The NHS to implement a Patient Satisfaction Survey to reverse a Trend of Falling Quality Levels

Posted by PITHOCRATES - January 6th, 2013

Week in Review

Obamacare is just a stepping stone to national health care.  For the American people don’t want national health care.  Unlike the American Left.  So they plan to implement national health care with baby steps.  With Obamacare being step one.  And when they arrive at full blown national health care here is something we can expect (see GPs should be subject to patient satisfaction tests, says David Cameron by Patrick Wintour posted 1/3/2013 on the guardian).

GPs should be subject to regular patient and staff satisfaction tests in the same way as has already been proposed for hospitals, David Cameron has announced.

A “friends and family” test, in which patients and staff are asked whether they would recommend a service, is being introduced into every hospital in England from April, and the prime minister says the principle should be extended to GPs’ surgeries, district nursing and community hospitals.

Cameron and the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, have identified standards of compassionate care provided by nurses and other staff as a safe issue on which the government can campaign after the political disaster of its health reforms last year. The move follows examples of appalling treatment of patients by some staff in high-profile cases, especially involving elderly patients.

Hunt is also leading a drive to improve the treatment of dementia, which is taking up increasing NHS resources…

Cameron said: “We still have a long way to go to raise standards across the NHS and get rid of those cases of poor and completely unacceptable care that blight some hospitals and homes.

Dementia rates are exploding both in the UK and in the US.  Why?  Because we’re living longer.  For dementia was more rare when we died in our sixties.  Now that we’re living well into our eighties and beyond we’re living long enough to come down with a whole slew of expensive diseases.

Not only are we living longer but we’re having fewer babies than we once did.  The British are having far fewer babies than when they originally set up the NHS.  Which is why they’re having so many financial problems these days.  A declining birth rate means a declining tax base.  Meaning less tax revenue.  To pay for all those baby boomers living longer into retirement and coming down with all of those expensive diseases.  Fewer people entering the workforce paying taxes and more people leaving the workforce who stop paying taxes while consuming all those health care resources.  That is, an aging population.  Which means longer wait times and service rationing.  And appalling treatment of a growing number of patients.  Just like in the NHS.  As we will see for ourselves in Obamacare.  Or whatever Obamacare evolves into.

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