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Do patients need their own union?

20 March, 2017

• I BELIEVE the NHS is not fit for purpose and has been like that for at least the last 30 years. The patient comes about fourth on the list of priorities after job training and the big medicine companies.

Screening programmes should be abolished, in particular the cancer ones. The money should be spent on the sick and dying.

Get rid of the triage system in A&E. Do first come, first served instead. GPs should make home visits again. It makes no sense for a sick patient to have to leave the comfort of their own home just to finish up on a hospital trolley in a corridor for hours.

We have many good doctors and nurses in the NHS, but not all are good and no one dares criticise the medical profession.

There is plenty of money in the system. It should be spent on frontline services, with senior doctors in A&E, not junior doctors.

Can you imagine how different things would be if patients had their own union, like the BMA. But patients have no power.

We have no choice but to defend the NHS, although I do think that patients who can afford it should pay for some services. After all, unless you are on benefits you have to pay for prescriptions and dental care.



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