When it comes to the health of the NHS, there’s nothing better than a dose of reality – The Sunday Business Post
4 January 2018 | 1:05:38 The health of our NHS is under attack by a vicious circle of greed and politics, writes the former head of a leading charity.
It is a vicious cycle which is destroying the quality of life for millions.
Theresa May’s new government has declared itself the “opposition” to the current NHS in England and Wales and will seek to “cut red tape, tackle waste, cut costs and bring forward the next phase of its recovery”, according to a letter released on Friday.
The letter, addressed to all MPs and peers, is the latest attack on the health service by a Conservative government, and it comes amid rising public concern about the future of the care system.
It is a letter from the former chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, Dr Fiona Crean, to all those who represent a stake in the future, and the letters are the latest in a series of efforts by the new government to undermine the health system.
The new government will seek cuts to the NHS budget, the NHS board of governors, and to the funding of all clinical services by the end of the Parliament.
This will be done by increasing the burden on patients, increasing out-of-pocket costs and limiting patient choice, Dr Crean wrote.
“Our current system is working to meet the demands of patients and staff, but it is not working to make the NHS work for all.”
It’s not the first time that the Conservatives have taken aim at the NHS.
In December 2017, the Prime Minister announced that all NHS contracts would be terminated by 2020.
In January 2018, the Conservative manifesto pledged to “reduce the cost of GP practice”, “cut down on fees” and “bring forward the timetable for clinical commissioning groups”.
This was a direct attack on NHS patients.
Dr Crean’s letter, signed by more than 1,500 people, called for a “radical re-think” of the way the NHS is funded, and for “an overhaul of the role of the board of doctors”.
She said that in the current system “a large proportion of GP services are funded by private donors”.
The letter also called for the abolition of the National Health Service Board, which was set up in the 1970s to oversee the provision of healthcare to people living in remote areas.
“The NHS is broken and in need of fundamental reform, and a fundamental re-thinking of how it is funded,” it said.
The government is also considering “changes to the way we pay for GP services and the use of tax credits for private services”, according the letter.
It says that the proposed cuts would “impose a burden on NHS staff, and undermine patient choice and quality”.
The new Conservative government is likely to be very cautious about calling the NHS out for its failings.
However, there is an argument to be made that there is a problem with the current model of funding the health care system, and that is the funding for clinical services.
The current NHS funding model is based on the “triple lock”, where patients are charged for a certain number of services they need.
The system works well for a number of reasons, but there is evidence that it is unsustainable.
The UK has a much higher rate of obesity than most other developed countries.
Many of the poorest people in the UK are at high risk of developing obesity.
It also means that, even if the NHS could be able to provide care, it would not be sufficient.
This means that we would have to spend more money on people who are not needed.
Dr Dr Creans letter said that “we have to rethink the way health is delivered to the poorest”.
“The current system does not deliver for the poorest in society,” she said.
“It is fundamentally broken and needs a radical re-thought.”
It is clear from the letter that the Conservative Party believes that health care is not a service, but a profit centre.
It would also be an attack on workers, many of whom are part of the system.
This is not the only time that Dr Creann has spoken out on the issue of the health services.
In 2016, she criticised the current funding model and called for an “urgent review” of its funding.
The Conservatives have previously attacked the health budget and the health boards, calling them “sham charities” and criticising the funding models as “shambolic”.
It is also not the most recent time that a government has tried to undermine NHS care.
In October 2017, former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt claimed that the UK was “not the most affluent country in the world” because of its reliance on GP services.
But the Conservatives are not the last government to try to undermine our health system, as a number have sought to limit or end the NHS altogether.
The Liberal Democrats have called for NHS reforms to be “radical”.