The NHS has and always will be very close to people’s hearts here in the UK and this is undoubtedly why political parties use the NHS as a leverage in their elections campaigns. The front line staff of our NHS cannot be faulted in their efforts to provide a first-class health service in this country, however, that does not mean that what goes on behind the scenes is economically or morally correct, it most certainly is not, as anyone who has worked in the NHS will tell you. Our NHS has cared for the sick for generations and here at ‘ENGAGE’ we believe that the NHS itself has now become sick and we the people need to do whatever we can to make it better again.
Throwing more money at it will not make it better, in fact, it will make it far worse and will undoubtedly be as effective as throwing more money at a spoilt child. So ‘ENGAGE’ are suggesting a different and far more honest approach that will heal the NHS and make it a far more effective and a better run organisation than what it is at present.
First of all let’s start off by being completely honest about the problem and not lie to people saying we will promise billions more to the NHS just to win your votes, whilst ignoring the clear problems within it. The 2016 NHS bill was a staggering £116.4 billion. Those who say we should use the £12 billion Foreign Aid money to fund the NHS simply have no idea just how much the NHS is already costing the British people. The problem that needs to be addressed is not lack of funding but the sheer astronomical wastage that currently goes on within this organisation and the only way that this will ever be rectified is for the funding and immediate implementation of a full top-down audit, to find and eliminate that wastage. A dedicated team of analysts to carry out a full investigation which will pinpoint the problems that really need to be addressed.
Problems like…. Why are CEO’s of hospital trusts getting paid far more than the Prime Minister of this country, why are senior staff members of the NHS taking earlier retirement and then being employed the next day in the same hospital on a higher salary. Why are procurement departments willfully paying way over the odds for office furniture that could be bought far less from anywhere else? Why are private companies being given blank cheques to carry out work such as mental health patient transfers and charging unbelievable amounts of money for doing so and why is the NHS so insistent on paying out for agency staff at far higher rates than is really acceptable.
A full and clear audit is imperative to sort out the mess the NHS has been allowed to get itself in before throwing more money at it. To save the NHS we must first and foremost save it from itself, It most certainly doesn’t need to be privatised to achieve this but it most certainly needs to have the problems within it rectified, to make it work effectively and still continue to give the great service it does. Once the wastage has been removed then hopefully we can pay those frontline staff a far more decent wage than they are getting at present.
ENGAGE will not simply say something that sounds good just to win your vote because this will never fix the problem within the NHS. Like all our policies our NHS has been produced with honest intentions of detailing and addressing the problems, as we believe this is the only way we can ever hope to fix them and then we can give people the service they truly deserve.
This would include:
• Bringing back Matrons to run the wards and not managers.
• Introduction of Hospital Training Colleges at major hospitals
• Increased spending on training hospital staff in the workplace.
• Replace Hospital Trusts with Hospital Business Analysis Teams, without obscene salaries.
• Pay raises on an equal basis, not 1% for some and 25% for others.
• HR departments to run their own agency systems where temporary staff get the same rate as others.
• Regular inspections by a government audit teams.