- And in May the British Medical Association called for an end to "constant political dabbling" in the NHS, and the establishment of a board of governors and executive management board to run the NHS.
- But in a speech about the future of the health service, Mrs Hewitt told the London School of Economics: "The NHS is four times the size of the Cuban economy and more centralised.
- "That is part of its problem, and the problem can't be solved by proposing that a modern health service be run like a 1960s nationalised industry."
- She said a free, comprehensive NHS was "under attack" - pointing to recent comments from Doctors for Reform and the BMA.
As Reformas, sejam elas quais forem, são sempre objecto de críticas, dos vários interesses instalados, e dos que são naturalmente prejudicados.
Contudo, a Reforma é o único caminho, para que a saúde se mantenha saudável, isto é, para que o acesso à saúde seja possível e adequado.
Vejamos este remate contundente da Ministra Patricia Hewitt: But she added that NHS structures of the 1940s and 1960s were not right for the NHS now, and needed to be more "patient led", financially disciplined, well regulated with a "plurality of providers". Completamente de acordo, Dra. Hewitt.
No entanto, há vozes discordantes, embora, na nossa opinião, com pouca visão: They said that increased pressure on beds and waiting times meant more patients were being forced home early, when they had not properly recovered.
É que, para ter as pessoas mais tempo nos hospitais, é preciso mais dinheiro, e esse vem do bolso de todos os contribuintes. E estes não querem pagar mais impostos.