Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Flawed ideology drives the NHS reforms

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3076 (Published 18 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3076

Not flawed: wrong.

The intellectual rigour implicit in the NHS "reforms" can be judged
from David Cameron's recent renewed support for Andrew Lansley. While once
again repeating that our health outcomes were deficient, he fell back on
the argument that prevention will reduce costs. This is what was thought
at the inception of the NHS in 1948. It didn't then, and it won't now.

But ideology doesn't depend on evidence or logic; ideology is based
on ideas and ideals. So the ideology isn't flawed; it's wrong. Or, at
least, I disagree with it.

Competing interests: No competing interests

23 May 2011
Neville W Goodman
Retired Anaesthetist
Bristol, BS9 3LW, UK