We buried Joyce last Friday. She was my wife’s Mother. She was 87 years old. She had serious health problems. She had recovered from breast cancer. The support and care she received from the health services in Manchester was FANTASTIC.
Note the word Mr. Lansley: Fantastic.
This involved her local GP, who never gave up 100% trying to help her, and who visited Joyce whenever asked, to the social services, to the paramedics (she, unfortunately, was prone to pressing her alarm call, hanging round her neck), to the local hospital who saw her through four stomach operations (the surgeon was unbelievable), to the nursing home where she spent her last few weeks and to the Local Authority who were firm but fair over the payments for her care. Joyce also was looked after by her caring family.
Mr. Lansley: Wrong (One)
Writing in ‘The Times’ (17 January 2011) the Health Secretary said that “…if we don’t modernise the NHS as a whole then it won’t work for patients.”
It is working Mr. Lansley. Ask Joyce’s relatives.
Mr. Lansley: Wrong (Two)
“Another myth is that the speed of change is too fast, that we expect GPs to do too much too soon”.
This is not a myth, it is true. Andrew Lansley is foolishly misguided to give GPs staggering budget controls. John Major tried it with GP fund holding: hardly a success. The (gradual) abolition of Primary Care Trusts is madness. Budgets should be controlled by managers. Patients should be looked after by doctors.
Mr. Lansley: Wrong (Three)
“I’ll cut the deficit, not the NHS”
This was Dave’s election slogan but one assumes Mr. Lansley agreed to it.
The problem is that financial controls will become so confused that, inevitably, costs will rise. My guess is that GPs’ already high earnings will also increase.
How to improve health care for Enterprise Britain
There is one move that the Coalition Government could make that could significantly add to the provision of healthcare for business owners and managers.
Re-introduce tax relief on private health care premiums
There are two main problems for business operatives when needing health treatment:
The NHS system is limited in the flexibility it can offer on timings. Private medicine avoids that and is thus contributive to enterprise.
Tax relief on premiums will reduce the cost of private care.
This will never happen because Dave’s decision to sell-out to the Liberal Democrats means no non-liberal proposal stands any chance whatsoever.
This is a pity because the Coalition government is doing precious little for Enterprise Britain in any other direction.