Kate Andrews does the paper review on BBC News
On the NHS cancelling all emergency operations:
Kate argues that we need to scrap this idea that the NHS is the envy of the world, particularly when you have consultants coming out and saying that the provision is comparable to that of a third world country. When you look at international comparisons the NHS tends to rank in the bottom third. If we’re actually going to fix this problem, we need to address the issues with the current system. One that is fundamentally based on rationing doesn’t work and inevitably lead to situations that we are seeing at the moment with operations being cancelled.
Further IEA Reading: Universal Healthcare without the NHS
On health tourism:
Kate argues that this story wreaks of anti-immigration sentiment, when there is complaint about £16million being spent on health tourists versus £1 billion being lost from missed appointments. We actually now have a record number of Britons flying abroad to access healthcare now, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
On a the UK joining a Pacific trading bloc:
Kate makes the point that this could be one of the trading blocs the UK joins and this has had a lot of bi-partisan support. This could be helpful, but it’s not the main event as the priority for the UK at the moment is to secure a trade deal with the EU.
Further IEA Reading: Much to Gain and Little to Fear from a US-UK Trade Deal
On rail fare hikes:
Kate argues that if you have a system like the ones in Europe where you have more taxation going to subsidise commuters, what often happens is that people on the minimum wage or are poorer end up topping up those who are commuters who tend to be richer.
Further IEA Reading: Without Delay: Getting Britain’s Railways Moving
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