NHS ‘brand’ could be sold overseas to generate income for hospitals | Society | The Guardian

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Second Life: National Health Service (UK):

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This is a truly amazing story reported in the Guardian. Check it out!

NHS ‘brand’ could be sold overseas to generate income for hospitals | Society | The Guardian.

………………………………..With the NHS declining into an omni-

Prime LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 14: Health...

Prime LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – JUNE 14: Health Secretary Andrew Lansley (R) speaks beside Prime Minister David Cameron (C) and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg as they address hospital staff and media at Guy’s Hospital on June 14, 2011 in London, England. The Prime Minister is today announcing changes to his controversial reforms to the National Health Service. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

shambles under David Cameron‘s leadership, here is a what looks like a sneaky attempt to deflect attention. For me here are some obvious public questions:

  1. If NHS managers cannot run the current NHS efficiently, why should they be able to run a commercial organization which is well beyond their capabilities?
  2. Surely, spare cash at the margin in the NHS, should go towards front-line services, like patient care and drugs which are already being rationed under David Cameron’s austerity drive?
  3. If parts of the NHS has potential value, surely it is better to outsource it immediately, thus paving the way for faster outsourcing of the NHS proper?

What do you think?

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  3. Before you can sell the NHS brand overseas or anywhere else you have to make sure that you have an untainted brand that stands up to intense scrutiny.

    As things stand it is tainted because of treatment failures, its inability to get to grips with waiting lists, restrictive practices and Luddite behavior by doctors, nurses, clinicians, the BMA and the Health Service Unions.

    The NHS spends 20% of its entire budget on lawsuits, defending lawsuits, paying people off, gagging orders, sacking whistleblowers and combating negative PR.

    It kills 120,000 people a year through botched operations and family doctors terminate another 30,000″with extreme prejudice” through misdiagnosis making British GP’s the most dangerous people anyone in the UK is likely to meet.

    The Guardian and possibly Danny Boyle the left wing choreographer of the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony may want to believe that the NHS is a saleable /marketable brand and that people throughout the world want to emulate it.

    However the halcyon days of “Dr Finlay,s Casebook”, matrons like Hattie Jaques in the “Carry On ” films and nurses with starched uniforms and stiff upper lips are about a world which has passed away a very long time ago.

    In short, there is no NHS Brand to sell and even if there was the NHS needs to bring itself and its working practices into the 21st century and bring its performance up to best in breed standards of the kind we see in France and Germany.

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