Letters: DR Mill, March 13, 2015

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Referring to Jo Rust (Letters, Feb 27) tells me yet again this is typical of the politicians who often concentrate on criticising what the opposition has done and is doing wrong and “how good we were and how much better we will be etc” is all a tired refrain.

It’s ludicrous we treat the NHS with a quasi-religious attitude and crush anyone who dares to say it needs “change”.

Each political party claims it has the formula to make the NHS a world-beating health service, which it is not.

Ms Rust and other politicians from all parties should travel and become outward thinking and learn from other countries how they operate their health service. There is nothing wrong in learning how the NHS and its (our) hospitals can do better and maybe get at least one of our hospitals into the top 10 in the world.

One such hospital is in Bangalore, which is on a mission to reduce the cost of their service to the rich and the poor equally, including lowering the cost of each operation by using the latest technology.

An enthusiasm to change systems to reduce costs rather than just relying on more money (tax) and employing more non-medical personnel is part of their success.

Also a considerable number of hospitals in Asia, Europe, USA and the Middle East are technologically ahead of more than a few of our major hospitals.

I recall when I worked for a continental company a colleague once told me “if I have to go into our local hospital (paid into by all employees - a local health insurance tax) the nurses won’t let me out because they want to keep busy”! So always “throwing money” at the NHS is only part of the answer to its problems.

Improving efficiency levels and motivating people to work hard who are employed in it – other than the nurses – needs to take priority before keep spending (and sometimes wasting) taxpayers’ money.

As a start, to get the NHS improvements we really (seriously) need to make which must include how to better motivate all its staff I believe (as with education) health has to be taken out of the political arena and become managed by a cross-party board of politicians to include a union representative and professionals who have detailed knowledge of how successful health services operate abroad. Then each party can stop this childish point scoring and get on doing what is best for all of us as the patient (customer) – whether or not we are paying for it.

DR Mills,

West Norfolk