2 thoughts on “Plurality in healthcare provision is integral to patient choice”

  1. Posted 16/10/2014 at 21:09 | Permalink

    This is misguided and takes no account of real life

    GP,s are not trained in the evaluation of and negotiation of large population based healthcare contracts This is why the have to expensively employ management consultants

    Private providers have received guaranteed payments for medical work even when patients have not taken up their services this is grossly unfair

    Private providers are often technically poor as the recent Taunton eye contract fiasco and the poor results from the Circle health Huntingdon contract demonstrate

    As modern hospital medicine is technically complicated it is expensive in both equipment and staff to have the spare capacity that is necessary for choice

    It would be far better for senior hospital staff to focus relentlessly on raising healthcare standards rather than chasing artificial contracts

  2. Posted 29/10/2014 at 13:54 | Permalink

    Anonymous

    “it is expensive in both equipment and staff to have the spare capacity that is necessary for choice”

    Spare capacity is expensive, but a requirement of medicine regardless who provides it. People don’t get sick at a uniform rate, accidents don’t happen at a constant rate and babies are not born on demand. Spare capacity is required who ever is in charge.

    You cite a couple of examples you claim are evidence of private failings, the better known failings in health are within the NHS structure. Not that specific failings in one or other is an argument for anything you have to look at aggregate figures.

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