Comments for en-gb 30 Fri 01 Aug 2014 07:57:56 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at busby2 How about more blogs, Evan?This is your first for 14 days and surely you can post blogs more often than that! Sat 05 Jul 2008 20:08:47 GMT+1 maddysday On education: I wonder whether it's generally known that children with SEN are included in a primary school's SATs figures, which may be inappropriate. Also some secondary schools considered not to be achieving the target GCSE standard are not comprehensive but in areas where grammar schools, 11-plus selected, exist.Anyway, is what really matters in a child's life/education measurable through such tests? And what are the unintended consequences of placing such importance on testing? Tue 01 Jul 2008 16:52:22 GMT+1 Rhys Parsons When screening for a genetic abnormality in our unborn child a few years ago, we were offered a CVS test and given the option of paying for a more immediate result (which we did). Paying for extra services is therefore already a part of the NHS.In terms of 'organizing a society' [see comment 1 above], we already have private health care in this country. That means we already have a two-tier health system in our society. Society has already decided that this is acceptable - otherwise we need to ban the private healthcare system.Allowing patients to improve their chances of survival by buying drugs that NICE judges are not, in the general case, value-for-money in the NHS, it seems to me, is simply a humane an morally right choice. If we take the argument that because it is not available to everybody, nobody should have it, then, following that logic to its conclusion, we should not allow ourselves any more healthcare than is available to the poorest of the poor anywhere in the world.The danger, it seems to me, is that NICE and future governments' budgets, may depend on there being extra funding on a patient-by-patient basis. That is the slippery slope to an NHS where only those with money can have adequate care. This must be guarded against - but not at the cost of a humane, pragmatic approach to individual care. Tue 01 Jul 2008 12:33:54 GMT+1 boldginger Blimey Evans - no pretensions to neutrality here eh ? "by far the best and cheapest way to offer a personal service would be to to allow them to buy drugs unavailable on the NHS with their own money." You're showing your economist colours again. If it were such a clear cut issue Evan, then there wouldn't be any quibbles over it would there? There's more to organizing a society than 'efficiency'. Mon 30 Jun 2008 15:59:21 GMT+1