Saturday, 9 May 2015
Tuesday, 28 April 2015
Monday, 9 February 2015
However, the UK is not alone in this issue. A recently published international study of healthcare systems (of which I was a co-author) and which covered countries across both the developed and developing world, has suggested that most existing health systems are unlikely to remain sustainable in the absence of additional funding and/or the adoption of new, innovative approaches to delivering healthcare services. Only 9% of respondents indicated that the existing approach to financing health services in their country was sustainable in the long-term while 64% stated that it is unlikely or impossible to continue with the status quo.
Alongside health funding and configuration issues, it is clear that the demographic, technological and economic changes are creating additional demands on healthcare services at a time when the public are seeking further improvements in both the quality of services provided and scope of treatments available.
The study, also uncovered significant challenges for policymakers, across the globe, tasked with pushing through major changes to respective healthcare services and systems in the face of a very resistant public, and during times of austerity and budget cutbacks. While there is no doubt major change is needed when it comes to the provision of healthcare worldwide, policymakers need to find a way to communicate this difficult message when the public often fiercely resists changes.
Thursday, 11 December 2014
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Friday, 31 October 2014
I would suggest that whoever chairs this enquiry should have all of the following key attributes
Friday, 24 October 2014
Since 2010, the present government has embarked on a “so-called” policy of austerity designed to eliminate the public sector deficit, reduce annual borrowing and stop the continually increasing mountain of public debt now around £1trillion. Originally the government aimed to eliminate the deficit and associated borrowing by the end of this parliament but this has not proved possible and, at the current time, it is unclear when the deficit might be eliminated. Thus the government is still borrowing billions of pounds each month which will have to be repaid ultimately by our children and grandchildren.
Until recently, at least the government could claim that its borrowing was being reduced even if not as quickly as would be desired. However, this week there came a sharp jolt. Government figures showed that government borrowing for September 2014 was £11.8 billion which was £1.6billion than for September 2013. This was much higher than expected and caused by a failure of limited economic growth to deliver higher tax receipts.