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Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Chairman, Health Select Committee


2020health Press Release It's Rubbish to say the NHS won't be national

2020health Chief Executive, responds to recent comments make about the future of the NHS.

Amid claims today that the proposed NHS reforms mean that the 'National' is being taken out of the NHS, Julia Manning, CEO 2020health has said “This is scaremongering and just plain wrong.”


She continues “The NHS is 'National'. No matter where you live you can access a health service that is free at the point of delivery. Could it ever be exactly the same service no matter where you go? No, that's the socialist dream that was never and could never be fulfilled.”


Manning maintains that there will always be variation, “not only because its servants are human beings but also because there will always be regional variation due to historic, demographic, geographic and voluntary-sector differences. However, this does not excuse variation in health treatments where good practice is ignored by some obstructive professionals.”


“The NHS does not have to be nationalised to be national. Any serious scrutiny of the service would show that the NHS has been a fantastically successful public-private partnership for generations. Everything from medicine, pieces of diagnostic kit, operating theatres, beds, linen, uniform, technology and IT support to some of the dialysis, pathology, supply chain and logistics to a growing number of the operations are provided by the private sector. And let’s not forget, all GPs, Opticians, Pharmacists and Dentists are private independent contractors supplying services to the NHS and many physicians and surgeons spend a lot of time in purely private practice to 'top-up' their NHS work.”


Manning claimed that a more accurate description may be a 'united' health service but that this should not change the reality that the NHS will remain national.


Manning further comments on the Government’s announcements on the abolition of Primary care trusts, “The Health Bill will have 600 clauses. That gives plenty of opportunity for amendments.”