Misguided, Misquoted or Misunderstood?
Dame Carol Black has caused quite a stir with her reported suggestion that there should be a national debate on whether those in employment should be prioritised for NHS treatment.
Click here for the article. She is also coming in for some vitriolic responses to her suggestion elsewhere in the media. What might have started life as an off the cuff remark with perceived academic/philosophical merit has quickly been turned into a very hot ethical potato.
If employers were given every possible encouragement and assistance to fund health services privately, would there be a need for such a contentious debate?
They should be given full tax relief (not just an arbitrary £500 cap) on every aspect of private health including self funded clinical interventions, all occupational health services and all types of private health insurances whether an employee’s medical condition is work related or not.