Monday, 31 March 2014

Politicians are failing the NHS


Remember how the NHS was supposed to be 'safe' in Cameron's hands. Remember how the NHS was supposed to be 'ring-fenced' from the effects of austerity? Yes we remember. But we see an NHS starved of funds. But do the politicians care sufficiently to act?

The NHS Confederation’s survey of politicians has highlighted  that seven out of 10 MPs believe there is insufficient political will to meet the challenges facing the NHS.

Responding to the report, Dr Ian Wilson, Chairman of the BMA’s Representative Body, has said:

"The government must not risk the NHS' core value of being based on need, not ability to pay, purely because they are unwilling to take action and make the changes they admit are desperately needed.

"It is unbelievable that while eight out of 10 politicians agree change is essential, almost seven out of 10 say there is insufficient political will to allow this to happen.

"The reality is that the NHS is under intense pressure from a combination of rising patient demand and declining funding. Politicians must confront these challenges head on in order to ensure we can continue to deliver a high standard of care while remaining free at the point of use.”

We have been here before. It is no coincidence that the last time the Tories were in power the NHS was failing patients with unnecessary reform - remember the internal market? 

Cameron said there would be no top down reform of the NHS. He broke that promise!

Osborne and Cameron said the NHS would be ring-fenced. They broke that promise. The NHS has faced billions of pounds of cuts. It is not the NHS that is failing. It is the politicians  


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