NHS only to treat the well and healthy

In what is her second
stupid statement in as many days, the Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt tell us
that if you Smoke or are Obese then the NHS will not provide treatment for you. 

On 8th
Feb in an interview with Oonagh Blackman, Patricia Hewitt incredibly declared
that NHS bed closures are a sign of success – because it means fewer people
need care. 

In these two
statements what she is really saying is that the NHS will only be providing
services for people who are well and healthy.

This statement flies head-on into the NHS charter, which guarantees free health care for ALL.

It also goes against the Hippocratic oath taken by all doctors

To practice
and prescribe to the best of my ability for the good of my patients, and to try
to avoid harming them.

Never to do
deliberate harm to anyone for anyone else's interest.

To avoid
violating the morals of my community.

To keep the
good of the patient as the highest priority.

And the contract between
the GMC and the NHS

The duties of a doctor registered with the General
Medical Council

  • Patients must be able to
    trust doctors with their lives and health. To justify that trust you must
    show respect for human life and you must:
  • Make the care of your
    patient your first concern
  • Protect and promote the
    health of patients and the public
  • Provide a good standard
    of practice and care
  • Keep your professional
    knowledge and skills up to date
  • Recognise and work
    within the limits of your competence
  • Work with colleagues in
    the ways that best serve patients' interests
  • Treat patients as
    individuals and respect their dignity
  • Treat patients politely
    and considerately
  • Respect patients' right
    to confidentiality
  • Work in partnership with
  • Listen to patients and
    respond to their concerns and preferences
  • Give patients the
    information they want or need in a way they can understand
  • Respect patients' right
    to reach decisions with you about their treatment and care
  • Support patients in
    caring for themselves to improve and maintain their health
  • Be honest and open and
    act with integrity
  • Act without delay if you
    have good reason to believe that you or a colleague may be putting
    patients at risk
  • Never discriminate
    unfairly against patients or colleagues
  • Never abuse your
    patients' trust in you or the public's trust in the profession.
  • You are personally
    accountable for your professional practice and must always be prepared to
    justify your decisions and actions.


So again, we find that professionals are being instructed to ignore
their professional obligations to suit the whim of politicians who have spent
all our money on crazy schemes.

The Health
Secretary's statements come as it was announced 900 jobs are being axed at
hospitals in and around her constituency to save local health chiefs

Campaign group
Health Emergency said more than 24,000 job losses had been announced in the NHS
since last year.




About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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0 Responses to NHS only to treat the well and healthy

  1. Anonymous says:

    What is worse is that the NHS charter implies that it is for everybody, and taxes are paid on that basis.
    If you get denied treatment by this service, then morally speaking you have a right to see a refund off your taxes so you can buy private care instead.
    A case take to the House of Lords might prove a much needed wake-up call to this most ignorant and stupid of Governments.