PM should appoint royal commission to lead NHS

When will our political masters learn the basics about healthcare? The humble GP is the jewel of the NHS - a unique world achievement, taxpayer funded, free to patients.

Sadly the NHS has been the victim of chop-and-change policies over the years, started by Margaret Thatcher, resulting in massively expensive, top-heavy structures to the detriment of patients and staff, especially GPs.

The shop-and-drop NHS being propounded will be nothing more than a half-baked symptom service.

We must appeal to prime minister Gordon Brown to appoint a publicly accountable royal commission to steer the NHS, allowing it to respond to the needs of patients and front-line staff, from consultants to family doctors.

That would be the proper tribute to the wartime sacrifice of generations of British people when the NHS was born in 1948. I hope Mr Brown will seek a traditional British consensus in taking the NHS back to basics - supporting doctors in helping patients ... and taxpayers.

Dr Vijay Bansal, Warrington.

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