Sunday, 16 August 2009

Of Health and Social Care

The Observer leads to day with the – oh, so shocking – news that quite a few of the Tory front bench, including that nice Mr.Gove, have endorsed Daniel Hannan’s call for the NHS to be replaced by a new system of health provision in which people would pay money into personal health accounts, which they could then use to shop around for care from public and private providers. Those who could not afford to save enough would be funded by the state.

Which rather sets the stage for health being a central election issue, this time, no doubt, with Labour tying a big pink ribbon round the NHS and claiming to be the ‘patriotic’ party in defending it not like those horrible market obsessed US-wannabees in the Conservative Party. Oh no, no like them at all.

Except of course, in the small matter of social care, where Labour Ministers never miss an opportunity to big up their commitment to individual budgets and self directed care.It's basically the same idea, just transfered to a not-that-dissimilar sector.


  1. To be honest I'm glad that the debate over Healthcare in the US, and the comments from Hannan and others have opened up a debate. Pity though that in that debate the left in Britain seems only able to respond by blindly defending the NHS without pointing out and suggesting some analysis for or solutions to the very real problems that exist within it as a State Capitalist, bureaucratic organisation.

    I've tried to remedy some of that in my blog US Healthcare, The NHS and The Left

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