As with the post from last week, the issue of resourcing care is in the news again. This time it is about the overall budget for the NHS over the next few years. The comments from politicians that are being reported in the BBC’s coverage emphasise that patient choice will remain a priority, despite what may happen in cutbacks and re-structuring.
But should it be? Should patient choice be a gold standard? What happens if that choice uses resources that could be directed elsewhere? Perhaps we need to start asking some serious questions about the goals of maintaining people’s overall wellbeing and the extent to which these be persued at all costs.
At a time of financial constraint, this could be an opportunity to address the priorities of health care and to establish the parameters of a system that has evolved enormously since its beginnings 60+ years ago. So instead of the news of budgets being cut and frozen being seen as a threat, could this not be seen as an opportunity for renewal?