The Independent sets out an interesting perspective on NHS Funding and the dangers of political management of the NHS. I would suggest that the impact is worse than hollow words and vanity projects. The current system creates a parent/child relationship where the NHS is stuck waiting for politicians to come up with the next mad idea , ( think Phil Dunphy in Modern Family) instead of addressing its fundamental structural and cultural challenges.
Acatastrophic funding black hole with £22bn to be saved by 2020; increased waiting times for tests and treatments; opaque plans about how to make things better. The NHS is in crisis - and deep winter, the flu season, has yet to arrive. The NHS needs more money, no doubt: out of the original 15 EU member countries, we are 13th for healthcare spending. But there is no point spending more on healthcare if it is wasted. Take the Health and Social Care Act, which has meant millions for commissioning, contracts and administration - and for NHS instability. The Act opened the door to competition and private companies have increasingly moved into the NHS. But markets in medicine expect failures, and account for it.