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