It looks at the early plans and aspirations of the National Health Service, how they fell apart and what needs to be done to provide a single health service that is run for the benefits of the patients, not the staff.
We are becoming far too used to hearing NHS horror stories and concerted action needs to be taken before thousands more people die unnecessarily.
The book is a brilliant read and could well become the definitive work on how to restructure a failed health system. It pulls no punches, and illustrates the worsening face of the NHS over an extended period.
WHAT ISSUES DOES THE BOOK ADDRESS?
- The crisis in Accident and Emergency – how to solve it without spending money.
- Where the NHS went wrong and how to put it right.
- How to increase the number of general practitioners by 50 per cent and the number of consultants by 60 per cent.
- How to solve the staffing problem in maternity units.
- How to control the immigration of foreign doctors.
- How to stop the abuse of health tourism.
- How to return to choice and competition.
- No more double standards – no more public and private.
- The swaggering arrogance of politicians.
- The absurdity of part-time doctors.
- Pass the buck medicine.
- The need for a national health service that transcends the divisions of class and wealth
DISTURBING NUMBERS THAT NONE OF US SHOULD HAVE TO WITNESS
PEOPLE DIE UNNECESSARILY AT STAFFORD HOSPITAL
DIE NEEDLESSLY AT 14 WORST NHS TRUST HOSPITALS
1 IN 4
CANCER CASES MISSED BY GENERAL PRACTITIONERS
MORE LIKELY TO DIE AS A PATIENT OF SOME SURGEONS
European Working Time Directive - "No time to train doctors properly"
Outpatient Waiting Lists - Be seen within 18 Weeks - Target Abandoned
A Surgeon worked in 14 UK hospitals - didn't know how to prescribe drugs, couldn't remove a mole or carry out basic CPR
Four thirsty and starving patients die on our wards every day of the week
Only TWO general practitioners on call for 600,000 people!
Dying in excrement while others drink dirty water from flower vases.
Accident & Emergency crisis due to GP's five o'clock culture.