As I have been married for many years to a NHS consultant so I have refrained up till now from commenting on the NHS. These are my views below not those of my wife or 3 medic children.
The NHS is there to deliver good health care, does it do this? The outcomes comparing UK health care results with that of other advanced countries shows the NHS lagging badly. The usual explanation trotted out to explain this discrepancy is that other countries spend more per capita on heath care. This is true in some cases but cannot be the whole explanation.Click on link below
and you will see that the UK ranks around 20th in survival rates for colrectal cancer, breast cancer and cervical cancer. Roughly the same position for cardiovascular disease and slightly worse for stroke. Clearly other countries simply organise their heath care better than we do.We have an army of highly paid so called heath service managers. Why can they not match the performance of other countries?
This guides us to our solution, look at what other countries do in heath care and stop claiming the NHS is the best in the world when it clearly is not. It suits the vested interests of our heath care to parrot this slogan to justify their high salaries but British is not best in heath care just as it is not best in education where international comparisons tells the truth.
The common factor in the poor performance in our public services is the obsession with equality and political correctness. Staff are rewarded not for doing the job well, teaching, doctoring or whatever but for ticking the correct boxes. Until we change this culture it will not matter how much money we pour into health care, the results will not match the money put in.