… and what they think of NHS “reforms” under the Labour government of our now departed Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Recently the British Medical Association (basically the Doctors’
To summarise, the results reveal that the public still want a basically free national and “socialised” health service paid for out of taxes and national insurance payments.
Let us go into some detail ...
Question 1 (the most crucial): “The NHS should continue to be funded from
Answer: 93% agree
Question 2: “The NHS should continue to be funded from
Answer: 53% agree.
And BMA policy does not agree with this stating it should be 100 % free. And I know some NHS doctors believe some services should be paid for (albeit with caveats).
So I went to talk to my workplace Cuban doctor about this. Remember that
So, at a price of £10 a test, the cost of Kezia’s weekly blood test would be £
Interpreting services, transportation services etc we certainly could not afford. It is a
The unemployed, the low incomes etc would need state support for even nominal charges.
Fortunately, for the PCT, Nanda has done away with interpreting services as I don’t imagine they come cheaper than .
The cost of her entire treatment, no. I have vague ideas from conversations with our consultant and our social worker, this will cost
Interestingly, here in our African country, there are nominal, subsidised charges for basic tests, X-rays etc. The International Dispensary Association Foundation provides the country with many low-cost medicines and medical supplies.
I earn, with a severely depreciating exchange rate, £
Onwards … I am not going to discuss each questionnaire question in the whole document … read it for yourselves
82% agree that local doctors should have a major say in how NHS money is spent locally.
75% believe that all areas of the country must provide the same set of nationally agreed NHS treatments …
I mention this one because of this BBC report of the ludicrous on Friday whereby neurological patients in north Wales can, currently zap along the motorway for an hour for treatment in Liverpool (England) but it is proposed that they should face a
The next two sections and five questions broadly concern the role of the private sector. The answers are more ambivalent, but on the whole the majority of the population do not want more private involvement. My take on the BMA’s and the public’s position is that they want the privatisation of medical services to be halted right now, it has gone far enough, whilst Tony Blair and the bitch (whoops Patricia Hewitt) wanted it taken further. We have yet to see how Gordon Brown and Alan Johnson will come out on this one.
To conclude, the BMA survey asks the public whether the Blair Labour government has improved our “socialised” healthcare system. 42% disagree, 34% agree and 24% don’t know..My reactions to this survey ,,,
1) Why is MRSA increasing in hospitals … because cleaning staff are private contractors who employ lowly-paid Philippinos who are overworked by the cheapest private contractor who imports them?
2) Why do we have presumably low-paid agency African nurses doing duty on nights because we don’t train enough
3) Why doesn’t the UK pay its NHS nurses more to retain more so that we don’t need agency nurses, and at the same time give more DFID (Department for International Development) aid to pay the African nurses more to stay in their countries and avoid the “brain-drain” out from the developing world to the developed world so widely criticised.