The UK national healthcare system has been infested by insatiable corporatism to the detriment of its patients, award-winning journalist John Pilger told RT. He warns that the situation is now set to get even worse.
The National Health System (NHS) is on the edge the abyss and simple funding increase would hardly resolve this issue, the BAFTA award-winning documentary filmmaker told RT’s Going Underground. The problem? UK healthcare has been plagued with a systemic flaw and its name is “corporate managerial culture that is rife throughout the NHS.”
Pilger believes that any additional funding would eventually go to management consultancy that he says only makes the situation in the NHS worse. In 2014 alone, between $350 million and $600 million worth of taxpayer money were spent on management consultancy, according to the University of Bristol.
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Pilger is convinced this would only serve to make British medical facilities less efficient.
“The influence of management consultancy was negative and destructive. And for that, the taxpayers paid hundreds of millions of pounds,” he said.
The renowned filmmaker blames this situation on a creeping offensive of the private industries on the public healthcare system.
The Department of Health did not originally have a single civil servant in the NHS. They have all come through a revolving door from the private health industry. You have a complete contamination, if you like, from the private healthcare.
Top positions within the system have by now been occupied by the members of corporate elites. One prime example is the current NHS CEO Simon Stevens, who spent a decade working for the United HealthCare – an American health insurance company that has a quite controversial reputation, according to Pilger.
Even though it doesn’t mean Stevens himself has to have a “notorious reputation,” he “spent ten years climbing the ladder of one of the most rapacious health insurance companies the world” and was apparently “committed to the company’s ethos” to such a point that he was eventually promoted to the position of the global health department before becoming the head of the NHS England under David Cameron’s government.