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THE NHS Blog By Dr Dr Susrutha

Junior doctors working with the NHS on strike

Asian Lite introducing a new blog titled “The NHS Blog” by Dr Susrutha to comment on issues dogging our beloved NHS. This election maybe more crucial than you think. Read the manifesto of each party before you vote. Look at history and see which party is more likely to keep it’s promises. Can we have wealth without health?

The country is gripped with election fever. It arrived sooner than expected. First, we had Scottish Independence Vote, then the general elections in 2015 which is followed by Brexit. All are linked- because the Scottish victory prompts David Cameron to test the idea on the EU front. He failed miserably and that cost his job. Then we saw the arrival of Mayism at No 10.

She promised that there would be no elections until 2020. However, the impasse over Brexit negotiations, has ‘pushed’ Prime Minister Theresa May to call an earlier election. Sound familiar? Remember Andrew Lansley’s comment when he said that he would not tinker with the NHS when he became health minister in 2010. So the question on everyone’s mind is: Economy? Taxation? Brexit? Jobs? NHS?

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Supporters of the Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) take part in a demonstration against budget cuts, closures and privatization in London (Xinhua/Ray Tang) (zw)

So many issues and so little time to discuss them. So Mr. Azeez Anasudhin, the editor of Asian Lite newspaper, has given the NHS beat to me. So I can comment on issues dogging our beloved NHS. But hold on, surely we need to focus on the economy? After all at least £120 billion is needed to fund the health service.

Or is it taxation? After all the service is funded by our taxes or is it borrowing from the International Monetary Fund or the EU funded EC bank (which may not be available after Brexit)? Which brings us back to the economy, which may take a hit after Brexit due to effects on relations with our major trading partner, the EU. But this is not an issue? The reality is that we will have to join a trading organisation such as the WTO or NAFTA so that trade can be costed reasonably, otherwise trade becomes expensive and unviable. The EU does offer tariff free trade.

So if Brexit becomes a reality, among the first casualties would be the thousands of health workers who have come to work in the UK from countries in the EU such as Spain, Germany, Netherlands and Poland. But, I hear you say, we have ‘British’ people who can be trained to fill these jobs. Of course, that is why we have so many south Asians in this country, most of whom were invited to settle and fill posts which the ‘British’ people were not willing to do, such as certain jobs in the NHS e.g. geriatric medicine , ENT surgery and general practice in less desirable areas.

Or those jobs on the buses or in the factories. Fast forward to the present and we face a new NHS employment crisis. Not the lack of the jobs, but the dearth of jobs. Up to 50 per cent of consultant posts remain empty. Nursing vacancies are rising. General Practice is on the verge of collapse in certain parts of the country e.g. Northern Ireland. There is a lack of midwives nationally.

Interestingly most of the big cases of malpractice involved ‘British’ doctors, whereas most of the cases going through the GMC are those doctors of ‘non-British’ origin. Interestingly a good chunk of the NHS employees are of ‘non-British’ origin.

Why has this happened? Some call it a perfect storm created by our current health secretary. Others would state that this is the summation of years of mismanagement and political manipulation. After all the NHS was a political creation by Anuerin Bevan and the Labour Party of the post war administration of Atlee. Bearing this in mind, can the political masters solve the problems.

The Labour Party and the Lib-Dems have promised more investment. The Conservatives claim that they have invested plenty of money already. Lord Carter reckons that money (and maybe lives) could be saved if the health service departments work more collaboratively. The regulators such as the GMC and CQC believe that we should continue to put pressure on an already stressed, and stretched profession and service with investigations into individual and organisational practice, to raise standards and improve the service.

Interestingly most of the big cases of malpractice involved ‘British’ doctors, whereas most of the cases going through the GMC are those doctors of ‘non-British’ origin. Interestingly a good chunk of the NHS employees are of ‘non-British’ origin.

Whichever way you spin it, the reality is that we have a national health service in crisis. Can we help. Well, yes. Read the manifesto of each party before you vote. Look at history and see which party is more likely to keep it’s promises. This election maybe more crucial than you think. Can we have wealth without health?

See the LIE. Don’t be fooled by such lies. Where is the money Madame minister? £350 million every week! Lies ..More Lies…