Saturday, 3 March 2007

REGIONAL HEALTH

Health issues in the UK often mention the mantra, ‘postcode lottery.’ The latest use of it concerns IVF treatment on the NHS. You can get it for free dependent upon where you live.
The postcode lottery can be devastating for someone who cannot get the treatment, or the drugs, they need. It is right that an equal service should be provided across the country. But just think about what we’re actually saying here.
Alongside the ‘postcode lottery’ is another mantra, ‘central control.’ This sends a shiver down the spine of free-thinking people. Government, they argue, should be decentralized, with as little central control as possible.
I happen to agree, but in damning the postcode lottery, aren’t we being a touch hypocritical?

© Anthony North, March 2007

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