Ruling political parties will never plan for long term health in our FPTP system. The political parties need to take away the gag from the mouths of their politicians.

Ruling political parties will never plan for long term health in our First Past The Post ( FPTP ) system. Countries that were nearest to the SARS and other viral epidemics, have planned best. Most countries, even those with various PR systems have planned inadequately. Singapore has had a plan, and even there a second wave is possible, but they have far fewer first wave cases. Thus their medics will be much more able to cope. But any form of PR must give a better opportunity to plan than the current UK system. The planning extends from viral epidemics, to manpower, and to financial stability. It is also evident that the “Honest Debate”, asked for by Mr Stevens in 2014, has not been able to take place. Rationing is now common parlance in the media, but not amongst politicians. 

The political parties need to take away the gag from the mouths of their politicians. Their failure has led to a deep abscess in a root canal of a rear molar. If its not removed the whole body will get worse…

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March 2020: Hardship…? Lets seize the opportunity for more much needed change..

May 2015: Setting sail in a boat already holed. The new government will fail unless it rations health. Proportional representation would be better than the inevitable mess to come..

Dec 2019: A toxic amalgam of 4 “health and social care” services

Nov 2019: A curse on all their houses. Banal debates omit the really important questions. Entertainment has come before long term politics and unity..

and Health services and elections.. PR will give fewer changes in philosophy and bring back trust.

June 2018: How did we get to this? What manpower planning failure. Please let Health Service visas be dependent on good language and cultural awareness.. and integration

and  Jan 2018: Whilst Nurses leave, “Extra funding to help NHS used on short-term fixes”, report finds. Conspiracy theorists may be right..

Nov 2017: We are creating a “caste” of doctors – by neglect. Neglecting to change our electoral system is equally crass..

Apr 2017: The contestants – who will promise the most irrelevant package? Listen and (later) read their prospectus.

March 2017: The UK Health services are facing a “dead end” – both literally and figuratively if we don’t accept rationing.

Denial for 5 years. On 4th June 2014 Mr Stevens asked for an honest debate…

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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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