What’s really causing the A&E crisis


Here’s an analysis by ‘Our NHS’ editor Caroline Molloy.

Her conclusion? The stealth NHS privatisation that the Health and Social Care Act 2012 has sped up means that cheap and easy elective procedures from hip operations to removing skin tags are now privatised, leaving the costly and difficult acute and emergency services with the NHS – but without the cross-subsidy from elective operations to pay for them. NHS hospitals are now forced to provide the costly services that private health care companies don’t want, on unsustainably low tariffs (or rates of payment) from NHS England.

Here’s Caroline Molloy’s article: What’s really causing the NHS crisis.