Pay for GP and A&E visits, says Sajid Javid. We already do!

Sajid Javid: he wants us to pay twice for NHS GP and A&E services.

How strange that a former Health Secretary doesn’t understand how the National Health Service is funded and wants to charge us twice for the same service!

Here’s the story:

Patients should be charged for GP appointments and visits to A&E, Sajid Javid has said, as he called the present model of the NHS “unsustainable”.

The former health secretary said “extending the contributory principle” should be part of radical reforms to tackle growing waiting times.

In an article for The Times, he called for a “grown-up, hard-headed conversation” about revamping the health service, adding that “too often the appreciation for the NHS has become a religious fervour and a barrier to reform”.

Downing Street told the newspaper the prime minister is not “currently” considering the proposals.

That last line is slightly reassuring, at least. Once the principle of paying for NHS services we’ve already funded gets embedded, there will be no reversing the march of commercialisation.

Let’s be clear, though: there is absolutely no reason for anybody to pay for NHS appointments because Javid’s argument is nonsense.

Making people pay won’t stop people from being sick – it will stop the poorest from being treated. And that would defeat the fundamental principle of the NHS: universal healthcare.

If we’re going to oppose Javid’s lunacy, though, we ought at least to propose something else. Here’s Richard Murphy:

Which would you prefer?

Source: Sajid Javid says patients should be charged for GP and A&E visits to ease waits | ITV News

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