An interesting day to be going to the hospital for a checkup, with all the news about the Health Bill.
There is a brilliant analysis of the problems of health and social care in the Times by Alan Milburn. As he says the NHS is
" being hit by a toxic combination of dramatically changing health needs and rapidly dwindling resources...we need a new wave of reform to replace the existing model of how we deliver care ....based in the community , not obsessed with the hospital; focused on prevention rather than treatment and it should put power into the hands of the patients rather than providers. "
He goes on to point to how we tackle long term conditions. It was the issue I highlighted in my report on choice and competition for the Government. As he says diabetes. Among adults is expected to rise by 50% worldwide in the next 25 years.
" What differentiates such diseases from other forms of illness is that they become a permanent a permanent fixture of people's ...more