As Cameron embarks on a ‘listening exercise’ to try and quell widespread fears — both inside the health profession and outside — regarding Lansley’s health ‘reforms’, I found this piece in yesterday’s Guardian by consultant radiologist Jacky Davis offered a more succinct and clearly argued analysis than pretty well anything I have read recently.
Lansley says no change is not an option, but it is not clear where the crisis lies. Surveys show that the NHS comes out top for equity of access and value for money. Outcomes are improving rapidly, and the misleading statistics trotted out by the coalition about heart attacks and cancer survivals have been shamelessly cherry-picked. What exactly is the problem to which these “reforms” are the solution?