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Dr Ashcroft undelines the idiocy of introducing a system that is
actually more expensive than that it replaces. When we can expect a severe
tightening of the NHS belt it makes no sense whatever to waste money by
spending more when less will do.
Another example of this is PFI, which is the NHS equivalent of the
sub-prime mortgage. I fear to think of what clinical services may be
sacrificed to pay large sums of money to the banks (not that they don't
need it, but with those that have been nationalised the government will be
paying itself). Yes, we have brand new and modern hospitals and health
centres, but should we not be driving the old car into the ground if we
cannot afford a new one?
Meanwhile it seems odd that the new vision for the NHS appears to
depend on the ideas and confidence of a single person - Lord Darzi - who
does not to my eye take money into account when planning and forcing
through his blue-sky thinking ideas.