The Election Horror Show, and denial… The political spin doctors are leading us into a health-less “black hole”. The Health services are too toxic for honesty…

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.

The Economist talks about the “nightmare” before Christmas and Endorses the Liberals despite their mistakes:

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.

December 9th in the Times Chris Hopson reports: We asked politicians to be straight on the NHS. They’ve not listened

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.

Shaun Lintern for the Independent reports 3rd December: Leaked NHS document reveals government plan to use cheaper staff to fill nurse vacancies

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)

 

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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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