged for NHS hospitals is new money The Guardian

Johnson’s £1.8bn for NHS will do little to fix crumbling hospitals
The Guardian5 Aug 2019

The Times3 Aug 2019
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…Sally Gainsbury, senior policy analyst at the health think tank the Nuffield Trust, said that £1bn of the investment was “not new money to NHS providers” as they had already earned it through incentive payments for cutting their costs but had had it held back by the Treasury. “It’s cash they already have in their accounts and will now be allowed to spend,” she tweeted.

The president of the Royal College of Physicians, Andrew Goddard, said, “While 20 more hospitals may seem a significant investment, it is unfortunately a drop in the ocean. Today’s announcement is certainly a small step in the right direction, but it’s a far cry from the great leap it will take to save our health service.”

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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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