Life support for the NHS
To outline a comprehensive remedy for the ongoing and worsening woes of the beleaguered NHS would take a little more space than this blog permits; suffice it to say that the NHS needs to be properly funded, along with a major structural and operational overhaul.
A Royal Commission has been suggested. The problem is that Royal Commissions (or ‘purple papers’ as I like to think of them) need to be carefully managed to come up with the answers that a government wants to hear, and management isn’t one of this government’s strong suits, and I’m not sure that it has any desired answers in mind anyway.
I will say this: given that GP services, along with contracted suppliers, are all private concerns, perhaps we need to contemplate a greater role for the private sector in the delivery of front line services. This is especially indicated for the effective care of older people with multiple chronic conditions: at present there are so many older people being repeatedly shunted between home and hospital, at great distress and disruption to themselves and their famiies, and tying-up paramedics’ time, ambulance services and hospital beds.
Along with many others, ‘creeping privatisation’ is anathema to me; it needs to leap, not creep.
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