In the UK we have the NHS
, a shining example of Social Healthcare !
It was set up back in 1948 to offer free healthcare to all regardless of backgrounds.
It treats on average 8 Patients Per SECOND of every day of every year.
In 1948 it's budget was £437 million which would be equivalent in todays world at £9 Billion.
2008/9 NHS budget was more than £100 Billion and is forecast to hit £111 Billion this financial year.
The Budget is roughly divided up like this...........
60 - 64% is SALARIES
18 - 20% is Drugs, Medical devices, other medical supplies for procedures
18 - 20% is Buildings maintenance, equipment, training.
It employs 1.7 Million people with slightly less than HALF being Clinically Qualified....
120,000 Hospital Doctors,
40,000 General Practitioners
25,000 Ambulance Personnel.
I read today a couple of stories that made me wonder a little....
the first was this..
NHS trusts in England spent more than £300m on external consultancy services last year, figures show
If we employ managers or other staff because of their expertise then why do they then use outside agencies to sub-contract their work and then cause
additional cost ?
Do we need those managers if their skill is 'palming off' their workload elsewhere ??
Secondly was this:
Hospital consultants could see their bonuses trimmed in a review of an NHS scheme which sees some doctors receive awards of up to £76,000 a
I realize that without the skills and expertise of experienced Doctors then we are in trouble however surely they must realize that earning additional
bonuses for doing a 'little' extra or even in some cases doing the same workload cannot justify an additional £76k on top of a salary normally
approaching £100 k as well ??
Before I can shot down here... I have worked in the healthcare side and I have come across evidence of this...
My question really is this....
Can we really NOT touch the NHS or is there still alot of 'DEADWOOD' floating around that needs to be removed ??
[edit on 21-8-2010 by PurpleDog UK]