Establish a Royal Commission to consider making the NHS an independent public organisation

Establish a Royal Commission to consider making the NHS an independent public organisation

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Sean Finlay started this petition to UK Parliament

Health is too important to be left to politicians.
The NHS needs to be managed independently of government. Its executive management must be free from politicisation, similar to the Bank of England.

It is proposed that the NHS and all aspects of Public Health England be established as a state funded, independent public organisation.

It is fundamental that the NHS is never again paralysed by inaction due to politicians focussing all their attention elsewhere. The Lancet identified the need for action regarding the COVID-19 pandemic on 24 January but as of today Government ministers are still obfuscating about test kits, PPE, beds and ventilators. It is clear that nothing was done for several weeks and we were unable to learn anything from those countries who appeared to be making progress. Together with the, close to, 50% cuts in hospital beds since 2000 the NHS has been left with no capacity to extend to cope with a crisis.

The Government strategy was developed by people with little understanding of the issues, it was politicised and it was deeply flawed.

Funding should be set initially at the level enjoyed by whichever nation is deemed to have the best health service in the EU and that level of funding expressed as a percentage of GDP should then become the minimum level for future years. Taxation has to rise to cover the expenditure as in many Nordic countries.

Training of staff should be separate from the Department of Education and all staff should be paid to train.

The nation’s health care staff are at great peril and some have lost their lives already. Since the pandemic is not being contained the lockdown is likely to be extended to other sectors and to be kept in place for longer. The economic impact on the nation will be devastating. The incompetent politicians who are responsible for this can no longer be given responsibility for anything of this importance.

 

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