2019-11-05 15:04:40 UTC
Seven minutes later, I was back on the street fully inoculated on the NHS; no fuss, no appointment.
Is this what Labour plans to abolish, with other treatments at NHS expense by independent companies?
John K Nesbitt
'SIR – Labour promises to “remove all privatisation from the NHS”. Does that extend to private hospitals, private GPs, privately owned pharmacies, private patient transport services, private pharmaceutical companies and companies that provide the NHS with staff, life-saving equipment, clothing, dressings and food?
The greatest existential threat to the NHS is now the Labour Party.
'SIR – I retired four years ago as an NHS consultant surgeon. I kept a record of my hours spent with a pair of gloves on, actually doing the stuff that had taken almost two decades to get the hang of. I called it “gloves-on time”.
I had a standard three lists a week, each of four hours. The total average “gloves-on time” came to six hours 40 minutes. That’s about half the time an American surgeon spends operating. The causes are numerous, but they essentially come down to old-fashioned practices in a non-competitive market.
Privatisation of the NHS, or some elements thereof, may be worth considering.
Pontefract, West Yorkshire