Health sector needs a functioning labour market


In the Media

Prof. Len Shackleton writes in The Telegraph


Prof. Len Shackleton quoted in The Express

Harrison Griffiths appears on talkTV

IEA Communications Officer Harrison Griffiths appeared on talkTV and discussed why the NHS makes it difficult to efficiently allocate the UK’s healthcare resources.

Harrison said:

“All of this is a product of the fact that [the healthcare sector] is monopolised by [the state].

“The NHS actually has quite a low level of bureaucratic managers compared to other systems party because of this political talking point that says ‘why don’t we just give [money] to the nurses’,”

“There is an optimal number of managers, I don’t know what it is, I could not pull a number out for you, and nobody being honest with you would say they could either.

“It’s about the process put in place to determine the balance between managers and people on the ground, the balance between risk and healthcare payments, for the number of nurses and how much they should earn.

“I cannot and no person, no matter how intelligent they are, can tell you what the answer to those questions are – it’s about having a competitive market place to determine how much people are willing to pay and what [worker’s] value is…”

Watch Harrison’s full appearance here (1:22:22).