Chris Ham, Professor of Health Policy and Management at Birmingham University, has criticised the Conservative Health Policy in the British Medical Journal. This scholarly critique had come before Ham was stated as the new Chief Executive of Health Thinktank, the King's Fund. Chris Ham, 59, is an academic.
Ham's blunt comments over the King's Fund had given a jolt to the Fund, which is infamous for being calm observer of healthcare. In his statement, he had criticised the recommendation given by Tory MP Andrew Lansley to the NHS.
Lansley is announced as the new Health Secretary, thereby making Ham's analysis more significant once again.
Chris Ham said that market principles don't work in the cases of chronicle diseases, in those cases recommendations fail, however, it is perfect for the patients, who are going in for simple diagnostic tests or surgeries. He has said that if Lansley moves ahead with the points mentioned in the Manifesto, which permits the Government to have more partnerships with the independent sectors and to have more choices in the hospitals, then it won't be different than conservative Government, once again.
"People going into A&E with heart problems don't want choice in the system, they want a good hospital. We need an essentially much more discerning approach", says Ham. According to him, politicians are not able to deal with these distinctions.