An anatomy of inclusive growth in Europe | Bruegel

This report from European think-tank Bruegel is a recommended read. It highlights that contrary to many perceptions, income inequality in the EU has fallen over the past two decades. and in the EU as a whole, and in most EU members, absolute poverty is rare and income inequality is low. It notes that strong welfare states have offered protection against inequality. However, it’s necessary to read to report because there are significant exceptions.

Source: An anatomy of inclusive growth in Europe | Bruegel

Surprisingly, more children of low-educated parents obtain a high level education in the UK & Finland than in rest of EU. I worry that pumping people through higher education should not be an end in itself. Education and training needs to be matched to demand. More importantly, the quality of tertiary education must improve against international benchmarks. Sadly, politicians have often meddled and not followed a robust strategy, so there remains enormous waste in public spending on education – it is too bureaucratic and under the influence of left-wing & liberal educators, and of course, powerful trade-unions resist change and reform.

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Opinion – Theresa May’s claim on health funding not true, say MPs | Society | The Guardian – John Gelmini

English: NHS logo

English: NHS logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

English: East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NHS Job Shop: "Working for Health" i...

NHS Job Shop: “Working for Health” in Kentish Town. Closed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Alf poses an interesting question about the so-called crisis at the NHS and the Chancellor’s response in the Autumn Statement.

What we are being told is that the NHS is striving valiantly to deal with increasing numbers of patients as the population rises and increasing numbers of elderly people whose conditions cause them to bed block and thus create bottlenecks between cash starved local authorities trying to service Adult Social Care recipients and the NHS.

This has resulted in the NHS being £30 billion GBP over budget currently and it needing to “ration services” because of “savage cuts” imposed by successive but mostly Conservative Governments.

The truth is that the NHS is and always has been rationing healthcare and has weak leadership and a cavalier attitude to taxpayers.

The immediate steps to take to bring in more revenue are to do what has been already done twice, which is to increase the price of National Lottery tickets and introduce another game with smaller prizes which people can win more often and divert all the extra money from those sales and the new game to the NHS.

Secondly to add 2 pence to the price of fuel and divert that to the NHS.

The Chancellor then needs to look at the management of the NHS and start to clear out those at the top and reduce layers of unnecessary management to just four within a structure of perhaps no more than 15 super trusts for the whole country and just one procurement body.

Interim managers, rather than Big 4 management consultants, should undertake this work without “mission creep” and without eye watering Big 4 fees although those interims should be well rewarded.

Demand needs to be looked at and people turning up at A&E drunk, injured through fighting, recreational drugs, or “on spec” because they are too idle to make a doctor’s appointment should be charged substantially.

The morbidly obese, and others who actually have nothing wrong with them such as pensioners who feel lonely and want someone to talk to, need to be made in the first case to diet and exercise or have gastric bands fitted in extreme cases. Pensioners with nothing wrong with them should be cleared out of doctors’ surgeries and prescribed Tai Chi, meditation and walking. Basically they are malingerers who clog up the system who frequently have bad diets and drink on an empty stomach.

Longer term the NHS needs to be remodelled on German, Singaporean and French lines with Adult Social Care merged into it for extreme cases, Rife machines placed in all cancer wards, fast food outlets zoned out of built up areas in cities, harmful chemicals banned from food, packaging and the environment, hospital food quality improved but charged for and chronic cases of Adult Social Care dealt with by arrangement with India if relatives were unwilling or unable to look after the elderly bed blockers at home.

John Gelmini