New policies announced to improve hospitals and health care in South Oxfordshire
As the battle lines are drawn for the next general election, and the political focus switches to Britain’s front line public services, Boris Johnson MP this week endorsed new policies announced by Conservatives to improve South Oxfordshire’s hospitals and make it easier for residents to get access to high quality health care.
Under the new Conservative policies, patients will be given the Right to Choose to go to any hospital they want in England. In addition, Conservatives will scrap all the central government targets imposed on local hospitals and GPs. Through being set free from this red-tape, health professionals will be able to respond to clinical rather than bureaucratic priorities. By expanding capacity by offering independent hospitals the right to supply to the NHS, waiting times will also be dramatically slashed back.
Boris Johnson explained;
“In local hospitals such as Townlands we rely more than ever on the hard work of doctors, nurses and consultants. They perform miracles every hour of the day. But everybody knows that the NHS is not as good as it could be. That’s not their fault. It’s the fault of the system, a system which sometimes seemed bent on reducing not improving services, particularly with regard to South Oxfordshire’s Community Hospitals. It is sometimes easy for distant and unresponsive bureaucrats to undervalue the immense importance attached these hospitals by local people.
“Our proposals for a ‘Right to Choose’ will mean that, for the first time ever, patients in South Oxfordshire will be able to choose the hospital that suits their particular needs best, rather than being forced to accept the hospital that suits the Government best. If people want to be treated locally, then they will be allowed to do so. It will mean that hospitals will have the freedom to determine their own future, to hire the people they want and to increase capacity to meet demand. Local people will once more have a say in the provision of local health care services.
“Conservatives want to put the patient first by giving them real choice, taking politicians and bureaucrats out of the running of the NHS. We will give doctors and nurses the freedom to do what they were trained to do, according to clinical priorities, not the Government’s. Let’s offer choice to everyone, not just those who can afford it.”