The UK government plans to spend an extra £20bn on the NHS but how? If it’s just more spending on the same pattern then the same crises will recur; overloaded Accident and Emergency, vulnerable people unable to leave hospital because they have nowhere to go, … Continue readingThe changes that could make a better Britain and save the NHS
Camilla Cavendish nails social care as critical issue for the future of the NHS (How Britain can heal its ailing social care system). She makes good case for German style insurance system where the over 40s and especially the over 65s pay the most. … Continue readingOur ailing care system – a way out of the maze
The NHS and care crisis gets more attention but a long term funding and reform plan is also badly needed in our justice system (see today’s FT). I fear that years of austerity have been reinforced by the government’s deliberate vandalising of the probation service … Continue readingOur justice system is in urgent need of reform
So (per this Guardian article) in the year of the NHS’ 70th birthday £20bn will be added to budgets. At the same time spending per head on prevention continues its decline. Programs tackling smoking, poor diet and alcohol address will have fallen by 23.5% … Continue readingGiving with one hand…
For those of us who have long admired and respected HSBC as a company with a strong sense of values, the last few days have been painful. Nils Pratley’s piece in Saturday’s Guardian is a reasonably fair account. The conclusions? First, as with … Continue readingWhat to make of the HSBC tax calamity?