Despite Addendums the NHS Reform Bill still faces Opposition from Health Unions and GPs

Posted by PITHOCRATES - March 18th, 2012

Week in Review

The Royal College of GPs oppose the National Health Service (NHS) reform bill.  The bill that is trying to improve the quality of health care while reducing costs.  By introducing market forces.  And reducing the bureaucratic weight of the NHS.  Which these doctors are opposed to (see BBC News: GPs offer to help with NHS change posted 3/13/2012 on BBC News Health).

The Royal College of GPs has indicated it is willing to work again with the government on implementing changes to the NHS in England, it has emerged.

The body had been omitted from talks since declaring its opposition to the Health and Social Care Bill last month.

Chief among their concerns is the government’s determination to introduce greater competition into NHS provision.

The bill aims to allow more private companies and voluntary organisations to compete with NHS providers, something critics fear could damage the health service and undermine the drive towards integration of care.

Under the plans, family doctors are expected to play a key role in managing the NHS budget…

Dr Gerada told the BBC on Tuesday: “We still want this flawed bill, this complicated, complex bill to be withdrawn.

“But we’re not politicians, we’re doctors, and it’s the 33,000 family doctors across England that are going to have to make the health service work for their patients.

“The letter to the prime minister was one of many that we’ve written to him over the last 18 months saying ‘let’s stop polarising this debate, lets see if there’s some common ground for the sake of our patients, for the sake of the NHS’…”

Other bodies opposed to the bill include the three major health unions, the British Medical Association and the Royal Colleges of Nurses and Midwives…

But Health Minister Simon Burns said: “Patients want doctors to make decisions about their care, not managers, and that is what our reforms will deliver.”

The changes would improve services for patients while saving billions in administrative costs, to be reinvested in healthcare, he said.

Yeah, right.  They’re not politicians.  It’s just coincidental that these doctors align themselves with the three major health unions.  And the union position is nothing but politics.  Because unions protect their dues-paying members.  Patients don’t pay union dues.  So the unions don’t represent their interests.  No, they represent the interests of those treating the patients.  And chief among their concerns is how is this competition that will lower costs affect the pay, benefits and pensions of their members?  Could this be what these doctors are worried about?  Their pay, benefits and pensions?  Or is that just another coincidence?

The NHS is a bureaucratic behemoth.  Where bureaucrats make health care decisions for patients hundreds of miles away.  The NHS reform is trying to put that decision-making into the hands of the doctors who actually treat their patients.  To improve the quality of care.  And lower the cost.  By making health care more about doctors treating patients.  Than maintaining a bureaucratic behemoth that provides a comfortable life for the bureaucrats running it.  While chalking up massive annual deficits.  And creating the bulk of Britain’s national deficit.  Which can’t continue.  They have to reform the NHS.  Before it drowns under its massive costs.  And takes the country with it.

We should follow what’s happening in the NHS closely.  For it’s coming our way.  Unless they repeal Obamacare.  And if they don’t things will be worse in America.  Because America is bigger than the UK.  And the US budget for health care will dwarf that of the UK.  And if the UK can’t do it after doing it for some 60 years it’s the height of arrogance for those in the U.S. to think they can do it better.  Sadly, for what government bureaucrats lack in talent and ability they do make up for in arrogance.  Which means the collapse of the American health care system will be far greater than the problems they’re trying to fix in the ailing NHS.  Because they will ignore all empirical and historical evidence that national health care doesn’t work.  For they will just say that’s because no one as smart as they are has tried it yet.

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