Today I have made my first contribution to the Institute of Economic Affairs Blog.  

The piece details my view that, with the inevitable public spending cuts that will be happening in the UK, there is an historic opportunity for reform of healthcare provision by removing all NHS healthcare facilities from the NHS and putting them in to private ownership.  The NHS can then re-cast itself as a funding and standard-setting institution. 

I hope that this will be the first of many pieces that can generate some lively discussion as I have been asked by the IEA to become a regular contributor.


The past six months have been somewhat of a roller-coaster for me, not to mention for my family.  In October I was taken ill very suddenly and admitted to an NHS hospital, not an experience that I would want to repeat.

To cut a very long story short, the Accident and Emergency staff neglected to notice that I had perforated my bowel and it was only thanks to the quick thinking of my husband and the care of the private sector that I am here today.  I had my final operation a month ago and I am now fully recovered.

One very sobering thought is that while I was in hospital last October there was another lady in the Intensive Care Unit (ITU) with a similar problem to me.  She was not fortunate enough to have private medical insurance so was left at the mercy of the NHS.  My husband last saw her daughter one evening who reported that her mother had been so badly neglected following transfer to the ward that she suffered multiple organ failure and had been readmitted to ITU.  We don’t know how she got on but that 15 year old girl had been told that her mother had very little chance of surviving the night.

One thing that my experience has taught me is that the work of NFR and its supporters is so important.  I don’t want anyone to go through the experience that I had.  I know from painful experience that the NHS does not live up to the promises of 1948 and that the time has come for major reform of health care in the UK.

Nobody should be dying of neglect on the wards of one of London’s leading teaching hospitals.

This is the link to my latest success.

My husband Dr. Tim Evans and I have co-edited the latest edition of Economic Affairs, the quarterly journal of the Institute of Economic Affairs.

This journal is circulated to many of the world’s leading economists and contains a number of scholarly articles.

A very good read, even if I do say so myself!

Today I will be attending the Christmas lunch at the Institute of Economic Affairs.  I will be one of four guests of honour.  My fellow diners include a number of leading academics and economists.

The IEA is the think tank that, earlier this year, published my book Sixty Years On: Who cares for the NHS?

I am sorry that there have been no postings on this blog recently.  In late October I was admitted to hospital for major emergency surgery and have only recently returned home.

I am now well on the way to recovery with just one more operation due in the spring.  Therefore, normal service will very shortly be resumed!

As regular readers of this blog will be aware, I have been commenting on the decline of the NHS for quite some time now.  However, even I was surprised when I called for an emergency ambulance only to be told that even though I had acute and worsening abdominal pain I was not a priority and that an ambulance would not be with me for at least 2 hours.  My husband then drove me to the hospital where my condition was not accurately diagnosed and what should have been routine surgery with a relatively speedy recovery turned in to emergency surgery requiring a week long stay in the intensive care unit and a prolonged period of recovery.

I am sure that you will have noticed that activity on this blog has been somehwhat light of late.  However, that does not mean that there has been no NFR activity.

I have spent the past few months editing a major piece of NFR research that will be published later this year by the Institute of Economic Affairs.  This report is the centre piece of a major NFR campaign that will coinside with the sixieth anniversary of the NHS.

I have also been made a health fellow at the Adam Smith Institute and will speak at one of their major bi-annual Independent Seminar on the Open Society conferences on 1st July.

Finally, as part of the NFR transatlantic programme I will be participating in some recorded interviews that will be used to describe to American opinion formers the real problems of the NHS.

The Stockholm Network is one of Europe’s leading market oriented think tanks and in the first edition of their new Health and Welfare Newsletter NFR has a leading article discussing the role of the State in healthcare.

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