A Nice Gesture, But That’s All It Is…

…when the lunch is still free:

Patients discharged from hospital could be given a breakdown of how much their treatment has cost the NHS.

Because that will miraculously cause them to care, you see, and rethink their spendthrift ways…

Hospital bosses are considering the move to raise awareness of how much various tests, procedures and visits cost, encouraging patients to “value” and “appreciate” the service.

Those who are inclined to value and appreciate it already do, and those who aren’t, aren’t going to because they are presented with a ‘bill’ they don’t have to actually pay!

It’s not rocket science.

Mr Morley, who could introduce the printout of costs by the end of next year, said: “I don’t think people recognise the value of what we have in the NHS.

“What we get for free, we often take for granted.

“It’s reminding people how precious the NHS is.

“We have people coming into A&E for paracetamol because they have a headache. It costs an A&E visit for something they could get for pennies.

“We still prescribe paracetamol for people.

“Is that right when most people have it at home in their cupboards?”

No. So stop doing it!

Don’t just point out how much it costs to people who don’t care, because you’re still going to give it to them!

“The NHS is all of ours and when somebody has been through A&E eight times in a month, it’s a lot of money.

“But I don’t want people to feel this is a disincentive for coming in.

“It’s so people make the best use of the NHS and appreciate it.

“If you had been in the US, you would have had to pay for it.”

You hit the nail right on the head there! Until they do ‘pay for it’, they aren’t going to respect it.

You are expecting the shameless to have shame. You might as well wish for ice water in the desert.

5 comments for “A Nice Gesture, But That’s All It Is…

  1. Rob F
    November 9, 2012 at 7:04 pm


    I was prescribed paracetamol after an operation to rebuild my anterior cruciate ligament. This was despite already being on co-codamol (the NHS ‘lost’ my records for years and as a result, I developed osteoarthritis in the knee joint due to it having been unstable for so long).

    I can’t remember how much the prescription costs were back then (I’m guessing about £5.80 per item), but I was damned if I was going to pay that for a pack of 32 paracetamol!

    • November 10, 2012 at 7:12 am

      Well, indeed. It’s utter madness.

  2. ivan
    November 9, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Maybe, just maybe, if they removed about three layers of management from all sections of the NHS and actually looked at equipment usage as they do in industry, costs would come down.

    We need to see the NHS accounts set out to show the proportion of total spend spent on management and office staff because, at the moment, it appears there are more chiefs than indians.

    Also, from an engineering point of view they would be better off using some of their very expensive equipment round the clock rather than from 9 to 5. That way they would also greatly shorten the waiting times for its use.

    In fact all of this just shows the stupidity of putting arts graduates in charge of what is essentially engineering systems.

  3. Andrew
    November 10, 2012 at 2:39 am


    They’re trying to make people feel guilty about a service they’re forced to pay for.

    • November 10, 2012 at 7:16 am

      And the ones who will feel guilt are the ones who have the least reason to do so – the elderly!

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