Monday, June 6, 2011

Scotland vs England: Private Sector & Competition

The Cockroach Catcher is not the only blogger that has been saying that introducing competition to the NHS is not necessary going to improve quality of care. It is obvious that very close to England they have the same idea.

Private Sector involvement will only mean one thing: there will be less money for patient care. 

David Cameron, if you are genuine about “no privatization of the NHS”, please write it into law as they have done in ScotlandThe public will see it that politicians want to benefit themselves or their donors. You can prove them wrong, legislate. That is the only way the public will believe you!

Southern Cross is the clearest warning about what could go very wrong. Money people have no morals: business is business!!!

Turn back now before it is too late. At the end of the day money means little to you as your family have enough anyway. It is far better for your grand children to be proud of you and say: my Grandpa saved the NHS. 

Photo: PA

HEALTH Minister Nicola Sturgeon is planning to close a legal loophole that allows private companies to run GP practices.

The Glasgow MSP is looking for an early legislative opportunity to ensure that only traditional providers can run local health services.

She is also unlikely to provide more public funding next year for an independent treatment centre in Strathcaro, Tayside, a further sign of the minister's hostility to private sector involvement in the NHS.

………"Our approach will be to build NHS capacity. I do not see the stimulation of private-sector competition as being in the interests of the health service."

A spokesman for the Scottish government said: "We have made clear our commitment to an NHS rooted firmly in the public sector. Our strategy for health, Better Health Better Care, sets out to pursue an investment strategy that builds public sector services supported by the use of the voluntary sector and the social economy."

A spokesman for trade union Unison said: "We would welcome any plan to stop private firms cashing in on GP surgeries, something Unison argued against when the legislation was first introduced. "We urge the cabinet secretary to plug this gap as soon as possible."

Dr. Charles H. Mayo and Dr. William J. Mayo

Remember Dr William J. Mayo:

“The best interest of the patient is the only interest to be considered, and in order that the sick may have the benefit of advancing knowledge, union of forces is necessary…it has become necessary to develop medicine as a cooperative science.”

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