By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON
A good friend of mine has recently developed a degenerative neurological condition, cause as yet unknown. She has gone private because, on the NHS, she would have had to wait until June to be seen by a neurological specialist.
So, when a secondary school teacher who has paid into the NHS for her entire working career, comes to need timely medical help, she has to pay for it again, with no insurance cover. That’s not good enough and it is just one instance of where the reasonable expectations of hundreds of thousands of individuals are not being met by a defaulting healthcare system.
The NHS has been overwhelmed by our expectations – it wasn’t designed to do what we are now asking of it, and it’s time it was abandoned, to be replaced by a system underpinned by private health insurance. This would give government no excuse but to meet the social care responsibilities it is presently shirking, and so reduce the mounting pressure on primary health services.
Many other countries have equitable healthcare systems based on private health insurance, and which give protection to disadvantaged people and those on low incomes.
We can be proud of all the NHS has achieved for the nation, just as we can be proud of Nelson’s ‘Victory’, but perhaps it’s time to take the NHS out of service. Better to have it in dry-dock than see it sink with all hands – crew and passengers alike.
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