Opinion – The UK’s healthcare spending fell as a share of GDP from 9.8% 2013 to 9.6% in 2017 – whereas the percentage rose for four of the remaining six G7 countries – via ONS

An excellent article published by ONS, highlighting the UK’s deplorable trend on healthcare spending. Combine austerity with bureaucracy and inefficiency, along with Government’s failure to reform and the effectiveness of UK healthcare is a disgrace.

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Ninety children taken into care each day, figures show – BBC News

Here’s an alarming story with deeply biased reporting from the BBC. It reports that the number of looked-after children reaches a record high, with 90 taken into care every day last year.

Source: Ninety children taken into care each day, figures show – BBC News

Reading the story quickly, it’s easy to come away with the conclusion that the negative trend is because of the government’s austerity policies. It ignores that some local authorities have been more effective than other in introducing effective cost reductions, rather than cuts to quality and service.

There is also room for concern about the concistency of quality of service from care workers. There’s a worrying public sector trend of laying off the most experienced staff who also happen to be the most expensive. Government bean-counters will look to the cost per employee but are oblivious to the quality of the deliverable.

Then there’s context. Why have the numbers deteriorated? Is it to do with the lifestyles of their parents and guardians?

It’s a shame that the BBC, once the gold-standard is now so biased.

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