It would be most effective to tear off the sticking plaster and hold an open discussion about what is needed and how the money could be sourced.
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At the same time as putting in more money, there must be a credible plan to spend it effectively – including improvements to how care is delivered.
The political sting must be taken out of our healthcare debate. Conflicting ideas over privatisation, taxation and automation should be given serious, non-partisan review.
As a Kent MP, I’m delighted Canterbury is one of the sites chosen to host new training facilities.
Albie Amankona: We need a real National Health Service – to make healthy living easy and unhealthy living difficult.
There needs to be a paradigm shift in policy and culture. Our state should work to keep us healthy and allow us as individuals to be responsible for our actions.
Elective surgical centres would be an efficient way to lighten the load on acute hospitals. The health service must be less monolithic in order to cope better.
J. Meirion Thomas: The new rules aimed at preventing health tourism are toothless, and leave the NHS wide open to abuse
The official guidance contains gaping loopholes, and Freedom of Information requests show that Health Trusts are unprepared to carry out vital checks.
Staff and public distrust of the Conservatives is so great that it is impeding vital reform.
Jeremy Hunt: Leadership is crucial. That’s the moral in the story of how Colchester NHS Trust was turned round.
Introducing a program of Ofsted-Style ratings and special measures into the NHS was controversial at the time. But the move has paid off.
If it shares Transport for London’s technophobia it will continue throwing money away on bureaucrats and agency commissions.
Charlie Gard’s case highlights how the culture of the Health Service can make it deeply resistant to the legitimate wishes of patients.
The health service has become the third rail of British politics – touch it and die. We need a dispassionate broker to assess the issues.
The first piece in our mini-series on reducing the deficit explores ideas from addressing ‘grey welfare’ to closing Whitehall departments.
More money? There isn’t any. A grand bargain on social care? There’s no sign of agreement. A new GPs’ contract? There’s no appetite for more strikes.
The NHS desperately needs a regulatory environment which will force it to think more entrepreneurially and collaboratively.