Surprisingly for most of us who already though
that the NHS was our service, Health secretary Andrew Lansley has set out his
vision for an NHS that is truly on the side of patients. One wonders whose side
they are on now?
Despite originally declaring that he was going to
do away with the targets set by previous governments, to save huge amounts on
management time, he launched no less than 62 new measures that an army of
administrators will have to check in every NHS hospital.
The NHS will be measured against a number of
areas including whether a patient’s treatment was successful, whether they were
looked after well by NHS staff and whether they recovered quickly after
Some new measures will need careful consideration
by private medical and health cash insurers to see if cover should or could be
amended or enhanced, including:
- Patients will be able to see on a new
user-friendly map which local services will be available to them through ‘Any
Qualified Provider’ from April 2012. From hearing services to wheelchair
providers, patients across the country will have a choice of who looks after
them in at least three areas of clinical care
- To give patients more information about GP
practices, a new user-friendly map will make it much easier for patients to
identify the best GP practice for them
- Millions of people with long term conditions
like asthma, diabetes, depression and heart disease will now be able to see
which surgeries have significant experience of treating patients like them.
They will also be able to see the number of patients registered at a practice
and their breakdown by age and gender as well as, for the first time, to what
extent different GP practices offer patients choice of their first hospital
The aim is to give patients genuine options over
their care, to give patients the tools they need to decide with their doctors
the right way forward, and to ensure decisions are only taken by doctors,
nurses and patients together.
Private medical insurance news: 16 December 2011