Jeremy Hunt – negotiating UK healthcare


I’m always taken aback by how little the public know, understand or even care about the changes taking place in the UK health system.

The art of negotiating healthcare, I feel is very similar to a chronic disease. A definition from a textbook picked at random reads as such: “It is an insidious disease. It is like cancer in the way that it spreads internally, and it hits each person differently. That’s what makes it difficult to diagnose”. It begins as a whisper in the corridors of the BMA, and before long it escalates into a mass homage to twitter, pinterest, linkedin, with press spin chucked in for good measure.

Admittedly, it would be a mistake to theorize before one has all the data (Sherlock would agree). I and many of my colleagues would therefore appreciate some clear, succinct answers to some important questions which have been vexing me about Jeremy Hunt’s objectives for the NHS (cannot stress that brevity is key here):

1) Is a seven day working week feasible with the current number of doctors? YES/NO

2) Is it safe? YES/NO

3) Is there money in the pot to implement this? YES/NO

4) Is this another step on the road to privatisation? YES/NO

There needs to be a measure of self interest somewhere among this – how many different ways can I blog this post to appear politically correct? And yes I do feel that our health system is loosing some of its identity.

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  • This is how Britain voted it was in the manifesto. Although, I agree hospitals need staff for emergencies at the weekend, not just A&E, but support staff to do tests. This will mean recruiting people to provide these services that clearly the government doesn't want to pay. Morale is the NHS is now as low as the 1980s. The extra money promised will be eaten up by these changes, so there will be no new funds to alleviate the struggling service we have now. The transport system will no longer be able to run a weekend timetable. I haven't heard how they are going to run a Champagne NHS on Beer money.

    • Well Doc, I did think of that, but I could use up all the memory with everything I could say about the NHS or the Private sector. Oh and by the way has anyone known the PALS offices to call back when their lines are always on answer phone?

  • It appears to me that apart from the minor stuff the NHS is already 24/7. I have had X-rays in the middle of the night, I have been phoned by my GP long after the surgery closed. And the consultant from the hospital that looked after my Mother came to see her when she had moved to a rehabilitation half way house after she had finish a long shift at the hospital (15 miles from the hospital). If our politicians were half as good as our medical people……..

    • Thanks Anon, please don't forget to share your appreciation of your doctor with PALS – it's about all the gold-stars nowadays!

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