I am astonished to see your comment piece claiming current policies have 'saved the NHS'. It certainly doesn't seem like it to me or any of my colleagues, and I wonder which planet the author has been on.

I.am astonished to see.your comment piece claiming current policies have 'saved the NHS'. It certainly doesn't seem like it to me or any of my colleagues, and I wonder which planet the author has been on.

We have had endless reorganisations, incoherent and contradictory policies, money wasted on IT systems, management consultants and private finance initiative.contracts.

The service is being rapidly fragmented, which will make everything less efficient, and a wasteful market is being.introduced. Preferential terms have been given to.private sector providers, who are cherry-picking easier patients and making large profits while damaging essential training.

Medical training is being dumbed down and the chaos of the medical training application service will drive thousands abroad. Nurses and physiotherapists are trained but cannot find work even though their skills are badly needed.

Saved the NHS? I don't think so.

Andrea Franks, consultant dermatologist, Countess of Chester Hospital foundation trust.