Tuesday

A grim description of how regulated ‘care’ works

This is by one of the founders of the charity Community Links. Coming from someone of his background and experience, it is particularly powerful: Professor Bruce Keogh started work as the new NHS national medical director promising that hospitals would … Continue reading

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Friday

Don’t reform the NHS. Abolish it.

There is a scene near the beginning of the film, Casablanca, where a crime takes place and, in response, the chief of police commands, “Round up the usual suspects!” He knows this will not reveal the culprit. Doubtless his staff … Continue reading

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Thursday

The BBC attitude to statist failure is ‘stuff happens”.

Two scandals in one. 1. The NHS, to its shame, mistreated a young man so badly that he had to ring 999 while in hospital to beg for water. The police were sent away with the hospital saying the man … Continue reading

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Thursday

Schools, Charles Murray and more

In the Spectator this week is a ‘diary’ of my research trip to the USA. (Only part of it is freely available.)

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Tuesday

One reason that US healthcare is so expensive. Does not seem very difficult to put right.

Healthcare is ridiculously expensive in the USA – far more so than it needs to be. The reasons are varied and hard to establish. One of them is the value of awards made by courts to those who claim they … Continue reading

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Tuesday

Did Megrahi live longer because he had the benefit of Libyan healthcare rather than the NHS?

Further evidence that with the NHS you get treatments later than others – perhaps even Libya. To be fair, I guess that Megrahi got much better medical treatment than the average Libyan. Even so, it is a remarkable story. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303610504577417741083445200.html … Continue reading

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Saturday

Yes, there is a welfare state in America

I think is probably true to say that most people outside the USA think that America does not have a welfare state. Perhaps quite a few inside the USA think the same. There is a worldwide desire to put countries … Continue reading

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Wednesday

Ideas from different hospitals

In my travels over the past six months I have visited three hospitals in Spain, two in the Netherlands and one in Singapore. I have also dropped in on a hospital in Australia. They all do things slightly differently and … Continue reading

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Thursday

Your chances of getting the latest, best treatment in Britain are significantly lower than in other advanced countries

Plenty of well-educated people who read ‘quality’ newspapers and listen to BBC Radio 4 genuinely have no idea that Britain lags other countries in the use of new technology and drugs. They do not realise that if you have a … Continue reading

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Sunday

“It is impossible to imagine Britain without the two world wars”

I have just returned from a research trip to Spain. I met  Benito Arruñada  who remarked that Spain had not fought a foreign enemy for some 200 years. Fighting or not fighting a foreign enemy, he implied, affects the psychology … Continue reading

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