Letter: Throw destructive health policy back to politicians

I have taken a special interest in the plight of the NHS since the junior doctors’ strike.

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Since then I have attended a few of the Shropshire CCG meetings and walked in the demonstrations from Wellington to the PRH about the closure of Telford’s A&E, as well as the protest in Ludlow about the closure of the maternity unit.

All of these events have been well-attended by passionate and often well-informed people. During the CCG meetings I wanted to ask which committee member was responsible for confronting the government with the simple fact that there is not enough money allocated to help people at risk’s safety. It isn’t the fault of the NHS that it can’t find doctors or nurses that will work under stressful and underpaid conditions. The Government’s line is that we will have better community care, yet it doesn’t want to fund A&Es in both Telford and Shrewsbury and recently we have had a local surgery close because it is impossible to find a doctor willing to work in a remote area for as little as NHS doctors make.

It seems to me that Mr Kawczynski needs to direct his anger to the Minister of Health and his own party for choosing to underfund the undermine the NHS, risking lives across the entire UK in favour of a Trident upgrade risking lives of people across the entire world.

We need both A&Es and both the Telford, Wrekin CCG and Shropshire’s CCG need to throw the Government’s destructive health policy back to Jeremy Hunt and the other politicians responsible for it.

Steve Wilson, Clun

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Comments for: "Letter: Throw destructive health policy back to politicians"

Eurealist

This perhaps an are where direct democracy can be of assistance the choice between Trident and the NHS I know which way I would vote - sorry for the loss of jobs!

veritycross

Simple question. How can we have better community care when there might not be any care available? ie: suggestion of closing hospitals and no money in the Council coffers thanks to Georgie Porgy's/Tory austerity measures.

I know where the writer is talking about in respect of a local Surgery closure. The remaining one might also be in a position of sink or swim judging by the look of those to whom we turn in times of health issues.

And the Council(s) are asking the Council Tax payer to suggest how they might save some money for issues such as care. Getting rid if useless gutless councils comes to mind. Councils who have to pay co-opted members for the knowledge they do not have themselves. More waste of money. If they can't do the job themselves what are they doing within the relevant Council Offices anyway except being paid a pretty decent salary.

The suggestion of Council Tax hikes - joke. The bulk of the council tax payers have no idea what a pay rise is even. Never mind, there's always the benefit system!

aaron95

The only solution is for more money to be diverted to the NHS. As a nation we could do this, but it would require taxes to be increased to pay for it. Until people start campaigning and telling politicians that they are willing to pay more tax to fund a better healthcare system, no politician in the land is going to be brave enough to propose such an idea.

oldmickyp

And what about the 12 billion , wasted on overseas aid, that would go a long way ,to help the N H S, but also the rip off prices charged by the drug companies , when you look, at how much money is give to charities, for research .

veritycross

Absolutely , £12b overseas aid. How many millions to Brussells. Big fat joke - absolutely bloomim' not.

Colin S

Firstly the SaTH need an A&E currently they have little more than two urgent care centers.All trauma cases are sent out of the county.

Sadly there is not enough population or money to support more than one A&E. Whilst locally the NHS is under funded it is dire need of proper management because as it stands no matter how much money is thrown at it there will be little improvement. It has become like Africa a bottomless pit.

We are told bed blocking is a major cause and this is because councils have not got the resources to do the job properly. Why not take the social care aspect away from councils and give it to the NHS and then they would have total control of the situation? It would stop the buck passing.

The Future Fit proposals seem illogical to me as where on the Shrewsbury site is it going to be built as it is already a quart squeezed into a pint pot? So far £3million has been spent investigating the options and another £300million spend is proposed but nothing workable appears to have been found shouldn't heads start rolling?

Other areas have gone down this route with allegedly satisfactory results. Why not compromise and copy them and build somewhere central (also neutral) at a third of the cost as has been proposed by a former NHS manager?

NHS management, policy and practices need a massive shake up from top to bottom both nationally and locally before it self destructs.

Cunning Linguist

All the suggestions so far seem to be on a par with rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic. There needs to be a sea-change regarding chasing tax avoidance/evasion, salary levels and a change of where to position tax rates. At the moment, the rich are getting richer for no reason:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/high-executive-pay-performance-ceos-link-negligible-study-a7498441.html

If they want large salaries, they must earn them.

The NHS must be paid for.

Colin S

Short term perhaps two pence on income tax until the NHS/social care is sorted. It may not be popular bit it would be a stop gap measure.

Then have top to bottom revue of everything starting with taxation, simplify it have a flat rate system get rid of the loop holes. Then maybe there will be more money for all the services.