Erm, this isn’t investment

NHS patients could be forced to pay for their bed and board in hospital unless there is a cash injection into health services after the next election, senior managers have warned.

The NHS Confederation, which represents managers, said that without major reforms and an increase in investment, hospitals would become “swamped” with patients -while swathes of the population could be left without a GP.

Ladling more cash into the system on an ongoing basis, to pay for the food that patients receive, is not “investment”. This is to pay running costs: it is subsidy.

8 comments on “Erm, this isn’t investment

  1. By the time politicians have excluded the poor, elderly, pregnant women, nursing mothers and every other vocal minority that vote Labour all that will be left to pay will be usual suspects: the middle aged middle class and wealthy pensioners.

    As they are less likely to be using the service its unlikely that much money will be raised and I wouldn’t be surprised if it covered the admin costs.

    The upside is that paying would give the patient a right to make an unholy fuss when they get a meager plate of rubbish.

  2. BiaB: The upside is that paying would give the patient a right to make an unholy fuss when they get a meager plate of rubbish

    I think you’ve slipped your moorings!

  3. The simple fact that “senior managers” fail to understand the difference between capital costs and running costs seriously calls into question their competence.

  4. Has the NHS ever not been about to die on its arse unless we send them more cash immediately?

  5. When I was contracting at a couple of hospitals in the North West last year the canteen food was actually pretty good. Maybe loading it onto trolleys and carting it around wards does something unpleasant to it.

    And I heartily agree with SE’s comment about the lack of competence in senior managers. Any competent juniors don’t get promoted.

  6. Two words on this and pretty much any other story about the NHS and cash shortages…
    “Hitchenbrooke” and “Circle”

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