The main reason for the problems with beds is that 80% would not be occupied at all if there were alternatives … Such as home or community Care.
The main reason there are too few staff, both diagnostic and caring, is that it takes decades to train them, and concern to retain sufficient. There have been 3 parties in power over the last two decades. Austerity has not helped, but the problems were incubated well before 2008.
There is no NHS where patients are concerned, but there is for staff, who often aspire to work and educate their children in better areas. The 4 dispensations are controlled by Westminster with regard to finding, but Scotland has more than Wales due to their different methods of funding. They all choose to spend their money differently with different outcomes. This experiment ,without honesty or the possibility of sustaining the 4 services, and done without the consent of the professions, is going to reveal serious differences in the next few years. (See WHO and IFS reports)
We need to ask why no other country has chosen to imitate us. We need to abandon the experiment of devolution in health. The media needs to stop using the abbreviation NHS.
Outside of health we need to review the rules of referenda, to change to PR, to have a constitution, to control false news, and to institute a fairer tax system, particularly addressing capital ( Land Rental Tax. ).
California and Ireland have addressed referenda well.
We need to bring back choice as a virtue and this election is making most of the professionals sick.
The political spin doctors are leading us into a health-less “black hole” because they can get away with it and the perverse incentives to fail to address the issues are too strong. The Health services are too toxic for honesty.
Economist endorses the Liberals Dec 5th 2019…
….Next week voters face their starkest choice yet, between Boris Johnson, whose Tories promise a hard Brexit, and Jeremy Corbyn, whose Labour Party plans to “rewrite the rules of the economy” along radical socialist lines. Mr Johnson runs the most unpopular new government on record; Mr Corbyn is the most unpopular leader of the opposition. On Friday the 13th, unlucky Britons will wake to find one of these horrors in charge.
The leading article on the same day: Election Promises – Times leader 9th December accuses the politicians and by implication the media themselves, of denying voters the truth.
We even have the possibility of “foreign influence” demoralising the population with false truths.
Shanti Das and Andrew Gregory reveal the incompetence of the short term politicians: Amazon ready to cash in on free access to NHS data (The Sunday Times 8th December)