4 thoughts on “Did underfunding cause the winter crisis on the NHS?”

  1. Posted 15/01/2018 at 23:46 | Permalink

    One answer which never gets mentioned by those virtue signalling Doctors on Twitter is wages. Wages in the NHS, for Doctors, are very high compared to Europe, that’s why so many European Doctors come here. If you pay Doctors less, there is more money for other things.

  2. Posted 16/01/2018 at 14:51 | Permalink

    unhelpful review of problems.

    Hospital sector not the only issue – also need to look at social care.

    For reference I suggest you compare hospital beds, nurses and doctors per 1000 population across different European countries.

    And as for the comment above: genius. We are short of doctors (by any measure: unfilled posts, European average, etc). Let’s pay them less. Bound to sort out the problem.

  3. Posted 16/01/2018 at 20:26 | Permalink

    Did I suggest we should pay them less? I did not, I was referring to European healthcare systems which do pay less and therefore have more money to spend elsewhere.
    Surely the doctors who ‘love our NHS’ will be happy with a 10-15% pay cut to support ‘the envy of the world’ and support funding levels which are appropriate when compared to Europe? Are British Doctors worth their excessive pay? Their results, when compared to European results, appear to suggest they are not. Surely less pay, an equal society and more money for the NHS is favoured by the left?

    You cannot be suggesting that Doctors will put pay before patients? It’s almost as if you are portraying them as virtue signaling, rent-seeking lefties expecting other people to pay and not really bothered about the NHS at all?

  4. Posted 08/02/2018 at 12:05 | Permalink

    I agree 100% with Josh B, very unhelpful and uninformed politically motivated comments. There are two major issues in our Emergency departments. Firstly, the number of frail elderly patients arriving. The failure to properly fund social care for these patients, both in their own homes and in care homes, means that more of them turn up in ED needing admission and a long stay. Secondly, reducing the funding for social care and the resultant failure to provide adequate capacity in step-down care outside of hospitals means that we cannot discharge these patients in a timely way. Hence no beds available, hence patients backing up in ED. Try plotting these decreases in funding over the last few years against the volume of patients in ED and guess what, you will see a direct correlation. Austerity is a political choice made by this government, and the constant beasting of the NHS is designed to whittle away at the public’s rightly held affection for it. The aim of this is to drive healthcare into the private sector where profit-driven organisations will cherry-pick their patients and leave the rest – the poor, the sick, the terminally ill, those with multi-morbidities – to be dealt with by an underfunded rump of the NHS. Your paymasters’ beloved ‘free market’ only works for those at the higher end of the food chain.

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