Opinion: Public health commissioning in the NHS 2014 to 2015 ex Publications GOV.UK – John Gelmini

Dr Alf talks about spin and weasel words but having read the NHS document I am no clearer as to what has really changed or how the various outcomes are to be achieved.

The money talked about(just under £2 billion gbp) is being supplemented by Lottery money and Petroleum Revenue Tax but we are led to believe that what is stated in the document is the entire story.

UNLIMITED AND GROWING DEMAND

The NHS is demand led at the point of need and the public expect more and better delivery as their expectations of the medical profession rise every year.

Even with reform or replacement the UK healthcare system will fail because people expect to be able to down huge quantities of alcohol, smoke cigarettes, eat microwaved food, fish and chips, skip meals, take little or no exercise, take recreational drugs (in many cases), engage in bizarre and unusual sexual practices, go without sleep, live alone, become stressed and remain in good health.

If they become unhealthy through living like this and not heating and lighting their homes properly they expect the NHS to treat them and resolve their problems.

LACK OF PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

People in the UK do not in the main take any responsibility for their health and the worst offenders and are malingerers cluttering up GP surgeries with non-existent ailments ,depression and problems that they should deal with themselves.

This has to change so that demand can be brought into line with what the NHS can actually deliver under present circumstances which is also unsatisfactory.

MORE OBVIOUS REMEDIES

After that we need to see:

–Food seen as medicine not as something to be treated as an unaffordable cost

–Hospital Consultants brought under control and made to work solely for the NHS rather than lining their pockets at the expense of paying patients in NHS beds or their private practices who are treated first in order to create long waiting lists

–GP contracts need to be renegotiated and malcontents sacked and replaced

–The BMA needs to be brought to heel or de-recognised as does the Royal College of Surgeons,the Royal College of Midwives and the NHS Trades Unions

–NHS Managers need to be reduced to just 4 layers and NHS Trusts need to be reduced to an optimum number ,say 15 for the whole country or 14 in the unlikely event that Alex Salmond gets an independent Scotland

–Merge the Adult Social Care and NHS budgets and remove duplication

–Create Kaiser Permanente Healthcare Apps

–Remove sugar,salt and harmful chemicals from food, the built environment, farming , power supply, aircraft fuel, plastics and mobile phones

–Variable taxes on foods

–Rife Machines in all cancer wards(as in Germany)

–Vitamin supplementation and other measures to boost immunity and testosterone rather than more drugs

–More Ayuvedic and Chinese medicine to stop minor ailments getting worse and act as a way to cure serious conditions without the need for commissioning expensive clinical procedures

–Use the ESD Toolkit as an aid to early intervention

–Make private medical insurance premiums fully tax deductible

–Greater use of nurse practitioners and Expert systems

COMMISSIONING

After demand and cost reduction, smart procurement, NHS radical reform, the outsourcing of non-core services and the inculcation of more personal responsibility in the minds of the public we will still have the genuinely ill, injured and afflicted who despite smaller numbers will need care and treatment.

For standard or simple treatments this should be done by GPs on-line and by telephone and in consultation with consultants for more expensive and complex ones.

STANDARDS

The NHS should be benchmarked against German, French and Italian healthcare with Lean /EFQM as the non negotiable standards.

NHS Mobile MRI Scanner Unit

NHS Mobile MRI Scanner Unit (Photo credit: kenjonbro)

John Gelmini

 

Enhanced by Zemanta

Opinion: Jeremy Hunt accused of keeping parliament in dark over NHS plans ex Guardian – John Gelmini

Jeremy Hunt MP talks PSB at the LSE

Jeremy Hunt MP talks PSB at the LSE (Photo credit: cowbite)

Dr Alf raises interesting points and has touched on another which he has not blogged about.

To begin with, Jeremy Hunt is between a cleft stick.

If he announces his plans in advance as Andrew Lansley did, he will find that the Guardian and the medical profession will, once again, scupper his reforms with the assistance of the BBC and NHS managers who should have been put to the sword years ago.

Cameron knows that A&E are about to implode but neither he not Jeremy Hunt is prepared to face down GPs and get the BMA/NHS contract renegotiated.

He and Jeremy Hunt also know that this is going to be one of a series of much colder and wetter winters due to Global Cooling, a phenomenon they cannot admit to having told us the opposite for years and having had access to reports on the matter for each of the past 8 years.

This, combined with an increasingly elderly and frail population, sky-high heating bills, and a poor GP appointments system puts all the pressure on A&E.

The Government cannot admit to any of this so you get spin from the Department of Health, lies and obfuscation rather than action.

Dr Alf can see what is wrong instantly and calls it an Omni-shambles; I see it as that and as something with a possible silver lining in that once the A&E does implode, along with much of the NHS, then action will have to be taken, and the NHS will have to be replaced or reformed but not by the people who caused all the trouble in the first place.

In addition, we can then finally have an adult but tense conversation with the UK public about greater personal responsibility for healthcare, diet and exercise, preventative medicine,vitamin supplementation and harmful chemicals in foodstuffs , the built environment, fertilizers, water and household products.

 John Gelmini

Enhanced by Zemanta