The Department of Health has been contacted as regards the scary 'Skills for Health' ladder, another seemingly idiotic reform that must have been spouted by someone who knows very little about providing a good standard of health care. This is the response received:
Sounds like a load of hot air to me, just like the "Skills for Health" framework. With this kind of useless government scheme it is standard that the very opposite of what is being claimed is actually true, ie "Skills for Health" would be better termed "Lack of Skills for Health".
This kind of pathetic numpty level thinking is responsible for the dumbing down of medical standards in this country. The rise of the Noctor is a worrying phenomenon whereby those without proper training are empowered to do jobs that they are simply not adequately prepared for.
Proper education, proper training, proper examinations, proper experience all mean nothing these days. All one needs is a short training course with minimal assessment, and one if free to have a crack at jobs that previously would only have been done by a registered professional. The rule for the gold standard of any system that many doctors apply is to think, would I be happy if my family member was to be treated by this new professional/system/process?
I can safely say that I would not want anyone I even knew, let alone a member of my close family, being medically managed by one of this new breed of health care professional who do not possess medical degrees. Yet again the government is dumbing down, and yet again it is a false economy. Money will be wasted as standards continue to fall, what fantastic progress, who needs skills for health?