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A look at our NHS since 1997

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Whitewavemark2 Mon 18-Nov-19 09:34:19

The Labour Party took government in 1997 with the promise of “saving the NHS”.
During the Major years he had struggled to reverse much of the damage done by Thatcher, and although he was a constant and passionate exponent if the NHS, was largely unsuccessful in reversing much of the funding cuts inflicted on the NHS by Thatcher.

The NHS was perceived to be in crises by the time the Labour government took control in 1997.

The Kings Fund produced a progress report from 1997 to 2010 measuring progress against a number of criteria.

* Between 1997 and 2010 funding for the NHS doubled.
*progress during those 13 years had been considerable
*the NHS was high performing in a number of areas
* more people were being seen, more quickly.

A number of important achievements are highlighted, including major reductions in waiting times and rates of health care associated infections and progress in reducing smoking rates. There has been a concerted effort to implement national standards of care for major diseases across the NHS which has contributed to the continued falls in deaths from cancer and cardiovascular disease.

There are less obvious changes too, including improvements in data collection and reporting, at a national and local level. There is now far more information about performance in the public domain, accessible to patients, carers and members of the public, than ever before.

The report concluded

Despite the challenges the future holds, the next government must build on the progress made and aspire to create an NHS that can deliver quality to all patients, in all areas, all of the time.

So now let’s turn to what has happened to this progress since 1997 and whether it has been maintained over the past 10 years.

Cancer waiting times.

The Labour government had reduced the waiting time, with 85% of patients waiting no more than 62 days to first definitive treatment.

Anyone who has been unfortunate enough to have suffered from cancer like me will know how terrifying the wait is.

Between 2009 and 2014 the target of 85% was consistently reached and in most cases exceeded. So less than a total of 15% of people with suspected cancer were having to face that awful wait.

From 2014 the target was failed and has not once returned to the 85% since then. In fact it is climbing and by 2017 was consistently about 20% of people having to wait and is still climbing.

We all know that cancer success rates are related to early intervention.

I expect the NHS cancer mortality rates will almost certainly deteriorate.

Whitewavemark2 Thu 21-Nov-19 09:43:24

Corporate welfare state.

www.thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2019/11/18/the-tories-run-a-secret-welfare-state-for-rich-people-that-costs-taxpayers-up-to-180bn-a-year/

Whitewavemark2 Wed 27-Nov-19 10:54:33

BREAKING:
@jeremycorbyn
makes public unredacted documents which show Boris Johnson's government is preparing to sell our NHS. #NotForSaleEvidence of sell off

varian Wed 27-Nov-19 12:44:01

www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-nhs-trade-deal-trump-corbyn-brexit-general-election-manifesto-a9219566.html

Grany Wed 27-Nov-19 13:17:57

Daniel W #CorbynOutrider #JC4PM
@DanielWBmouth

2h
NHS Workers are now handing out unredacted copies of a report proving the Tories are selling the NHS to the US. The Tories are finished. Labour Government will fully fund the NHS #GE2019

Grany Wed 27-Nov-19 13:30:48

The Tories plan to Give AMERICAN COURTS jurisdiction in Britain! American judges will decide on conflicts over the NHS! WTF!

We must Stand up for the NHS! Don't let the Tories sell Britain out.

No to NHS to the US

#NHSnotforsale
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Paul Mason
@paulmasonnews

Corbyn reveals 450 pages of uncensored US-UK trade talks over opening the NHS to private healthcare, together with reduced food standards and corporate courts (replacing ECJ with American judges). Bombshell dropped into the campaign. Will be across this as details emerge 💥💥💥

varian Thu 28-Nov-19 16:07:13

EU citizens aren’t scrounging on the NHS

Claim: “It’s unfair that people coming from European countries can access free NHS care without paying in while others make significant contributions.”
(Michael Gove, Mail on Sunday, Nov 17)

InFact: European citizens* make a bigger contribution to our public finances than both non-EU citizens and Brits. This is because they pay more taxes, and use the NHS and other public services less.

infacts.org/eu-citizens-arent-scrounging-on-the-nhs/

Whitewavemark2 Sat 30-Nov-19 08:24:07

Hernia operations to be stopped due to funding issues, as well as back x-rays and knee scans to detect arthritis.

All considered unnecessary.

Cost of the most simple form of hernia repair £2500 in the south east. This includes a one night stay in hospital, m a longer stay will be charged as necessary.
Cost of the most simple form of hernia repair outside of the south east £1900
More complicated hernias from £4900.

These costs only cover the set criteria, anything outside that criteria will be charged extra.

Xrays from £190 and of course the initial consultation of £150.
Treatment will be extra

Whitewavemark2 Sat 30-Nov-19 08:32:54

There is a list of 34 tests and treatments which previously had been routine, but are now only to be done in exceptional circumstances
3 procedures have since been removed entirely from the list.
The lust includes, many forms of surgery, CT and MRI scans and blood tests for cancer.
Patients will have to hav3 either physio therapy or pain killers to dull the pain of an arthritic knee.
Kidney stones will no longer be removed in theatre, soundwave treatment will be used to try to reduce the horrendous pain associated with the condition,
Adenoids will no longer be removed.
The list has prompted fears of a major escalation of rationing.

The document is to be approved for implementation.

Patients will have a choice if course.

Either put up with it or pay for treatment.

Whitewavemark2 Sat 30-Nov-19 08:50:45

Link to above

Death by a thousand cuts.

Pay to find out if you have cancer.

www.theguardian.com/society/2019/nov/29/revealed-nhs-plans-to-ration-34-unnecessary-tests-and-treatments