Experts warn of the catastrophe that could be caused in the experiment to privatise the NHS that could go terribly wrong.
Under the pretext of “patient choice” is the slow introduction of privatisation of the NHS. This could mean a decline in the quality of treatment for the elderly, poorly and unwell.
Researchers carrying out an investigational study warned that the sudden shift by the Government to widespread the use of private healthcare in England is a fundamental experiment which could go terribly wrong with massive consequences.
Having already seen how the “patient choice” works after implementing it in Scotland in 2003 which allowed patients to have treatment in private hospitals but paid for under the NHS, similar legislations were passed elsewhere in the UK. The thought behind the move was to cut waiting lists. However, the study looking at hip surgery, found the level of NHS providing declined and the number of private operations increased.
The study also found an increase in inequality with the poorest and oldest sections of the community less likely to get hip replacements than the rest. But the founding principle of the NHS say the strategy is meant to meet the needs of all regardless of circumstances.
The study speculated that private firms seemed to be picking and choosing who they treat picking the easiest case as they are cheaper and more profitable, but also because the private clinics do not have the care facilities of larger NHS hospitals if something were to go wrong. This means patients suffering from more complex hip issues had to access reduced services offered by the NHS.
Slowly over time, Scotland has moved away from using private firms for NHS operations.
Study’s such as these are important as they allow organisations to see how decisions which are made can affect the operations of such procedures such as hip surgery. Only with studies and collecting data can things be made transparent and strategies can be seen to be working or not. At DCC we work with many studies turning data into useful information allowing organisations such as the NHS to see where their funding and strategies are being used and how beneficial they are.
Having worked with many organisations we understand the importance of collecting data to improve care and take them closer to managing and improving business.