This book explains what has been happening to the NHS since the 2012 Act. It challenges myths: that the NHS was broke, that we can't afford the NHS, that doctors and GPs would be in the driving seat; that patients would have more choice, that there would be less bureaucracy and that communities would have greater control. It analyses the effects of new structures and financial pathways. It shows that the private sector is not cheaper. A mass of evidence sustains the authors' arguments and conclusions. The NHS is under massive threat. The authors review the policies of the Coalition and the Labour Party and set out the essential support that the NHS needs. They suggest what can done to promote a healthy NHS.
Dr Jacky Davis is a consultant radiologist in north London, co-chair of the NHS Consultants' Association, she is a member of the BMA UK Council and is a founder member of Keep our NHS Public. Dr John Lister is the Information Director with London Health Emergency, a founder member of Keep Our NHS Public, a public speaker, journalist, and the author of books on the NHS; David Wrigley is a GP in Carnforth, Lancashire. He speaks for Keep Our NHS Public and is a member of BMA UK Council and BMA General Practitioners Committee.
The National Health Service today; The NHS can't go on like this; Competition will mean patients have more choice; Doctors in the driving seat?; Costs and bureaucracy; Giving people a say; Transparent and accountable; The private sector is not cheaper nor more innovative; We will never privatise the NHS; What they don't want us to know; Myths about cuts, closures, 'reconfiguration'; Conclusion. Recommended reading, contacts in campaigns.