NHS in crisis despite extra billions28th February 2007
The government has pumped billions of extra funding into the NHS but PCTs are cutting services to address huge deficits. Channel 4's Dispatches asked Where did all the money go?
NHS funding has almost tripled in the past five years, said journalist Liam Halligan, but has it all been invested wisely?
Through its own investigations, the programme revealed operations were delayed and even cancelled by PCTs desperate to balance their books. Clinicians talked about how new IT systems could undermine patient safety and meddling management and pressure to hit government targets was delaying lifesaving treatments.
Two leading NHS cancer specialists claimed delays in radiotherapy treatments given after surgery posed real threats to patients, but had been ignored by cancer targets aimed at reducing waits for initial consultations and first treatment.
The programme also looked at why GPs have seen their salaries increase when their new contract frees them from 'out-of-hours' cover.
The cost of the new NHS IT reforms had increased to four times the original estimate, and now stand at £12bn. But new systems introduced under the reforms were being ignored by clinicians. Dispatches reported GPs were finding the new Choose and Book system awkward and some refused to use it.
Clinicians also claimed software used for child vaccination programmes could put children’s health at risk.
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Nicholas Dynes Gracey
Friday 2nd March 2007 @ 12:17
"Channel 4's Dispatches asked Where did all the money go?" ... So when are the NHS going to trial, a low cost, cancer treatment that can make Patients healthier? [that has been available for more than 10 years to every Primary Care Trust].
Alternative Medicine, The UK Human Rights Act 1998 [Article 2 'Everyone's right to life shall be protected by law'] and the requirement for our NHS to offer 'choice' in respect of any reasonably available, life protecting, health remedies...
"The Breuss Cancer Cure" [ISBN 0-920470-56-4] available, since 1996, from bookshops worldwide & online [and is free, at libraries, in every NHS district] ... Quoting Rudolph Breuss at page 2 of the book [which includes a specific chapter on leukaemia] "...How many people have benefited from the Breuss treatment? To be on the conservative side, I estimate that up to 1986 about 40,000 patients who had cancer or other seemingly incurable diseases regained their health. If cancer research organisations and orthodox medicine were with me, instead of against me, perhaps the success rate would be in the millions by now...".
Please discuss, in relation to hc2d.co.uk quote: "...Two leading NHS cancer specialists claimed delays in radiotherapy treatments..." and The Prime Minister's recent comment to The Northern Echo: "We fully understand the worries of individual parties, but it is important that the NHS is guided by experts. That's why we set up the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (Nice) to advise the NHS on what drugs it should use." and the question as to: When, since 1996 [over 10 years ago] the Breuss '42 day' liquidiet treatment has ever been offered to cancer Patients [by our NHS] during more than [10 x 365] '3,650 days', since initial diagnosis, of cancer, in thousands of Patients in every PCT throughout the UK? i.e. Providing Patients the choice of protecting their own lives at a cost, to our NHS, of less than £100 for the 42 day treatment; Warm thanks, Nicholas Dynes Gracey, BSc(Hons) Medical Biochemistry, Birmingham University, UK
Charlotte Peters Rock
Monday 5th March 2007 @ 14:26
I think its time to look carefully to see how much money, which should be going towards healthcare is actually going to dubious leeches of solicitors to cover the backs of those who make mistakes or indulge in deliberate malpractice.
I do not only mean doctors and nurses in this but also Directors and other staff of Trusts.
The cover up in respect of my father's death, must have cost them a lot over the last three years. It is still ongoing.
Friday 9th March 2007 @ 13:50
Some of the money will go on people from other countries, coming to this country purely for medical reasons, then going back to their own country without paying a penny.
It is well known in hospitals that women go to our hospitals to have their babies, and by the time the baby has been delivered, the people are well gone and more than likely untraceable to charge them. There are also all the illegal immigrants who will still use the NHS without paying. This is not talked about.
I worked in hospitals for a long time, and was informed of this happening. If you check any hospital you will find this happening, which will cost the NHS a great deal of money every day. I am not saying this is the only reason, but is a contributory factor.
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Title: NHS in crisis despite extra billions
Author: Carol burns
Article Id: 2135
Date Added: 28th Feb 2007