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Should the NHS be more liberal? Have your say!


Comparing two separate industries is always bound to be difficult, but recently the BBC asked the question, ‘Should the NHS be more like the phone industry?’ Before you scoff, there are more than a few interesting differences and parallels to be drawn between the two.

The above article discusses the 2012 trauma care reform and how a conservative approach to change within the NHS delayed it for years. The idea was first floated in 1988 but was only actioned two years ago. That is a substantial amount of time and NHS England reportedly estimates that 6,000 lives could have been saved had this happened sooner.

On top of this, new guidelines published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommend wards in England should not go above a ratio of one nurse to eight patients, but why is this only a recommendation? Shouldn’t nurse number be enforced?

Since the 1980s, phones have developed from manned exchanges to touch-screen pocket-sized computers, medicine and how treatments are issued have also moved forwards at a rapid rate. The stalling on reforms like the above and general reluctance towards change within the NHS can be costly, but there is seemingly no clear answer in sight.

One possibility that cabinet ministers are currently looking into is for medical staff to take ownership of hospitals. There is a definite case to be made for operational freedom within the NHS and enabling facilities to make decisions based on their unique circumstances is a good idea, but whether a system like this could work under a publicly funded NHS is another question altogether.

Whether you believe that these delays are caused by political interference, the general public’s caution over change or by doctors themselves, there are clearly points to be discussed and debates to have.

Have your say

For non-medical NHS staff, it is sometimes difficult to be heard on matters like the above. As our community continues to grow, we have added a new section to our website called ‘Have your own say on the NHS’

Whether you want to discuss the reports of an NHS funding crisis, the issues affecting local GP surgeries or comment on the quality of care, talk to us. As a non-medical member of the NHS your observations and thoughts are just as pertinent as those of a doctor. As such, we will share and promote your messages on our own site and social media.

So, what do you think? Should the NHS be more ‘liberal’ and introduce change at a faster rate? Are people too quick to forget how privileged we are to have the NHS? Tweet us on Twitter and include @GTJBNHS in your message or Email

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