NHS at 60. What about NI?

Update. Credit where it’s due. BBC News tonight published a comparison of the four health services – and NI comes out quite well. You’d think the Executive would make more of it.

I’m glad to see some signs of life in Dundonald House about the Health Service, after all the fanfares in England that greeted the launch of an “NHS Constitution” increasing patients’ rights. Whether this was in stealthy response to Slugger’s goading, I can’t say. They would never admit it and I would never be so bold as to claim influence with your governors. Sadly, Michael McGimpsey and the DHSS have taken one small step only, mainly about structures we already know about, and platitudes. Nothing so daring as a new charter of patients’ rights. Whether it’s better than nothing remains to be seen.

The BBC’s special reporting of the NHS at 60 has been influenced just a little by their new rule to reflect departures in S,W, and NI from the English norm.
I caught a little pan-UK round-up of health centres in the BBC News Channel this morning, headed by Mark Simpson in Belfast and then on to Wales etc.
Scotland gets a look-in in their NHS at 60 special webpage but as far as I can make out, it’s blanks only for W and NI.

The lutta continua!

  • ulsterfan

    Not one comment on this important subject.
    Let me say THANK YOU to NHS for all the attention given to me and family members.
    Perhaps we take it for granted.

  • Different Drummer

    It was good to see that every Dr has his price which is now almost three times that of a Nurse.

    Most of the increase in spending has gone on huge ‘incentives’ for the officer class of the NHS while the majority of NHS workers’s wages are frozen. (3% over two years is not a pay rise as it can’t now keep up with inflation).

    The next struggle will be to expand the new super clinics to proper local hospitals – which is what we used to have before they were closed by Denis Healy.

    The Newsnight special was a close reading of how the new fast tract ’emergency’ system was being misued for non-serious issue of eye surgery, which was actually not carried out by NHS staff but by the private sector paid out of the public purse. The desigation ‘Emergency’ was used so that the cost would be carried by the tax payer for these *elective* proceedures.

    In other words it is an inversion of the old fifth form game of ‘who has the most need gets the treatment’ now it is who has the most greed – and the most vanity.

    More form panorama on Monday night