And while many people support the ring-fencing of the NHS to protect it from the impact of government spending cuts, there are real concerns that while other areas of government are squeezed to within an inch of their lives, the NHS is allowed to get away with this sort of gratuitous overspending.
It's not going to take many headlines like this before George Osborne starts to seriously consider whether the NHS deserves such generous protection after-all.
30. Jeremy Hunt: MP for South-West Surrey. Received a donation to his office of £3,000 in June 2012, just under 3 months from when he was made health secretary, from U.S-based hedge fund CEO Andrew Law. Mr Law is the CEO of Caxton Associates who as of November 2011, owned a market value of $217.659 million in healthcare. Andrew Law has given £231,530 to the Conservative party, all but £3,000 of this in 2012. Electoral Commission
The government says NHS is one of the most generous systems in the world and is also "open to abuse, by those intent on cheating the system"
The realities of universal health care are starting to crash down around on people in the UK, it was never sustainable.
Originally posted by Freeborn
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"eliminate the huge amounts of waste and over-pricing etc and regain it's emphasis on providing medical care to the people of this country rather than generating profit for major pharmaceutical companies and other related businesses
Originally posted by Freeborn
We have a Health Secretary who described the NHS as a '60 year mistake'
It's been an amazing privilege working as a family doctor. I am trusted with the long-term care and health of sometimes four generations, and I have tried to help with their most intimate and complex problems, sometimes shared only with me. It's the best job in medicine, and the NHS was the best place to practice.
So why am I retiring early? Because for several years I've fought the dismantling of the founding principles of Bevan's NHS and on 1 April I lost. That was the day the main provisions of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 came into effect. On Wednesday night, a last-gasp attempt in the House of Lords to annul the part pushing competitive tendering sadly failed.
The democratic and legal basis of the English NHS and the secretary of state's duty to provide comprehensive health services have now gone, and the framework that allows for wholesale privatisation of the planning, organisation, supply, finance and distribution of our health care is now in place.
It was almost two years ago that whistleblowers exposed the failings of the privatised out-of-hours GP service run by Serco in Cornwall. Yesterday, finally, they were vindicated. The powerful parliamentary public accounts committee summoned Serco and the NHS body responsible for commissioning them, the Cornwall primary care trust, and gave them the roasting they deserved for a culture of "lying and cheating" and for "shocking" inadequacies in writing and monitoring the contract. The committee had asked the National Audit Office to report on the service after revelations in the Guardian. Members from all parties were excoriating in their judgment of Serco's behaviour and the inability of the trust to hold the company, which has £2.4bn of public-sector contracts in the UK, to account.
Whitehall contracts running into billions of pounds are being urgently reviewed after the Government disclosed that two major firms had charged the taxpayer to monitor non-existent electronic tags, some of which had been assigned to dead offenders.
Staff, deeply concerned that the service was an accident waiting to happen, went first to their managers, then their unions and professional bodies, and to the commissioner – and got nowhere. They went to local Lib Dem MP Andrew George, who asked the company and the trust to investigate but was fobbed off. They went to the regulator, the CQC, but it said it had no jurisdiction until a rule change in 2012 that required out-of-hours services to register with it. The strategic health authority, responsible for the trust until both were abolished in the coalition's upheaval of NHS structures, told MPs it didn't really do monitoring of out-of-hours services, that was the trust's business, even if the trust was failing.
The contract between Serco and the local NHS commissioners remains, outrageously, confidential, and freedom of information requests to have it released have been refused, as they are routinely in other privatised deals with public services. In this climate of secrecy, how can private companies be held to account?