Implicit rationing! Not a bad climb down from the Chief Executive NHS England

Despite the funding of a new cystic fibrosis drug, the UKs health services cannot afford to provide basic social and medical care. How long we all pretend that there is no rationing in a “cradle to grave”, free and universal health service is up to us. Yes, capital spend is important, but more important are the staff….. Whilst they are disengaged the problems will continue..

Nick Carling in the Health Service Journal reports the opinion of Simon Stevens, Stevens: Old capital process was ‘implicit rationing’ – Simon Stevens has described the process for approving vital infrastructure projects as “implicit rationing”.

Stevens criticises previous capital process He pledges to “bat very heavily” for mental health capital investment Simon …

Stevens: Hospitals should open more beds this winter than last

Health Service Journal8 Oct 2019
Simon Stevens has urged trust bosses to “think carefully” about how many beds they have open this winter

Stevens: New NHS beds should squeeze ‘inappropriate …

Health Service Journal10 Oct 2019
Simon Stevens has indicated that a “sometimes-inappropriate” level of private provision in mental health inpatient services should be squeezed …

Cystic fibrosis ‘wonder drug’ to be provided on the NHS after … hours ago
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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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