NHS should be fair and open to all

NHS should be fair and open to all

NHS should be fair and open to all

First published in Letters by

IN RESPONSE to the letter by ‘Ann’ printed on August 13, while I agree that it is unfair that York Teaching Trust NHS foundation continue not to fund IVF, I must raise an issue with other points made in the letter.

You state the NHS waste money on “drunks and drug takers.” Calling someone a “drunk” is not helpful as alcoholism and drug abuse are, in the 21st century, recognised as diseases, and both are heavily influenced by socio-economic factors and are not simply “lifestyle choices.”

The reason that I feel the Trust withholding funding for IVF is unfair is that is goes against two of Nye Bevan’s founding principles of the NHS, the first being that “ it meets the needs of everyone” and the second “ that it be free at the point of delivery.”

I feel this should be applied equally to people with drug and alcohol issues as to those who are seeking IVF. You suggest the NHS is wasting money on “drunks and drug takers as this is of their own doing,” so should they also refuse to treat people who have cancer because of smoking and people who are obese through eating unhealthily?

Gareth Oliver, Ardsley House, Del Pyke, York.

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10:29am Fri 15 Aug 14

goatman says...

Medical progress has moved on immeasurably since the formation of the NHS. I can't imagine that it was ever set up to provide some of the treatments now offered. And equally I suspect it's founders never envisaged the amount of administration which appears to be required to run it now.
Medical progress has moved on immeasurably since the formation of the NHS. I can't imagine that it was ever set up to provide some of the treatments now offered. And equally I suspect it's founders never envisaged the amount of administration which appears to be required to run it now. goatman
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11:44am Fri 15 Aug 14

graph82 says...

I am not sure I fully understand your comment about medical progress moving on, surely this is a good thing and is a core aspect of the NHS. In terms of red tape I defiantly agree, this is part of what is killing the NHS.
I am not sure I fully understand your comment about medical progress moving on, surely this is a good thing and is a core aspect of the NHS. In terms of red tape I defiantly agree, this is part of what is killing the NHS. graph82
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2:08pm Fri 15 Aug 14

York2000 says...

The right wing media love to bash people 'on benefits' (apart from pensioners of course who are more likely to vote right wing). So there's always the 'I am disgusted at this, people on benefits rar rar rar.' The original letter was so confused, the Press should not have printed it. But then again, the Press is right wing, and part of the problem.
The right wing media love to bash people 'on benefits' (apart from pensioners of course who are more likely to vote right wing). So there's always the 'I am disgusted at this, people on benefits rar rar rar.' The original letter was so confused, the Press should not have printed it. But then again, the Press is right wing, and part of the problem. York2000
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2:13pm Fri 15 Aug 14

graph82 says...

I know.. I have just moved back to York after living in Manchester and so occasionally have a read of the press again shocked how right wing and anti York council it is
I know.. I have just moved back to York after living in Manchester and so occasionally have a read of the press again shocked how right wing and anti York council it is graph82
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5:34pm Fri 15 Aug 14

non pedalling pete says...

graph82 wrote:
I know.. I have just moved back to York after living in Manchester and so occasionally have a read of the press again shocked how right wing and anti York council it is
Most of the residents in York are anti council and with good reasons.
[quote][p][bold]graph82[/bold] wrote: I know.. I have just moved back to York after living in Manchester and so occasionally have a read of the press again shocked how right wing and anti York council it is[/p][/quote]Most of the residents in York are anti council and with good reasons. non pedalling pete
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8:51pm Fri 15 Aug 14

graph82 says...

non pedalling pete wrote:
graph82 wrote:
I know.. I have just moved back to York after living in Manchester and so occasionally have a read of the press again shocked how right wing and anti York council it is
Most of the residents in York are anti council and with good reasons.
fair enough but surely the local paper should be unbiased
[quote][p][bold]non pedalling pete[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]graph82[/bold] wrote: I know.. I have just moved back to York after living in Manchester and so occasionally have a read of the press again shocked how right wing and anti York council it is[/p][/quote]Most of the residents in York are anti council and with good reasons.[/p][/quote]fair enough but surely the local paper should be unbiased graph82
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