Monday, 22 July 2013

Death of the NHS predicted 30 years ago

There is one defining cause of the decay of the NHS: the colossal increases in its funding and the barely imaginable multiplication of its senior managers and employees have created an institution which no longer exists for the health of the people it was set up to serve, but for the benefit of the hordes of highly-unionised staff who operate it. This was always predictable and indeed, more than 30 years ago, it was actually predicted by Dr Max Gammon in what has come to be known as Gammon’s Law: 
“In any bureaucratic system… increase in expenditure will be matched by fall in production… Such systems, and particularly the NHS will act rather like black holes in the economic universe, simultaneously sucking in resources, and shrinking in terms of emitted production.” [Via Cranmer's blog]
I hope those like the US of A who are keen to establish a nationalised health system are listening while those here in the UK better get started on a suitable elegy for the not too distant demise of the NHS!

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