I feel utterly disgusted by Tony Blair and his biographical ‘revelations’ that are meant to make us run, salivating to buy a copy of his new book. Freedom of information a bad thing? Gordon Brown useless and you knew it before he took up the reins as Prime Minister? Is it possible for Britain’s smarmy ex-PM to be any more odious? Yes, Tony, you were a mistake, but I didn’t think the NHS was one. Okay- it employs a large number of people, and perhaps a few too many managers. Andrew Lansley is not doing things by half-measures which I intrinsically appreciate. BUT – when I read that PCTs and SHAs have been axed and GPs have been left to sort something out for themselves it felt like April Fools Day. Surprise- instead of money, your employer will now pay you in cheese.
I can’t really go on to what these changes will mean or how they will manifest as it is still a shock and, I suspect, folks with an interest in the UK healthcare system (what shall we call it…) are waiting quietly to hear what will come next.
I don’t think I agree with the following suggestion by Labour MP Grahame Morris (but might be interesting to treat this as a worst case scenario?):
Although the vast majority of GPs will earn most of their money from the National Health Service, they are effectively independent businesses with loose contractual arrangements with the NHS. Therefore, on the face of it, this government is handing billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money straight out of the NHS bank account into the hands of private organisations that will decide what services to provide for patients.
(Sorry – this was a bit political, Alan L)