I started work in the NHS less than 30 years after it's inception. All my working life the NHS has been plagued by repeated and massive disruption at the hands of successive governments. The fuckers just couldn't leave it alone to get on with the job. And while the administrative and managerial part of the NHS has burgeoned the clinical capability has been cut and cut again.
We have been hobbled by increasing regulation, control and short sightedness. Only last week Gloucester Royal Infirmary came to a complete standstill because of a complete IT failure. So how did we manage to function in the days before computers?
And now it is on the verge of implosion. We are approaching a state of affairs where we will no longer be able to treat the sick. What a sad end to this man's worthy dream.
It's been shown on numerous occasions that when there is a disaster in the way a patient is treated it's almost never due to a single failing in the system. It's usually a series of errors and deficiencies that add up to the disaster, which could have been averted if just one step on the pathway had been rectified. If you are one of those who watches TV programmes about aircraft crashes you will be familiar with a similar phenomenon at work here.
Something similar has recently happened in the world of architecture. Here you have a building that was designed presumably by a team of architects. They will have submitted their design to their clients for approval. The design will have been examined by civil engineers, planners, building constuctors etc, scores, perhaps hundreds of people. Why did no-one say anything? Did they not notice?
What a cock up!
A nice bit of pointless and ridiculous scaremongering in the DT this morning, under the blaring headline "mad cow infected blood to kill 1000" The article is full of "ifs" "maybes" and other terms showing that the suggested scenario is nothing more than highly speculative fiction. In the body of the article it admits that there have been no new cases in the UK for 2 years, and that in fact there may be no more in future. What a load of shit.
As of this morning my previous post warning people off the scam that is "Lean Muscle X" has been visited 27,616 times. I have no doubt that a proportion of these will have heeded my advice and avoided falling into this expensive trap. This is a source of considerable satisfaction to me.
I've noticed this morning another scam ad for the same product under a different name. They've even used the same photographs. The method of these crooks is unchanged. Get free trials of two products, as long as you authorise future unlimited deductions from your credit card. The claims made for the products are ridiculous and totally implausible and unfeasible.
If you want to avoid some very nasty surprises when your credit card statement comes through DO NOT fall for this scam.
If you read the reader comments on some
news articles relating to health and science you can get to despair.
The impression you get is that the general public are ignorant and
stupid beyond belief. The strength of opinion expressed in favour of
homeopathy, chiropracty etc, and the blind opposition to such things
as vaccination and fluoridation simply make you throw your hands up.
What is wrong with these people? Why do they have such ill informed
views? What's happened to our education system that such ignorance
about scientific matters is so prevalent. Why do these people delude
themselves that they know anything about it.
It's not helped by our politicians. We
have a health secretary in Jeremy Hunt who believes in homeopathy and
seriously seems to think he's qualified to speak on clinical matters.
What a twat. The fact alone that Cameron should think this fool a
suitable person to appoint to run the NHS is proof enough that he's
not a fit prime minister.
When scientists are left alone to get
on with the job what they can achieve is outstanding. In this one
week alone there are reported breakthroughs which may well lead to a
cure for HIV, and the harnessing of nuclear fusion. I wonder if the
general public realise the magnitude of these steps forward.
And yet, when you hand these things
over to the politicians they can fuck it up so completely that we
could be facing having the lights turned off for an inability to
provide enough electricity. In medicine now we are gradually being
totally stripped of our professionalism as the politicians and those
gong chasing twats at the GMC collude to try and turn doctors into
mindless automatons, blindly following the dictates of protocols and
guidelines. The concept of clinical discretion and autonomy totally
vilified. When will they learn that to get the best results out of
scientists and professionals what is required of politicians is that
they simply look on in awe at the endeavours of better men, and keep
their meddling fingers out?