Hundreds of private contracts signed in ‘biggest ever act of NHS privatisation’ | Society | guardian.co.uk

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This is an excellent story reported in the Guardian. Check it out!

Hundreds of private contracts signed in ‘biggest ever act of NHS privatisation’ | Society | guardian.co.uk.

What worries me is why the Department of Health and the NHS are not being more open?

Any thoughts on what’s really going on here?

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  1. You ask for thoughts as to what is going on here. I have no idea and suspect that unless you are a part of the inner circle carrying out this work you will be equally in the dark.

    There is no question that the NHS needs a rethink. When it was conceived there were two blinding errors – that is not to suggest blame but they were definitely ‘unexpected consequences’.

    The first was the miscalculation that allowed the concept in the first place: that as the health of the nation improved as a direct result of the NHS, the costs of running the service would reduce year on year. The rest, as they say, is history.

    The second was that there was no definition provided for the words ‘clinical need’. Since the act specifically set up the service to meet this need, that was a bit of an over sight.

    The rethink should, I would suggest, start with that definition. What is ‘clinical need’? We would, I think, find many areas of activity within the NHS which fall outside that need – as I would define it. However, you may not agree with my definition.

    For a start we should remove from all hospitals the elderly who have no medical condition (other than age) for which they can be treated. Hospitals are not care homes. Send them to . . . and there is the problem. Until these people are turfed out onto the streets, local authorities (charged with that care) would rather see the costs on the shoulders of the NHS and the easiest way to ensure that is to restrict care in the community availability thus forcing the hospitals to keep these ‘patients’. That is blackmail. So, put these folk in a taxi (or a coah if need be) and leave them on the doorstep of the Chairman of the appropriate authority together with at least one representative of the media – then we might see some action.

    Rodney Willett

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