Friday, July 09, 2010

Cats and Dogs Living Together - NHS Puts Doctors In Direct Charge of Patient Care

In what the Daily Telegraph is billing as the biggest revolution in 60 years, Britain's National Health Service is giving doctors sole responsibility for front line patient care, the way it should have been all along. It's a step in the right direction, and the opposite direction to which we are going if Obamacare goes into effect.

The decision represents a victory for Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary Photo: PA About £80billion will be distributed to family GPs in a move that will see strategic health authorities and primary care trusts scrapped.

The plan, contained in a white paper to be published next week, is designed to place key decisions about how patients are cared for in the hands of doctors who know them. Tens of thousands of administrative jobs in the health service will be lost as a result.

It's hard as an American to believe that it would be done any other way. And eliminating all those administrative jobs? Bonus. That should drive plenty of costs out of the system.
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