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The NHS religion is dying as the health service’s failures become too terrible to ignore

by Ozva Admin

Things don’t look or feel so good in Blighty right now. They are depressed and depressing, broken and broken, dreary and grey. Jeremy Hunt Fall Statement portends a future of eternally higher taxes and the lazy atmosphere of state dependency and reluctance that accompanies them. Inflation is skyrocketing and everything seems not to be working as it should.

Well, not everything. Even if food in general is getting more expensive, the marketplace has never seemed like a better mechanism for delivering what people want, when they want it. Sure, there’s an odd shortage, right now, of eggs, thanks to the ravages of bird flu. Yes, there can be frustrations over, say, canceled online deliveries, as even retailer supply chains have trouble attracting and retaining staff.

But overall, supermarkets remain a marvel of the capitalist world. As we saw when much of the rest of the economy shut down during the pandemic, they’re incredibly good at bringing stuff in. They are agile, resourceful and flexible.

I wish the same could be said of the NHS.

Not so long ago, people would say that the health service He was the “envy of the world”. No more. It increasingly manages to combine the worst of old world bureaucracy with the worst of new world technological confusion and malfunction. And the results are no longer attractive, and certainly not a source of pride: they are deadly, terrifying, and unacceptable at a time when we are being washed away by even higher taxes.

A report from last week from the Institute for Fiscal Studies made for some sobering reading. Despite receiving billions more from taxpayers, the NHS in England he is making fewer appointments and operations than before the pandemic. There is a waiting list of 7.1 million patients that seems destined to continue to lengthen. It grows ever bleaker, inefficiencies and failures compounded by an aging population, kept alive in part by what was once good care for all.

More money goes less and less far, and the pandemic is no longer an excuse; in fact, the pandemic has led to increased funding that is bringing less benefit to patients. Between January and September 2019, the NHS performed 12.4 million treatments, such as cataract removal and hernia operations. This year, such operations are down 5 percent; however, the NHS budget increased from £123.7 billion in 2019-20 to £151.8 billion in 2022-23.

The situation is increasingly difficult to defend, because so many lives and loved ones are being put at risk.

The consequences of the failure of the health service are now also cascading down. I called my old trusted dermatologist the other day about a new mole (I’d never get the regular checkups my complexion requires on the NHS so I’ve paid for this for a long time) and was told the wait would be until Christmas. It was the first time in more than two weeks to get an appointment, because, the medical secretary explained, the waits on the NHS are so bad now that a whole new wave of people, worried they might have melanoma, have decided to go in private.

In fact, the number of people who rely on private healthcare while paying for the NHS is clearly on the rise. In a survey of 3,466 adults, YouGov found that 31 percent of people found it difficult to access health care during the pandemic, and of those, 12 percent went private. Around 13 per cent of Britons now have health insurance. The IPPR think tank found that the share of GDP spent on private healthcare rose from 0.54 percent in 1980 to 2.33 percent in 2020.

And no wonder Last week, the IFS confirmed what those not completely blindsided by the NHS’s now-deadly founding religion already know: it doesn’t need more money, which it now only knows how to splurge on. It needs reform.

Maybe we are at the point where it could actually happen. It is clear that a two-tier system is already in full swing, with more and more people willing, indeed forced, to pay for private medical care simply to be able to live with the minimum degree of relief, safety and protection commensurate with the life in a developed nation.

Sooner or later, something will have to give. And it will not be so terrible. On the contrary. Take a look at how things work in the 21st century thanks to free markets. This is not the 1970s, where the then-mild botch of the health service was only in line with the inefficiency and the waits and the erratic service of everything else.

Now, from phone companies to supermarkets, people are accustomed to a high level of customer service and companies quickly adapting to their needs. While hospitals did indeed close their doors to non-Covid patients during the pandemic, it was hard not to admire how our supermarkets managed with agility, correcting shortages quickly and froideur, and keeping us well-stocked and well-fed despite the unprecedented obstacles and uncertainty.

Healthcare is more complicated and more emotional than retail, but that doesn’t change the fact that the NHS is infrastructurally, culturally, financially, technologically, economically, administratively and professionally bankrupt. Just one of those crisis areas would be enough to sink a private organization.

We need a universal healthcare system. We can’t have people dying or scared or having health problems because they can’t afford to get treatment. But we need a different system than the one we have now. The NHS will never “go private”, at least not in my lifetime, but it will soon have no choice but to try to look more like a private company. And more people might support that than NHS propagandists like to think.

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