I love the NHS! I know I don't work within it but if I have an emergency or need medication or surgical intervention, I love the fact I can go and get help free at the point of need.
Did you know that the government wants your views on the future of the NHS?
Me neither. Apparently they do, just not enough to tell us about it.
The proposal is a bit impenetrable but here are some of the items that I fed back as, of concern, to me:
Unless I am mistaken it doesn't include 'healthcare free at the point of use' as an aim, surely that is one of the cornerstones of the NHS.
The planning is built on the basis that there are £22bn of efficiency savings available over 5 years when most pundits say £15bn maximum http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/nov/18/nhs-cannot-make-22bn-cut-sought-by-government-finance-chiefs-warn
The plan relies on our already broken GP system to keep people out of hospital and wants them to offer more out of hours services but fails to acknowledge how overstretched GPs are now (try booking an appointment for a specific day). Given the number of GP trainees has fallen, how will they staff this increase in service, even if they manage to fund it?
Very close to home for me at the moment the plan looks to provide care in the home yet doesn't mention carers at all. I know from firsthand experience how much support carers need both to provide the care and to ensure they in turn are looked after and don't fall ill.
Anyway, those are my main concerns, yours may be different. Have your say by clicking the link below
Damian is the principal osteopath at Vauxhall Village Osteopathy and Oval Osteopathy