Following a recent presentation by Niall Dickson, chief executive at the NHS confederation, the Confederation has told the political parties to pledge a fixed % of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to health spending and for the Office of Budgetary Responsibility to provide the government with arms-length advice. The aim of these measures would be to provide certainty to the NHS in a period where the current NHS is incapable of meeting modern needs.
Our view is that whilst this would provide part of a solution, there might need to be a more complex equation rather than just GDP alone, including an allowance for the ageing population.
In a recent post, we discussed the demographic shift with the number of people over 90 increasing exponentially surely some account should be taken of the numbers of people the NHS are trying to help? There is also much that can still be done to improve the efficiency of the NHS and the funding should be linked to a continuous review of operations, not just be consultants but a combination of medial and commercial experts.
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