What will it take for us to have a real debate about the NHS and how it is funded?

The following article is by Dr Timothy Tomkinson, a doctor currently working in the NHS.  Walking through the Emergency Department on an average day, it is clear that the system is not coping. From both the long waiting times by each patient’s name, to the hallways filled with elderly patients on trollies, it is evident that the NHS is not keeping up with demands. Whilst we can all agree that there is a very real problem with the NHS, the big question is how we change this. Accessing any news source, it seems clear there is cross-party support for more NHS funding, as well as public opinion polls showing an equal desire – perhaps from both individual and government sources. However, in order to improve the NHS, we first need to determine the exact cause of the crisis (both in the short and long term). Therefore, we should consider a few facts: Continue reading

Corbyn’s Charmers

The following is a guest post by the Rev Dr Peter Mullen, Hon. Chaplain of The Freedom Association. Peter takes a look at the three new people who have been elected to the Labour Party's National Executive Committee.  While May’s so called “government” lurches from one crisis of ineptitude to the next fiasco, Jeremy Corbyn is quietly assembling his politburo – the polite name for which is Labour’s National Executive Council (NEC). One of my favourite films for a wet Saturday afternoon is Superman II in which our hero grapples with a trio of malevolent opponents. The three people appointed to the NEC last week rather reminded me of that film. They are: Jon Lansman, Yasmine Dar and Rachel Garnham who accumulated more votes than the lefty comedian Eddie Izzard. Those three are a huge force behind Labour’s shift to the hard left and their election gives Corbyn a majority on the ruling Council.  I have discovered a little about each of this trio and what they stand for…   Continue reading

WATCH: Jacob Rees-Mogg makes the moral case for free markets

  We have promoted this before, but make no apologies for promoting it again. Watch Jacob Rees-Mogg make the moral case for free markets during an Institute of Economic Affairs fringe event at last year's Conservative Party Conference.  Continue reading

The Politics of Envy

The following is a guest post by the Rev Dr Peter Mullen, Hon. Chaplain of The Freedom Association.  “There has been grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor since the guns that allowed it were invented.” So said Edward Bromet, chairman of the Bingley Moor Partnership (BMP). But there will be no more shooting. The Labour run Bradford Council has banned it. They voted “with overwhelming majority" not to renew a ten-year shooting lease. So now who is going to pay for moorland conservation in the area? Mr Bromet said that the BMP, which has made substantial payments towards this, would have invested a further £800,000 had the lease been renewed for another ten years. Also, the moorland stood to benefit from another £1million in private investment through local partnerships. Continue reading

It is time for politicians to be open minded and look at the alternatives to the NHS

From the Daily Telegraph on 10 October: “THE NHS could be heading for its worst winter beds crisis, with some hospitals already reaching breaking point, doctors warned yesterday. “More than two months before the annual flu outbreak is expected, hospitals have begun turning patients away because they have no beds and too few staff. Some hospital managers have warned that levels of emergency admissions are far higher than this time last year and that the pressure on the NHS can only get worse over the coming months.” Sounds familiar? What I neglected to tell you was that the article was published on 10 October 2000 - over 17 years ago. Winter crises in the NHS are nothing new. We have them virtually every year. So what has happened to NHS funding during those 17 years? Has it risen, stayed more or less the same, or has it decreased? Continue reading