Memorandum submitted by Mrs Josephine
Hyde-Hartley (CP 34)
Charges for treatments, including prescriptions,
dentistry and optical services; and hospital services (such as
telephone and TV use and car parking) are neither equitable or
appropriate. They should be abolished.
The original and Best founding principles of the
NHS are that it should be paid for by our taxes and be free at
the point of contact, for all citizens in an emergency or otherwise.
Unless "Co-payment" includes a working
"voluntary" element, it becomes a preposterous and pretentious
pretext designed to benefit the "interests" of those
who seek to over-regulate the public, because it's what they normally
do. (See 1689 Bill of rights)
For example; both employees and patients of
my local NHS Trust Hospital have "no alternative" other
to pay for parking, either because it is removed from their wages
or because there are no free car parks on-site.
As employees, we have to write a letter to the car
parking people to get them to stop removing this monthly fee.
Personally I argued to get my parking fee cut down, because I
work part time. Otherwise we have to find elsewhere to park off-site,
with no security or run the risk of "routine" penalty.
Creeping regulations! This is a fine example of how
this so-called litigation culture is creeping into our lives as
free citizens. (It also sounds uncannily like Lord Turners latest
idea to "encourage" us to buy extra pensions cover)
Meanwhile on the wards it is plainly unfair
that some patients cannot access the TV service over their beds
because they have not the immediate means. Eg patients with no
money and no-one to speak up for their rights, and whose journey
through the various hospital wards might be very quick.
You should find out exactly whose "best interests"
are being provided for, in the case of all these "co-payments"
which have crept into the NHS, of late.
I hope you will discover that we can find a better
way to redress any inappropriate inequalities which you may find.
I have, in my "action research (n of 1)" which is still
"in process". This is without recourse to this so-called
litigation culture, which is spoiling the lives and jobs of too
many (equal) stakeholders in UK Health and Social care.
I am currently trying to remedy similar inequitable
and inappropriate burdens associated with my NHS contract and
status as a patient in the best way I can find for all equal stakeholders,
through "working in partnership".
I think I have boiled it down to a question
of "honour", for the sake of reducing costs all round,
in an emergency. To recover our Rights and liberties we should
harness the best spirit of "voluntarism", to remedy
ridiculous and frustrating inequalities. The "Best interests"
of the public are paramount in the Public Services.
Through "honour" we should be able to complement
the Best practices of Public Service with private freedoms, by
"working in partnership". Through "raising a concern"
we can share the risks associated with avoiding inequitable and
inappropriate burdens, thus activating our Human Rights and liberties
to improve things, where others cannot help.
Accountability can be used as an instrument
of peaceful new deals for equal stakeholders, and as far as I
can see the "up and coming" laws, legislations, policies
and systems would allow this perfectly easily. If people would
only communicate more openly!
I am wondering if there is some kind of "Hybrid"
Law to support such local action. I'm thinking about this at the
moment, but as a "common" person it's all a bit strange
and difficult, due to cultural and institutional barriers.
However, at this point I want to thank "Parliament"
and all who are involved in these wonderfully empowering IT systems,
which have allowed me to learn so much about this world and our
Public Services, albeit in an awkward and clumsy way.
You might want to contact my good MP Janet Anderson,
for a reference.
Mrs Josephine Hyde-Hartley
14 December 2005