Wednesday, 15 February 2012

NHS patients ‘will pay under health bill’


According to the telegraph. Allyson Pollock, professor of public health at Bart’s and the Local School of Medicine and Dentistry, said the Health and Social Care Bill had “a hidden purpose “which amounted to privatising health service in Britain.

  

Writing in the Lancet, she argued that ministers were intent on creating” a system that permits alternative funding sources for services currently provided free as part of the NHS.



She said the “heart” of the Bill currently debated in the Lords, was to “ to introduce a mixed financing system and to abolish the model of tax- financed universal health care on which the NHS is based”.



Prof Pollock has consistently argued that the Bill will abolish the duty of the Health Secretary to provide a universal healthcare system free at the point of use.



It will potentially enable groups of GPs, who will be allowed to make profits from their practices, to exclude costly, patients with numerous illnesses, she maintains.



Patients will hence increasingly be required to pay top down fees for treatment above and beyond what the NHS provides, or rely on private healthcare insurances , she says.



The letter, headed ‘A flawed NHS Bill with a hidden purpose’, has been given a full page in today’s in today’s lancet. it editor in chief, Dr Richard Horton, is strongly opposed to the Health and Social Care Bill. The letter was co authored by David Price, also of Bart’s, and two Lawyers.