Why reforms are destroying the essence of the NHS
The NHS will be unrecognisable in 10 years\’ time, says Bob Hudson, if the current bill succeeds – which it looks likely to do
This is the aim and contention. The contention is that the NHS needs to be changed, the aim is to change it.
To change it from a centrally planned, in fact one of the last relics of near-Stalinist planning, system where government finances and provides health care into a system whereby government finances health care and we have a mixed environment of suppliers, some government, some charitable, some mutually owned and some no doubt private for profit.
Now maybe you think that\’s a bad idea and maybe you think it\’s a good one. I think it\’s a good one, as do the people putting the plan into place. For the simple reason that what is regularly regarded as the best health care system in the world, the French one, operates in this new manner: government financing and a multiplicity of suppliers and a multiplicity of forms of supplier.
The structure of the best health care system in the world. Worth copying really.
But whether you think this is good idea or not is one thing. Expressing surprise that the NHS will be changed is another. Because this is actually the point: to change the NHS.