Class divide in health widens, says thinktank | Society | The Guardian

This article from the Guardian is well worth a read. Check it out!

Class divide in health widens, says thinktank | Society | The Guardian.

The article cast serious doubts on the effectiveness David Cameron‘s government’s

English: David Cameron speaking at Eland House...

English: David Cameron speaking at Eland House, home of the Department for Communities and Local Government. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

healthcare policies.

Surely, there are three simple policy actions that David Cameron’s Government could take that would improve matters?

What do you think?

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2 responses

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  2. This really covers a few of you recent posts as I would like to raise a fundamental question that has been bothering me recently.

    What can the government do that make a difference to the lives of the people of the UK? Obviously it can sack people in the public sector (or, if you prefer, make them redundant) and that has an effect on those people. Whether these reductions in the public payroll and the consequential costs associated with unemployment will create savings or additional costs is another matter. The reverse is, of course, true if the government decides to take on additional staff.

    Outside that, though, it seems to me that they can actually do very little.

    They can cut taxes – but cannot determine what the additional personal resources or corporate resources are spent on. It could well be that most of them will be used for debt reduction which achieves little other than improving the balance sheets of the lenders. It can distort market forces by the use of subsidies, etc but such distortions have a history of back-firing and are often surrounded by a host of unintended consequences.

    They can (and I feel should) reduce regulations in many areas of life. This would cut burdens on business and so on but could then result in further unemployment. Certainly cutting regulations associated with the NHS would mean that a whole swathe of middle management could go and this could have a positive effect on patient care (probably paradoxically) but do that too quickly and chaos would rule and the problems if additional unemployment arise once again.

    Frankly I am not sure that any of the measures proposed would make that much difference.

    There are some long term things the government could do such as facilitating better education but such would have no immediate impact.

    Rodney Willett writing under the umbrella of ‘Think Local’.

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