Wireless Healthcare

Few would suggest that access to healthcare should be dependent on your economic benefit to society, your age or ethnicity. However, two years ago we saw treatment in Britain’s hospitals rationed for the first time since the formation of the NHS.

Over provisioning during its early years created the illusion of an NHS that would forever be equitable. When it came under pressure, usually due to sudden changes in demographics the government funded increases in capacity. The first serious capacity crunch occurred during the nineteen nineties when First World War baby boomers approached the end of their lives. Bed blocking by elderly patients and extended waits for routine treatment were, depending on your political hue blamed either on under investment by Conservative governments or Labour governments’s failure to modernise a creaking state enterprise.

The first decade of this century saw problems the NHS experienced ten years early largely disappear. There are multiple reasons why the capacity crisis ended, one being the people who caused dying. In 2002 Steinkrug Publications Ltd began publishing a series of reports highlighting challenges the NHS faced in the Internet age and suggesting the capacity crisis which, like other problems that go away on their own, would come back on its own in two decades time, again due to demographics. Now Covid has provided us with an early warning of what is to come now is good time to revisit our ‘Wireless Healthcare’ reports.