Decisions about priority of treatment should be based on clinical need alone

Tuesday 9 September 2014

Commenting on the chief medical officer's suggestion that the economically active should be fast-tracked for medical care, Saga's Paul Green said "This suggestion beggars belief.

Decisions about priority of treatment should be based on clinical need alone

To imply that those that are no longer economically active are past their sell-by date doesn't just go against the founding principles of the NHS, it goes against our moral fibre. We are talking about people who have spent many working years contributing through taxation to make the NHS what it is today.

"Yes our NHS and social care system is in crisis, but you simply cannot prioritise those that are able to work over those that are not. Priority should be made based on clinical need alone. To suggest that, when they need it most they will be pushed to the back of the queue in favour of a younger model isn't just insulting, it's morally wrong."

 

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