NHS Reforms May Alter Accuracy of Public Health Data

NHSIt seems that it would not be that easy for the controversial Health and Social Care Act to seam through the path ahead as a recent report has claimed that the collection of mental health needs of patients from general practice registrations is not that accurate to make a clear picture of healthcare, which later could prove put to be harmful. It has been told that the new act allows the local councils to take care of public health services including childhood immunisation, HIV and sexual health and mental health.

Even the financial support for all services except emergency care has been assigned to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), which would be allowed to take care of patients from any region in the UK and for that, they can also outsource services to private healthcare providers. The report which could be read in the British Medical Journal has made it clear that the NHS reforms could actually mar the future of patients.

It is quite obvious that without having the concrete information in hands, there would be lack of accuracy in the date recorded which would further make things a lot difficult for the healthcare services to take care of millions of patients.

"We have a real disaster unfolding”, said Professor Allyson Pollock, of Public Health Research and Policy at Queen Mary, University of London, while claiming that there is need for retaining the area based populations to have a more refined system. “If this happens people will no longer be counted, the health service will no longer be universal and it will be almost impossible to allocate resources fairly”, said Pollock.

In response to the warning given by Allyson Pollock, Health Minister Simon Burns lashed out at him, thereby claiming that he is misleading the general public to hamper the healthcare system.