“Devolution had always been portrayed as the three Celtic nations breaking away from England. He said: “In the case of the NHS it’s been the other way round; England has broken away from the rest of the UK” He urged doctors to look at the Scottish model which operates without a competitive market among healthcare providers.
“The BMA wants to see an NHS untarnished by a market economy, true to its beginnings, giving the public a fair, caring, equitable and cost-effective health service. Not a service run like a shoddy supermarket war. If it can be done here in Edinburgh, it can be done in England.
“Let’s stop pretending that healing the sick is like trading a commodity. Let’s stop diverting doctors’ energies into unholy bidding wars for jobs they already do. Let’s follow the Celtic lead and get rid of the market in healthcare once and for all. What a pity Ara Darzi missed his golden opportunity to do that.”
Naturally, the CBI have been quick off their mark to protest. They disagree with Hamish Meldrum……..
“The CBI immediately attacked the BMA leaders stance.
James Fothergill, CBI head of health policy, said: ‘The BMA is misguided in its attack on the strategic use of the private sector to deliver healthcare to the NHS. Evidence shows that in England, where reforms have been more radical, the NHS has delivered significantly better outcomes than in Scotland, where reforms have been held back.”
Hmm…. is the war going to be between British Industry and the BMA rather than between the government and the BMA?
Things are coming into sharp focus………