The NHS is dying, or to be more specific, is being killed, slowly and painfully. The political catchphrase being thrown around at the moment, that it has been receiving a ‘real terms increase’ in funding each year is, to be frank, a lie.

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If you think this is about money, it’s not. If you think this is about the hours, it’s not. If you think this is about us, it’s not. This is about you, the patients, ie: every human being who currently resides in the United Kingdom. If the NHS goes under, we will still have jobs – there will always be sick people. In fact, we’d almost certainly get paid more.

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“Organisation, re-organisation and re-disorganisation” is what the Kings Fund once described as the disease of the NHS. Every new government has a new health minister, who has his own ideas of revolutionising and fixing the NHS. This is despite various objective independent surveys showing that it remains the best and most efficient health system in the world. Lord Darzi was keen on polyclinics, an idea recycled from the 1970’s Soviet Union, while Andrew Lansley’s health and social care bill shifted responsibility for allocating the NHS budget to GPs.

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Author: GP Dr Zoe Norris - first published in the Huffington Post 7/8/15.

I was politically ambivalent about the general election. Like a lot of NHS staff, I was torn between knowing that things were bad in the health service, especially in general

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