Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Are the wheels coming off?

Yesterday it was pulling the plug on PFI projects. Today it's pulling the plug on recruitment schemes.

Are the wheels coming off the NHS? I think so, but don't take my word for it:
The standard of health care, despite all the millions poured in by Gordon Brown, is worse than it has ever been in my lifetime. When I started as a doctor, I could genuinely say to patients that they really did not need private health insurance. Better bed and breakfast perhaps, but the NHS still delivered. Now I tell people to keep up their BUPA payments whatever the cost. Sell your daughters into the slave trade if necessary, but do not forgo private medical insurance.
Dr Crippen


And then there's this:

Flexi-work doctor scheme 'threat'
The British Medical Association said it could end up being scrapped because of the financial crisis
or this:

GP incentive payments bear no relation to health benefits for patients?
The British Medical Journal has reported that according to research published in the Journal of Health Services Research & Policy 2006 (11: 27-31), incentive payments in the new NHS contract for primary care bear no relation to likely health benefits for their patients. In fact, the report suggests that in some cases GPs will get paid more for treatments that save fewer lives than they will for treatments that achieve better results.
And these are just stories from the last couple of hours. The NHS is out of control, of that I have no doubt.