The DoH has replied as regards questions on PAs via the freedom of information act.
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I then responded to this weak piece of evidence:
'I am not convinced by this rather long winded piece of writing. It has not published in a journal and has not been peer-reviewed. Do you not have any evidence other than this? And by evidence I mean something that has been published in a reputable peer-reviewed journal.
Birmingham University Health Services Management Centre is a renowned research centre. It is their decision as to whether and where they publish their research.”
‘As the role is new to this country, there is no other evidence apart from testimonials from a number of Consultants and General Practitioners who have worked with PAs.’
Though we are aware of the contribution nurse practitioners are making, and continue to support their development, it is vital that local organisations are able to make investment decisions based on local conditions. We trust our front-line doctors and nurses to know what is best for their patients, which is why we have introduced practice-based commissioning, so that their decisions can be put into effect, within the strategic intent of the PCT. ‘
Given that the DoH keeps going on about their policy being open to public scrutiny:
to public scrutiny. Department of Health publications may also be ordered via the Parliamentary hotline (0845 702 3474). However, the Department of Health website is an excellent vehicle for publicising DH policy and is very widely used having 875,897 unique users in November 2006, 618,055 in December 2006 and 830,614 in January 2007. With regard to your suggestion on lone voting, the Department is always looking to update and improve its website. Your suggestion has been passed to the Department of Health website management board for consideration in future website updates.
Additionally, if you have concerns regarding Government health policy, you may wish to consider contacting your local member of Parliament, who, as your elected representative, is best placed to take up your concerns on a national level.’
It is also exceedingly worrying that this regime will use rather inconsistent and illogical arguments to justify its pursuit of policy based on ideology. They care not for evidence and efficiency, they are simply pursuing a predetermined ideological path at any cost. This is negligent and it is a danger to us all.