The National Health Service, But For How Much Longer?

1480 Words Jun 15th, 2015 6 Pages
The NHS, as we have known it since its establishment by the post war labour government in 1948, is being transformed before our very eyes. For the first time, hospitals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, opticians and many other medical professionals were brought together under one organisation to provide services free at the point of delivery.
The central principle was that health services will be available to all and financed entirely from taxation and it has been an article of faith in British politics ever since. Since then it has been at the heart of all political manifestos to vow that the NHS is "safe" and would not be "privatised".
Privatisation, however, is a
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The successful bidder will be the one that gets the different parts of the NHS to work together so that patients are treated as soon as possible. The competition will deliver new thinking and NHS patients will benefit.
Competition can also put patients at the heart of the NHS. Numerous polls show patients value their right to choose which hospital to go to and what treatment they receive. Yet without competition patients would have to "like it or deal with it" and the choice of alternative healthcare will remain the privilege of the rich who can afford to buy their way out of the system.
Opponents of competition argue that it will fragment NHS services. They argue that those services are already fragmented, which is one cause of the current crisis in A&E admissions. The Bedfordshire initiative shows that competition can join up NHS services, to the great benefit of patients.
However, when markets are introduced into healthcare provision, providers chase income, costs soar, health outcomes suffer, fraud increases, and the system of universal care coverage collapses.
The public need only look at what 's happening to out-of-hours care already - a stream of scandals which is epitomised by the current A&E crisis. Blaming this on NHS "fragmentation" is quite extraordinary. The privatised service, with less qualified staff to cut costs, has seen an increase of 50% in the rate of calls referred to A&E since 2010.
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