The NHS is in the news, so it’s probably time to promote the hell out of this awesome blog I found! Point the first: There is no relationship between “rising demand” for A&E treatment and waiting times. Also, a large majority of people waiting in A&E need to be admitted, so there is no point…Read More You should be reading Matt Black’s fantastic NHS blog
This is a fascinating insight – the best-performing NHS trusts are the ones with more managers. That will annoy both the Tory types for whom the only people who exist in the NHS are doctors, and the Chris Dillow caucus left-libertarians who hate managers. But wait one. The researchers defined a manager as someone with…Read More a couple of links about NHS management
So we blogged about the abject failure of privatisers Circle and Hinchingbrooke hospital, the one where they boasted of using tills like the ones in Argos: And whilst waiting in A&E, an unusually high number of patients (double the national average) left before being seen, fed up of waiting – and presumably unimpressed by the…Read More Errr…Tesco. Yes. That must be it. Do I get a biscuit?
Here’s a brutal sickburn on the journos, wanktankers, and pols who were taken in by the privatisers of Hinchingbrooke Hospital, who have now done a bunk ahead of the inspectors after the place turned out to be a sinister deathtrap run by Nurse Ratchet: We heard the staff member say to the patient ‘don’t misbehave,…Read More #iwaswrong – public sector co-op edition
I find it both reassuring, and intensely funny, that after all the effort to get rid of the Secretary of State for Health’s duty to provide an NHS, top NHS officials are now moaning that Jeremy Hunt is micromanaging them. Sir Bruce Keogh can probably handle being micromanaged by someone like Hunt, and in general,…Read More The system has won, and damn right too
Perhaps I should apply for Chair of the Whittington NHS trust.Read More opportunities
A couple of things. For a start, I’m not all impressed with this “let’s see if Iain Duncan Smith can live for a week on JSA”. Of course he fucking can; he owns his home, he pays his bills on monthly direct debits, his fridge is probably full, and if he’s any less daft than…Read More In which IDS eats out of his fridge for a week and straight to the Lords
It’s time to review this post on the implementation of the Tories’ Health & Social Care Act in my local area. The news is, I think, good. The local rag: The Haringey branch of national pressure group 38 Degrees is only the third in the country to get all its suggested amendments on buying health…Read More Fixed in place
Well, I’m on record as saying that since June, 2010, I’m all in with Team Desiccated Calculating Machine. And wouldn’t that be a good name for a blog. So, here’s a bland and technocratic thing. The Health Service Journal reports Andy Burnham’s NHS speech, and seems to think it’s pretty good. The key points are…Read More Sensible ideas.
Pretty much everyone in the mobile business loves “m-health” these days. There are a couple of reasons for this – they imagine there’s money in it, it’s great CSR/public relations/lobby fodder, and it’s the sort of thing futurists chinstroke about. But I think we’re all barking up the wrong tree. Here’s the problem. The typical…Read More M-Health apps that don’t suck.