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The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | Monday, August 17, 2009

The British healthcare system must be open to criticism

The British healthcare system the NHS is often cited as a model in the debate over US healthcare. Yet it must not be immune to criticism at home, writes Philip Johnston in his blog for the conservative newspaper The Daily Telegraph: "What is it about politics in this country that anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxies is howled down? They are traduced and dismissed as barmy, never to be taken seriously, even if there is some good sense to what they say. The latest to be banished to this nether world of eccentrics is MEP Daniel Hannan ... . He dared to question the consensus on the funding and structure of the NHS. After all, what could possibly be wrong with an institution established more than 60 years ago in the aftermath of war and whose delivery has hardly been reformed in the meantime? ... We have a huge self-serving nexus of officials, inspectors and auditors who merely perpetuate a system that is both profligate and inefficient."

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