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Useful Summary of NHS problems and some possible solutions.
on 23 February 2016
For a non medical reader a useful summary of the enormous challenges facing the NHS together with a description of some of the ways in which the NHS is tackling the problems.Medical professionals are brought up to act decisively, obviously important for a surgeon needing sometimes to make immediate decisions, (but more debateable for GPs ) and so there is unusual fierce resistance to interference whether by managers or patients.Taylor argues that the NHS is the victim of its own success - modern technology is greatly increasing the treatment options (and expenses) and creating ever increasing demands from its patients. Co - underwriting costs with the patients might well moderate the pressure on the system and has I have found out often is that no one thanks you for a completely free service!
I was surprised however that he did not identify obvious ways of cutting costs while preserving the service e.g. bringing all parking services into the hospital, charging all overseas visitors and/or their countries for services rendered (the EU already has the system to do this), and
, using operating theatres 7 days a week rather than 4 days as now (as per Jerry Robinson) axing outrageous salaries and redundancy payments to senior managers, reigning in work to rule practices by porters etc. etc.