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

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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

China’s aging population exceeds 200 million – People’s Daily Online

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Citing new evidence, China’s People’s Daily reports that by the end of 2014, China’s population of 60 years of age and above reached 212 million, accounting for 15.5 percent of the total population, making China the country with most aging population in the world.

Source: China’s aging population exceeds 200 million – People’s Daily Online

Unlike Anglo-Saxon countries, like the UK & America, the young in China know that they have an obligation to look after their parents and grandparents in old-age. It used to be the same in Southern Europe but excessive austerity has left many young people without work and the elderly to poverty.

In Anglo-Saxon countries, by comparison, too many young people are looking to their parents and grandparents to finance their education and buy them their first home.

I sense that the millenials in the Anglo-Saxon countries are too soft and that the Chinese model will ultimately provide more well-honed ambition. For further evidence look to the record number of white middle-aged American males who drink to excess, depend on drugs or commit suicide.

Perhaps, the answer is bringing back national service to toughen up young Anglo-Saxons?