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?
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 Times–5 Aug 2019
Johnson’s £1.8bn for NHS will do little to fix crumbling hospitals
The Guardian–5 Aug 2019
In-Depth–Mirror.co.uk–6 Aug 201
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.”