Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

News Roundup [abridged Versions Appear In The Paper Journal]

Reform group calls for shake up in NHS funding

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 06 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:813

Rapid Response:

NHS funding

Why is anyone still giving space to proposals for insurance-based
care? The Treasury has rejected it under every government, so has the
Wanless Report, so does the BMA, simply because it is the most costly and
least efficient way to deliver. If everyone is included at all levels of
risk, and we all agree to help our fellow citizens when they need it, why
waste from 25 to 50% of the cost on administration and (if private sector
insurance is involved) profit for shareholders?

Our country was on its knees in 1948, but still we voted to be
members one of another, and our brothers' and sisters' keepers. Who dares
to say now that we can no longer afford this? That English NHS hospitals
can now keep afloat only by opening private wards is no fault of the
voters, who have never voted for such a return to barbarism, nor will they
in the future: which is why no major party has so far dared to give them
the choice.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 April 2006
Julian T Hart
research fellow Swansea University Clinical School
Swansea University Clinical School SA2 8PP