I thank Dr Alf for re-blogging the article entitled “13,000 died needlessly at 14 worst NHS trusts“, published in the Telegraph. I am grateful for Dr Alf sharing my views below and I shall state with a response to his open question, namely:
Should the UK have a referendum on the replacement of the NHS with a best practice healthcare system based on best practice in other countries?
A Hard Look Beyond the 13,000 Needless NHS Deaths – John Gelmini
There is no need for a referendum on the NHS and if there was one the Government of the day would gerrymander the question so that the result was in favor of doing nothing or would ignore a vote for change by citing unsupportable costs.
The present system is much worse than the Daily Telegraph report suggests and it kills 120,000 people in botched operations and a further 70,000 through misdiagnosis by well-meaning family doctors.
Currently 20% of the entire NHS budget is spent on payoffs to whistle-blowers, lawyers, plaintiffs and vexatious and genuine litigants, gagging orders and tribunal awards.
Much of what is left is wasted on poor procurement practices, poor working practices and a continual failure to match nursing and medical resources to demand via MANPLAN software, flexible contracts and annualization.
The cost of the NHS to the nation is, however, much more than this but Civil Service Mandarins and government ministers of all political types ignore these costs and their implications which are profound and long-lasting:
1) We have the fattest woman in Western Europe and the 4th fattest men and we have both a diabetes and dementia epidemic which threatens the future viability of the NHS and the financial ability of County Councils Metropolitan Borough Councils, London Boroughs, City Councils and Unitary Authorities to exist at all.
This is down to the NHS’s failure to develop preventative healthcare strategies and the failure of successive Governments to bring in variable tax on foods, crack down on food manufacturers who put too much salt and sugar in food and their failure to regulate the poisons which go into our environment, food and drinking water
2) The UK medical profession is a cartel that operates as a law unto itself, and whether it is consultants at the top who deliberately create patient waiting lists and build up private patient lists or militant Trade Unionists fostering restrictive working practices by nurses, midwives and hospital staff the NHS is failing to improve standards to best in breed levels
3) Fit Notes and practices in GP’s surgeries are “malingerers and dole bludgeoners charters” that allow perfectly fit people to waste doctor’s time and extend their holidays, half terms and weekends.
About half the patients sitting in GP surgeries have no business being there and cause genuine patients to be missed for lack of time
4) 40% of the people in the UK are depressed and largely because of poor diet and drinking on an empty stomach which causes essential vitamins to be removed from the body, particularly Vitamin D.
Prozac, Seroxat and other drugs are prescribed for the resultant depression and the wizard Civil Servants and Government Ministers see the benefits in the form of VAT and drug and alcohol sales but fail to count the cost to the economy which is £100 billion gbp in lost days from work, lowered Corporation Tax take, lost productivity (we are now 16% behind the average for the G7) and the growing trade gap which has existed since 1982 and has been financed on smoke,mirrors and borrowed money
a) Scrap the present system forthwith, using France, Germany and Italy to create the dynamic model blueprint
b) Put Rife machines to German standards in all cancer wards
c) Variable tax on foods and new requirements on food manufacturers to stop adulterating it with chemicals, sugar, salt and poisons
d) Make people responsible for their own health and ensure that they eat properly and take vitamin supplements ,exercise and sleep properly
e) Pay doctors to keep people well rather than just treat the sick and manage patient lists
f) Merge the Adult Social Care and NHS budgets put surplus council workers involved in Adult Social Care to the sword