Err, yes

The grotesque underfunding of the NHS, underfunding that makes vulnerable people wait years for treatment if they live long enough to access it, is not accidental. It’s the result of many years of swingeing cuts, of ideologically driven changes to the way the NHS works, of a deliberate lack of funding for the training of health professionals, of a refusal to fairly tax corporations and the most affluent people in society to adequately fund health and social care.

Quite so.

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Quite

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It’s even worse if you’re trans: people who are trans have to wait even longer for help, which is why the suicide, self-harm and substance abuse rates in our community are so frightening.

It is possible for there to be another reason for that…..

There’s a reason people in Glasgow’s affluent West End live longer than those in the deprived East, and that reason has existed since the West End came into being: it isn’t race, it isn’t religion and it isn’t sexual orientation or gender identity.

It’s money.

Yep. People born in the East end who make money move west. Those in the west who lose it move east. Don’t forget, no one at all measures lifespan by place of birth – it’s always measured by place of death. And guess what? One reason to lose your money is bad health. This will be true whatever the health care system because some diseases, complaints, simply stop you working. Michael Marmot’s work is simply wrong to ascribe all of the health inequality to economic such. At least some economic inequality stems from that unfortunate fact of health inequality.

16 comments on “Err, yes

  1. 120 billion a year is not under-funding. NHS is a socialistic –even after some “changes” shitshow. £1500 for a £2 pot of cold cream? Fuck off Carrie Marshall whoever the fuck you are anyway.

  2. Can anyone point out the place where no matter the healthcare system poor people live longer than rich ones? Wonder why that is.

  3. It’s even worse if you’re trans:

    Ah, so we should be discouraging people in general, and impressionable, hormone-filled youts in particular, from becoming “trans”, then. I quite agree.

  4. ‘I’ve lost two friends to suicide this year.’

    Post hoc.

    ‘a refusal to fairly tax corporations and the most affluent people in society to adequately fund health and social care.’

    Kill them and take their stuff . . . you still won’t have enough money.

  5. Does anyone remember Anne Widdecombe’s input on QT some time ago? She said then that it wouldn’t matter how much money was given to the NHS, it would never be enough, until the cash and staff were managed properly.

  6. These people who constantly bang on about cuts to the healthcare budget when said budget has never done anything but spiral ever upwards, are they lying or deluded. Are they possibly applying the logic that, since our healthcare is rubbish it must be because it is underfunded? It couldn’t possibly be hopeless inefficiency that is the problem could it? My one stay in hospital should have lasted 2 – 3 days. I was kept in a whole extra week because I was having twice daily injections of antibiotics and it was apparently too difficult to arrange for me to have these as an outpatient. Once the course of injections had finished, it took a whole day to discharge me and I then had to see my GP to authorise some time off work. If this kind of waste and inefficiency is duplicated throughout the whole system, no amount of money will sort it out. Meanwhile my cat enjoys exemplary healthcare.

  7. ” If this kind of waste and inefficiency is duplicated throughout the whole system”

    It is. The entire NHS is rotten to the core. Nothing can reform it other that razing it to the ground and starting again.

  8. It doesn’t matter how many extra billions are thrown at the NHS – it never reaches the front-line services (where most people expect it to go to improve medical care).
    Because it’s a bureaucracy: those in control absorb all additional funds by expanding their……………………………bureaucracy!
    Go to any hospital: you’ll see jobsworths pushing trolleys of files around, 5 times as many “receptionists” as necessary in every department, all supposedly assisting the few harassed and overworked consultants, doctors & nurses.
    If at least two levels of “management” were eliminated and medical staff freed to do actual medical stuff, the NHS could be saved. But just increasing its budget without major restructuring will achieve nothing except more wage parasites.

  9. @Jim
    @Ed P

    +1

    Spot on

    “receptionists” – who leave at 4pm even if OPD medical staff seeing patients until 8pm. Phone unanswered, next apt can’t be made – Union rules forbid med staff doing that, thus they print “make next apt form” for admin to do next day…

    … then patient receives letter and has to phone if not suitable – round and round we go

    Furthermore, many OPDs ” We only see patients customers between 9am and 12pm”

    Privatisation of NHS is urgently needed. Opponents should be reminded Dentists (and GPs almost) are not public sector

  10. That top graph looks wrong. NHS spending, in real terms, has decreased in only one period – under the late 70s Labour government. So why doesn’t the graph show it?

    (How do I know? Because when the point was made in the 80s and 90s Labour didn’t trouble to deny it.)

  11. Aha! Apols – I think I’m wrong. If you look carefully there was a real terms reduction in the late 70s, it’s just that it’s hard to see on the scale of the graph.

  12. people who are trans have to wait even longer for help, which is why the suicide, self-harm and substance abuse rates in our community are so frightening

    Sad though it is, mentally-ill people harm, kill and substance-abuse themselves at a far higher rate than the rest of us. And this is going to happen regardless of the care offered.

    Especially if that ‘care’ involves surgical mutilation in a demented attempt to cheat reality.

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