Britain’s National Health Service may be Rationing Care but one thing they have an Abundance of are Problems to Fix

Posted by PITHOCRATES - August 10th, 2013

Week in Review

Obamacare is but a waypoint on the way to true national health care.  Just like they have in Britain.  Where they’ve been doing national health care since 1948.  Which means if anyone is doing national health care right it has to be the British.  For they’ve been doing it for some 65 years.  So just how well are they doing it?  Well, suffice it to say they can make some improvements (see How many reviews does the NHS need? by Nick Triggle posted 8/6/2013 on BBC News Health).

NHS reviews are getting a bit like buses. Miss one and you don’t need to wait long for another to come round the corner.

A month ago there was the Cavendish Review into healthcare assistants, and then two weeks later the Keogh Review into mortality rates, which led to 11 trusts being put into special measures, was published.

Now it is Prof Don Berwick’s review on patient safety.

All three were commissioned off the back of the Francis Inquiry into the Stafford Hospital scandal…

The Francis Inquiry made 290 recommendations. The three follow-up reports have brought that number to almost 500 and there is still a fourth, on complaints handling, to come.

And yet there is still confusion over what the government is doing on issues such as minimum staffing, criminalising neglect, improving nurse training and introducing a robust system of oversight for healthcare assistants.

And that’s doing national health care well.  Imagine the number of recommendations if they were only starting out with national health care?  Things would probably be a lot worse without those 65 years of experience.  Something Obamacare doesn’t have.  Which probably explains why they are having so much trouble getting it up and running.

So if the left gets their way they will use Obamacare as a pathway to national health care.  Like they have in Britain.  And we, too, can expect a flurry of reports on substandard care.  And hundreds of recommendations to improve that substandard care.  Of course we could just go back to the way things used to be.  And keep health care in the private sector.  Where there may have been problems.  But there was not a flurry of reports on substandard care.  Only about people who couldn’t afford the outstanding level of quality in our health care system.  It seems such a shame to destroy the one just so you can afford to give substandard care to everyone.


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