NHS may be forced to abandon free healthcare, Britain's top doctor says
Prof Sir Bruce Keogh said there needed to be less reliance on hospitals in order to preserve free healthcare, but denied suggestions of a crisis
“This will open up a whole series of discussions about whether the NHS is fit for purpose, whether it’s affordable, and whether the compact with the citizen of free healthcare for all is sustainable in the longer term.”
However he denied that key NHS services are in crisis, despite accident and emergency waiting times being at their worst since records began a decade ago.
He said: “Everybody that’s working out there in the NHS knows that they’re under a lot of pressure at the moment. They don’t like the term ‘crisis’ being applied willy-nilly.
“It’s an evocative term which is also provocative and is used too freely for the wrong reasons. It’s a period of unprecedented pressure, of undue pressure. But the NHS is facing very difficult times, yes. The word ‘crisis’ implies that you can’t deal with it.”
NWN: When 'they' allow every year enough immigrants into the UK to populate a small city, and cut back on NHS spending, then there will be problems. The tories want to sell off parts of the NHS to their friends the bankers and capitalist sharks leaving only the areas that won't make money. And thus destroying the NHS.
Will the NHS exist under the 3 main parties for much longer ?
We don't think so !