When Things go Tits Up……

6 Jan

Where do You Stand?…..

The recent PIP breast implant saga has much wider implications for healthcare than are immediately apparent.  I found myself leaning toward the utilitarian stand point which is; if you paid to have a cosmetic procedure, you should pay to have it reversed if it goes wrong.  But then I considered my own position.  As a smoker should I pay for my own healthcare if I get a respiratory disease?  You could then ask if obese people should pay for their care or drivers who crash their car?  Ultimately, who should be responsible for our healthcare?

Selling to the Lowest Bidder……

HMG, most of who will have private medical insurance and aren’t bothered about the rest of us just as long as they’re okay, are hatching plans for the privatisation of the NHS.  This raises the question “Who will be responsible if a situation like the PIP implant case were to happen?”  PIP has gone bankrupt so there is little chance of any compensation from the manufacturer.  The only workable solution to the problem of liability is insurance.  However, can a healthcare provider be insured in perpetuity and, if they can, how do you begin to calculate the risk and premium?

Legislation……

As far as I am aware HMG have made no provision for this issue.  Another case that aptly demonstrates the point is that of Southern Cross, who were the largest provider of residential care homes for the elderly.  Being run purely for profit, the parent company sold off the property and only provided the care service.  Once their position became untenable due to changes in the way their tenant’s local authorities paid their rent, they liquidated the company leaving hundreds of vulnerable people high and dry.  This is yet another example of why our NHS should be left as a state owned, state funded, national organisation.  We have not felt any benefit from the privatisation of our gas, water, electricity or building societies, so why should we have any reason to believe that the privatisation of the NHS will be beneficial?  The biggest difference is that the former has only hurt our finances, privatisation of the NHS is playing Russian Roulette with our health.

So, now where do you stand?…..

Useful Contacts: 

Andrew Lansley MP

Department of Health

Richmond House

79 Whitehall

LONDON

SW1A 2NS

And remember:  They Work for You……

 

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