UK Obesity: Is it time for obese people to pay for NHS treatments caused by their obesity?

English: NHS logo

English: NHS logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Obesity Campaign Poster

Obesity Campaign Poster (Photo credit: Pressbound)


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Theresa May is proposing to charge health visitors for the cost of non-emergency medical cover on the NHS, so with the NHS in a state of terminal decline, perhaps it’s time for the NHS to charge for other specialized services?

Obesity in the UK is taking an increasing share of NHS budgets; surely, that’s not fair to people who take care of their diet and health?

Similarly, alcohol abuse is another enormous cost to the NHS. Why should those who drink  alcohol in moderation be penalized? Perhaps, it’s time to also time for the NHS to charge for treatment caused directly by alcohol abuse?

Any thoughts?


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Chancellor of the Exchequer, in China (with images, tweets) · hmtreasury · Storify

English: East entrance of HM Treasury Français...

English: East entrance of HM Treasury Français : Entrée Est de HM Treasury (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a truly amazing publication from the UK’s HM Treasury on the Chancellor of the Exchequer in China. This is a MUST READ article in my view. Check it out!

via Chancellor of the Exchequer, in China (with images, tweets) · hmtreasury · Storify.

What amazes me is that I thought the HM Treasury was supposed to be independently supporting the government in power? Perhaps, the true professionals have already been culled and all that’s left are the consultants and “yes- men”? This publication smells of seeking patronage and trying to please George Osborne and his cronies, massaging the news.

The reality, of course, is that the UK’s exports to China and access to massive Chinese wealth funds for inward UK investment have been severely curtailed because of David Cameron‘s foreign policy blunders.

With regard to economic policy, there has been huge economic and social damage from excessive austerity, with ineffective attention to investment, improving skills and creating jobs. The Chancellor, George Osborne, is first and foremost a political animal, with no formal education in economics, and little work experience outside politics. Osborne’s policies have largely been ideology based, rather than evidenced-based.

Add to an ineffective Chancellor, an HM Treasury that is trying to please its political masters and we have a very potent and potentially toxic cocktail.

Let me turn this to an open question:

Should the heads of UK Government departments, like HM Treasury be political appointments or independent professionals?

Any thoughts?

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