Socialized medicine FAIL: UK losing 400 doctors PER MONTH as system collapses amid chronic funding shortages

Thursday, October 5, 2017
By Paul Martin

by: JD Heyes
Thursday, October 05, 2017

Most Left-wing American political figures, entertainers and academics speak highly of the United Kingdom’s socialized medicine system, saying that the U.S. ought to emulate it. But they don’t live there so they don’t really know just how bad it is, and how close it is getting to collapse.

In fact, the National Health Service is so chronically under-funded — socialized medical systems require massive infusions of tax money — that scores of senior physicians may begin refusing to take on new patients unless the government commits more financial resources, the UK’s Daily Mail is reporting.

The fact is, they really have few other choices.

In a letter to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, the British Medical Association says that the government pledged to spend an additional £12 billion (about $16 billion) earlier this year, but that additional funding has yet to materialize, placing greater strains on an already financially burdened system.

In the strongly-worded letter that was signed by Dr. Richard Vautry, the BMA’s head of the GP Committee, the group said its members were threatening to turn away new patients “en masse,” adding that patient demand is so “unprecedented” that senior physicians are either retiring or quitting their profession.

Besides needing additional funding to care for more patients, the BMA warned that NHS-run hospitals are falling apart, including surgery suites. “Practices are reaching the point where closing their [new patient] lists seems the only viable way to ensure patient safety,” he wrote.

Because of a rising and aging population, surgeons and practitioners throughout England are being overwhelmed. On top of rising demand, there is a national shortage of doctors (and who really wonders why).

The British government has said it would attempt to recruit an additional 5,000 family physicians by the 2020-21 timeframe, but the most recent data indicate that as many as 400 doctors per month are quitting.

Many physicians are retiring way early — in the 50s — or they are moving abroad. Some have left to work in the private sector.

In addition, the BMA is upset that a “rescue package” proposed by the NHS’ top officials for surgeries has not come through. The promised package would have provided an additional £2.4 billion for general practice until the 2020-21 timeframe for additional doctors and other staff, and for upgrading run-down surgery centers, the Daily Mail noted.

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