by Trevor Gay, Simplicity Is The Key Ltd.
As in the United States, the
topic of healthcare is much discussed in the United Kingdom,
where the internationally admired British National Health
Service is a political hot potato, and British politicians
that tamper with it do so at their peril. In our
continuing coverage of healthcare around the world, we take a
closer look at what is happening in the U.K. Author Trevor Gay
worked for thirty five years in the National Health Service.
As he states, the views expressed in this article are
personal, subjective, anecdotal, and narrative, rather than
objective, rational, academic, or on behalf of
The British National Health Service (NHS) is often referred
to affectionately as a “sacred cow,” given both its
distinguished history and the considerable affection invested
in it by the British people.
Recently, however, there has been mounting consumer and
political pressure in Britain to consider expansion of the
private healthcare sector in Britain, which would in turn
undermine the core principles of the much-loved NHS. Some
critics believe this would result in the NHS becoming a dead
cow rather than a “sacred” one.
This presents a fascinating challenge for the British
government, and one that is only going to grow in complexity
and importance in the coming decades.