HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Government spin on success of NHS cataract privatisation criticised

Patricia Hewitt, the UK's Secretary of State for Health, is wrong to announce that independent sector-treatment centers (IS-TCs) reduced waiting times for cataract operations, states the author of a correspondence letter in this week's issue of The Lancet.

Patricia Hewitt recently announced to the Fabian Society that "the first wave of IS-TCs has already brought down the waiting times for cataract operations to three months, a target achieved four years earlier than promised". However, ophthalmic surgeon Simon Kelly states that it is the National Health Service (NHS) ophthalmic staff and not the IS-TCs that have delivered improved services to English cataract patients. The letter follows the recent Lancet editorial, (Lancet 2005; 366:1293), which called for the UK government's programme of wide-ranging privatisation of the NHS to be stopped until there is independent evidence on the effect of the policy.

Kelly states that targeted capital to construct new NHS ophthalmic facilities and improved practice arising from Action on Cataracts (an NHS scheme run along with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists) not IS-TCs increased the rate of cataract surgery from 170,000 operations in 1998/99 to over 300,000 operations per year by 2003/04. He also notes that the South African corporation Netcare, which won the bid for the Government's mobile cataract IS-TC scheme, will have to be paid for over 44 000 cataract operations in contracts arranged over 5 years, irrespective of whether they are needed or even carried out.


'"/>

Contact: Joe Santangelo
j.santangelo@elsevier.com
1-212-633-3810
Lancet
10-Nov-2005


Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Government fails sleepy Judge Dodd
2. Governments reliance on free market economics makes essential drug prices too high for the poor
3. Frazer welcomes Federal Government decision on Gardasil
4. Government scheme to improve health and well-being of deprived families called into question
5. Governments preparation for bird flu outbreak welcome
6. Government pledge on access to medicines welcomed
7. Government reforms may bring an end to free healthcare
8. Governments need to act transparently to stem public anxiety about a human influenza pandemic
9. Government plans for NHS more aggressive than Tories ever were
10. Government policy changes lead to dramatic drop in heart disease deaths in Poland
11. Controlling prescription drug expenditures: a case report of success

Post Your Comments:
(Date:7/21/2014)... kill cancer cells could boost the effectiveness of chemotherapy ... a new study reports. , Scientists at The Institute ... genetically engineered version of the virus used to vaccinate ... alongside isolated limb perfusion chemotherapy given directly to ... an alternative to amputation was more effective in ...
(Date:7/21/2014)... July 22, 2014 On Monday, September 22, ... Golf Outing honoring Mike McGuriman-Motorola Solutions at The Knoll West ... begins with registration and lunch at 11 a.m. The ... prizes. Price increases to $250 after September 7th. ... $100 per person. The dinner will include a special ...
(Date:7/21/2014)... July 22, 2014 MillionaireCasket.com, a well-known casket ... maple caskets to its website. In addition to ... 26 percent off) for all these brand new items. ... it provides great caskets for its current and ... mahogany caskets, and oak caskets and more. According to the ...
(Date:7/21/2014)... As reported by CBS Local Pittsburgh in the article ... (7/15), thrill-seeking participants raised $100,000 to raise drug abuse ... Philly. 100 people, including some well-known local news reporters, ... Hotel. Some of the participants shared stories of their ... son killed himself after a long battle with addiction. ...
(Date:7/21/2014)... Cannabis Now Magazine recently announced that ... summer. During these festivals, they will strengthen their relationship ... resources to attendees in an effort to continue their ... legitimate and beneficial side of cannabis. , The publication ... the Kush Expo in Anaheim, the Champs Trade Show ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Viral therapy could boost limb-saving cancer treatment 2Health News:Viral therapy could boost limb-saving cancer treatment 3Health News:7th Annual Push to Walk Golf Outing to Be Held September 22nd 2Health News:Cheap Maple Caskets Recently Added To China Casket Manufacturer MillionaireCasket.com’s Product Line 2Health News:100 People Climb Down Building to Raise Drug Addiction Awareness in Philadelphia 2Health News:100 People Climb Down Building to Raise Drug Addiction Awareness in Philadelphia 3Health News:Cannabis Now Magazine Hits the Marijuana Festival Circuit and Sponsors Two Major Events 2
(Date:7/21/2014)...  Champions Oncology (OTC: CSBR), a company engaged in ... personalize the development and use of oncology drugs, today ... for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended April ... close. The company will host a conference ... p.m. EDT (1:30 p.m. PDT). To participate in the ...
(Date:7/21/2014)... Decision Resources Group finds that the ... than triple, reaching nearly $12 billion by 2023, ... first disease-modifying therapies (DMTs), a landmark event in ... include the anti-beta-amyloid monoclonal antibodies solanezumab (Eli Lilly) ... inhibitor MK-8931 (Roche/Chugai/MorphoSys)—will earn sales of $7 billion ...
(Date:7/21/2014)... , July 21, 2014 ... is utilizing the CompuMed, Inc. (OTCPink: CMPD) ... improve donor organ recovery. CompuMed Enterprise OPO ... real-time access to its Board-Certified specialists for ...      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140721/697628) ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:The Alzheimer's Disease Market Is Forecast to Reach Nearly $12 Billion by 2023, Following the Projected Launch of the First Disease-Modifying Therapies 2The Alzheimer's Disease Market Is Forecast to Reach Nearly $12 Billion by 2023, Following the Projected Launch of the First Disease-Modifying Therapies 3Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency Leveraging CompuMed to Secure More Donor Hearts 2Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency Leveraging CompuMed to Secure More Donor Hearts 3
Cached News: