The NHS is sick,
the patient needs fixing. It needs new
It needs new
funds not as before, money spent on administrators, on ‘consultants’ (and I don’t
mean the medical kind), on IT projects, spin machines and smoke and mirrors accounting
It needs to be
rid of the Spine project and all the associated database projects that have
been sucking the NHS dry, causing division and many legal questions over the
right of GP’s to protect their patients files, security of the data and who
will have access to it.
Do away with the
bullshit from Ministers that closing down beds is a sign of success, rather
than the truth which is there is no more money to fund them. The 12,500 staff
that have been laid off in the past year know the truth.
As for the IT
projects within NHS, well they are terminally ill. The high tech companies that
are putting it in are saying it, not just the protestors and political
opposition, but the IT firms.
Fujitsu is one of
the main suppliers to NPfIT, after winning three local service provider
contracts worth a total of almost £2bn.
“What we are
trying to do is run an enormous programme with the techniques that we are
absolutely familiar with for running small projects. And it isn't working. And it isn't going to work. Unless we do some
serious thinking about that – about the challenges of scale and how you scale
up to an appropriate size – then I think we are out on a limb.”
“There is a
belief that the national programme is somehow going to propel transformation in
the NHS simply by delivering an IT system. Nothing could be further from the
truth. A vacuum, a chasm, is opening up.”
Amazing !!! After nearly 10 years, 20 billion
pounds spent and another 20 billion committed, they are only now beginning to think about how to do it !!!
Cut the losses, scrap the project, and put the money
where its needed, into front line services, where NuLab promised in their
manifesto to put them in the first place.