On a more serious note, this would be difficult to implement. Any medical system without virtually limitless resources must prioritise assessment and treatment on clinical grounds. Whilst this would appeal to me personally, I'd probably think differently if my desperately ill wife/child/relative were to be bumped down a list so some service person could get their ingrowing toenail done on a day that suited them.
For veterans, my take on this would be to shake up the war pensions system and instigate more rigorous enforcement of the (already extant) treatment regulations.
For serving personnel, more effort needs to be made on the Regional Rehab units and, quite simply, joined up thinking on medical admin between units and medical providers. At least they've scrapped the Y list now. Thank God!
I think the idea of families not losing their place on NHS waiting lists due to a unit move is a very good thing. Not so sure about the rest it would depend on what they were intending to allow them to queue jump for. As said earlier on the thread you have to maintain the status quo (or rather improve on the current one) of the most serious cases being seen first.
Maybe if they prioritise within each group ie serious forces personnel, serious, civilian, routine personnel, routine civilian. Either way it will have opposition I am sure
Under the Conservativesâ plans, servicemen and women could automatically go to the front of NHS waiting lists to keep them fit for duty. One radical option being examined is to extend this for the rest of their lives in recognition of their service to their country.
Priority may also be offered to the families of serving personnel who can otherwise lose their places in NHS waiting lists if they are transferred to a new area of the country.