The appointment of the “US health chief” as the new NHS boss worries me too. The following article appeared on the BBC last week:

A senior executive at a private US health firm has been appointed to lead NHS England – the most powerful body in the health service. Simon Stevens, who has worked as an NHS manager and acted as a health adviser to Labour, will take over from Sir David Nicholson in April.

I’d echo the comments from the Unite representative – was there really nobody in the current NHS structure or the Third Sector capable of doing this job? I believe that there are many people in government who would like to see the privatisation of the NHS, in some areas we have already seen this happen. These American medical values are worrying and represent a polar opposite to a service that should be free at the point of delivery. if we need reminding of those guiding principles again:

Aneurin Bevan, on July 5 1948, the NHS was based on three core principles:

  • that it meet the needs of everyone
  • that it be free at the point of delivery
  • that it be based on clinical need, not ability to pay

These three principles have guided the development of the NHS over more than 60 years and remain at its core. 

I hope that I’m being cynical again, after-all what type of barbaric society would allow medical care to hinge on a person’s wealth?