NHS - Failure as usual
150 health centres, 100 GP practices, a £100m injection - Times Online
Lord Darzi’s review, Our NHS, Our Future, promises a fair health service for all, tailored to the individual patient, and delivering safe, effective and innovative care.
NHS may be sick, but this won’t cure it | Nigel Hawkes: Analysis - Times Online
Take a blank canvas. Talk to 1,500 NHS staff. Spend 12 weeks thinking hard. And then come up with the ideas you first thought of.
That, in a nutshell, is a brutal but not inaccurate summary of the review of the NHS by Lord Darzi of Denham, published yesterday.
Astonishingly, it identified as problems exactly the same things the Prime Minister and the Health Secretary have themselves been talking about for months: access to family doctors out of hours (Gordon Brown) and MRSA (Alan Johnson). Surely, in a system that now costs £90 billion a year, employs 1.3 million people and treats a million patients a day, Lord Darzi might have identified issues not already flagged up in a hundred tired political speeches?
To a tiny degree, he did. He correctly points out the glacial slowness of the NHS to adopt new ideas or buy into new technologies.
He then goes on to propose the wrong solution, a centralised health innovation council to “champion” change.
Such bodies have come and gone as swiftly as the dew on an autumn morning.....
Perhaps the most depressing thing of all is not what the report says, but the reaction to it.
Almost all the great and the good who have backed every half-baked intitiative for the past decade emerged to say how pleased they were.
Not only has the NHS stifled good healthcare; it has bought off those who are supposed to act as candid friends, and made them complicit in perpetuating its failures.