It's hard to keep up with the news, there is just so much utter rubbish spouted from various media orifices that it is very hard to know where to start one's dismantling from. Certainly Andy Burnham's recent disingenuous ideas are as good a place as any to start, Dr Crippen has hit the nail on the head yet again:
"The demand is insatiable, and the only way the government can cater for it is by dumbing-down the service and moving towards a 24/7 "medical supermarket"."
The sheer nonsensical nature of the continued NHS reform beggars belief, the same failed ideas continue to be tried out again and again and again. It is no surprise that they continue to fail miserably. With the recession rolling on and debt levels high, cuts will inevitably be made in the places in which they will be felt the most. The real motives are hinted at here by Dr G.
The weak reporting of the the poorly explained entitity of 'misdiagnosis' really got my goat this week. The 'BBC investigation' was dramatic and breathtaking in the BBC's minds, in reality they showed nothing new but were rehashing and sensationalising the work of others. Strange that the beeb didn't mention how anyone can have a crack at diagnosis these days, just a few weeks with a toy stethoscope can give you the power these days.
I bet the useless NHS empire of bureaucracy that is made up by the DoH/SHAs/PCTs will not be trimmed, the front line services will be the ones to suffer as the aforementioned lame duck organisations waste money hiring management consultants and employing more idiots in trying to increase efficiency. Idiots will always try to improve efficiency by hiring efficiency officers to oversee efficiency reforms, a better management strategy would be to cut the ineffective rot out of the system. The problem is that the inefficient rot is running the show and as a result the NHS is doomed.