Dear Editor – The uncertain future of the NHS is hitting the headlines as an ageing population and rising chronic illness takes its toll on already tight budgets. I was discouraged to read some of the suggestions for change made by leading health authorities.
Dr Charlotte Jones suggests making wider use of technology by using Skype consultations, rather than sitting face to face with a patient. Aside from the practical concerns with this suggestion (how could an accurate diagnosis be made without a physical examination of the patient?), a vital element of the doctor – patient relationship is lost. The support and devotion of the health care provider to the patient is an integral part of their recovery and well-being. A Skype consultation is one step further away from the emotional and genuine interaction that humans need.
Professor Cohen highlights that over 3 billion pounds are spent in one year for NHS costs. Perhaps it would be better to look at the huge outlay for pharmaceutical medications (a great deal of which is profit) that are apparently not improving the nation’s health regardless of their expense.
Pharmaceutical drugs are designed to relieve uncomfortable symptoms of disease, not to address the underlying cause. This can be likened to removing the warning light on a car’s dashboard and thinking that the problem under the bonnet has gone away. As a result, millions of people receive prescriptions that they will take for the rest of their lives (at great cost to the NHS and profit to the pharmaceutical companies) and often will gain additional prescriptions for the side effects caused by the first.
It would be astute to invest in treatments that resolve disease and establish a healthy, vital body that can resist further illness rather than the present investment in expensive pharmaceuticals prescribed and repeated long term.
The Herbal Clinic – Swansea
Meilyr James BSc (Hons) DBTh DAcu AcuC DIr MGNI.
Registered Medical Herbalist, Iridologist and Acupuncturist
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The Herbal Clinic in Swansea provides natural healthcare with the use of organic herbs, acupuncture and iridology.