Millions who exercise choice every day to find an electrician, book a holiday or buy a coffee seem incapable of understanding that unleashing competitive forces in health would mean improved productivity and better service.
writes Iain Martin in today’s Sunday Telegraph. What utter nonsense. Health care is a basic human right and the most efficient and fairest way for it to be provided is not through ‘competitive forces' which mean the rich get a better service and the poor often get none- but by a state run national insurance system. Isn’t it amazing that at the same time more and more Americans, fed up with the iniquities of their expensive, private insurance based system are demanding a free at the point of use national health care system, free market ideologues in Britain are demanding an end to a health service which is the envy of the world?
The problems which have affected the NHS in recent years (such as MRSA) are due to a deterioration of standards caused by the hiving off to the private sector of basic hospital functions, such as cleaning and catering. We don’t want more private sector involvement in health care- we want less. Much less.
Despite recent misguided reforms, the NHS is one of the few things in Britain that actually works. Unlike our privatised railway system which is the most expensive- and inefficient in the developed world. Remember, the very same people who are urging for ‘unleashing competitive forces in health’ were saying exactly the same thing about our railways fifteen years ago.