Sorry to disappoint you but his isn’t about Trump or Brexit but please click on the like button before you move on to reading the next post about how the world is ending or how we are entering a new golden age depending on your persuasion.
I had to book a ECG for eldest step son, the consultant wanted it after his new meds had changed so it wasn’t needed for another twelve weeks. I rang the very nice lady at the hospital and as soon as I mentioned the date she had a minor melt down. Apparently if she doesn’t book us an appointment within six weeks the hospital is fined.
Now let’s just think about that for a second, ignore the fact we didn’t need it in six weeks, focus on the fine. This will be a fine imposed by what ever body now runs the NHS. At the time of writing this it’s still a government body but when it’s posted in a week or so it might be Virgin, Timpsons or anther random company the government has contracted it out to. So the fine will go back into the NHS budget but leave the local hospital short, and it’s already in budget difficulties. It’s not just the fine. There is probably a whole department who have to administer the fines. The local hospital will have to employ several people checking they are meeting the deadlines and pay said fines when they don’t.
If you multiply this across the country that’s a lot of money being spent to move more money around. I don’t know how many doctors, nurses that equates to but I imagine a lot. Who on earth thought this was a good idea? I did read and I don’t know if it’s true, but there are now more administrators than doctors and nurses in the NHS. If this is true, then its barking. I’ve often believed that in the NHS and education we don’t need to raise taxes and spend more money, we just need the end nonsense targets and other silly and pointless tasks. Get rid of the unnecessary admin and get on with the core business. But then what do I know? Personally I blame Trump for it all.