Johnson’s speech today and the Commission’s basic take are strangely similar – Brexit points to a Canada-type settlement on alignment and divergence.
Posts Tagged: NHS
France spends far more through its mixed system, and doesn’t have our problem with queues. Why won’t we learn from our European neighbours?
J Meirion Thomas: The Immigration Health Surcharge must be revised or abolished – not tinkered with.
By April, about 1.4million non-EU migrants and students will have been given unlimited access to the NHS for a pittance.
Ben Roback: Trump knows what he thinks about the NHS, but does he know which healthcare policy he wants for his own country?
The GOP’s attempts at reform have failed, and the President’s account of his own views on the topic seems to vary all the time.
Michelle Lowe: There is a quiet revolution of “social prescribing” taking place – with Conservative councils taking the lead
There are non-medical solutions to such conditions as loneliness, mental illness, dementia, and asthma.
It would allow the Prime Minister to gain support from the moderates of her party and, crucially, gain the initiative in the more centrist national debate.
Publishing the data on spending and staffing would enable a full and frank debate about any reforms needed,
James Frayne: Johnson is the only person making a popular pitch to voters – Downing Street is unwise to slap him down
They might think him crass, or judge him to be over-reaching – but they haven’t come up with any equivalent ideas themselves. It’s time to announce some popular stuff.
The Moggcast. Episode Two. Johnson is “an amazingly charismatic figure. He’s a leader. And that is so impressive about him.”
The Chancellor is opposing Government policy, he laments – before calling for more defence spending, and praising “wonderful, forthright, gutsy” Claire Perry.
Underpinned by a guarantee of a real-terms increase at minimum, this would help to draw the poison from the issue – particular for Conservatives.
The current pressures faced by the health service are not new or exclusive to the 21st Century. Let’s learn from past experience.
Which is what she hinted at after the last one – and which would ease the pressures on her and help get the government back on its feet.
Plus: Vicious Cybernats. Bolton’s brass neck. Widdecombe’s ratings. Johnson’s death wish. And: the courage of my friend Tessa Jowell.
WATCH: “Does the Prime Minister agree with the Foreign Secretary?” Corbyn deploys Johnson’s NHS funding demand against May
In return, the Prime Minister pledges to continue increasing funding for the health service, while the Labour leader tries to pit her against A&E doctors.
In trying to maximise the Party’s vote share, it’s essential that a proper audit of these barriers takes place (and others will no doubt think of some I have missed).