The government is flooding the market with doctors, so that it can force doctors of the future to work for poorer terms and conditions in the brave new NHS.
Good for us taxpayers though, eh?
We get cheaper doctors because there are more of them to choose from (your basic supply and demand), plus we get the additional benefit of choosing to employ the very best: sounds good to me.
This brave new privatised NHS will be bad for doctors and bad for patients, as health care is run for profit and not on the basis of clinical need.
Does Team Rant think that we should just carry on as we are? Even after the shocking Taxpayer's Alliance Report into the NHS?
Wasting Lives: A statistical analysis of NHS performance in a European context since 1981 [PDF], analyses data from the WHO to estimate the number of deaths that could plausibly have been averted by the NHS since the 1980s. The measure used is known as “mortality amenable to healthcare”. The calculations compare the UK performance to that of Germany, France, the Netherlands and Spain.
- If the UK were to achieve the same level of “mortality amenable to healthcare” as the average of the other European countries studied, there would have been 17,157 fewer deaths in 2004, the most recent year for which data is available.
- This is equivalent to over five times the total number of deaths in road accidents and over two and a half times the number of deaths related to alcohol in 2004.
- Steady improvements in mortality rates, relative to European peers, have been made at almost exactly the same rate throughout the Thatcher, Major and Blair governments despite huge increases in spending from 1999 to date. There can no longer be any doubt that the Government’s extra NHS spending has completely failed to deliver results.
- If NHS spending had continued to increase relative to European peers at its pre-1999 rate £34.3 billion – £1,350 per household – less would have been spent between 1999 and 2004. In 2004 alone, £9.8 billion less would have been spent, 9.7 per cent of total spending in that year. This extra money has largely been wasted.
Or, how about this report?
Accidents, errors and mishaps in hospital affect as many as one in 10 in-patients, claim researchers. The report in the journal Quality and Safety in Health Care said up to half of these were preventable. Checks on 1,000 cases in just one hospital found examples of fatal surgical errors, infections and drug complications.
Well, fuck me; if this is how the NHS serves us when it's run on the basis of "clinical need" then, truly, the future must be terrible indeed.
MEMO TO THE GUYS AT TEAM RANT: I am not defending the idiot lass whom you attack, but I would like to remind you that a country's health system is supposed to be there for the benefit of its patients, and not the staff working within it (although, of course, like any other business, it can do both).
Doctors get cheaper? Excellent. We have more doctors to choose from, so that we can employ the best? Even better.
We replace the monolithic NHS with a European-style system (because, as I have pointed out to you many, many times, the US system is not the only healthcare option out there) and 17,000 fewer people a year die? Absolutely fucking fantastic.
And your objection is...?