In the firing line are some hapless nurses, to name but three: Bonka Kostova; Biju Reni; Ragula Lice Tagiteu (see link below). One wonders where they were trained, and what the culture (norms, values and beliefs) was of their training establishment? Just an off-the-cuff thought. (Edit: My ‘thought’ here is not racist-motivated, but is me raising a straightforward, practical question about the NHS’s capability to control the quality of its staff in terms of recruiting and training standards, assuming the NHS has little/no option but to recruit people from the four corners of the earth … to satisfy the infinite demand for its services. My dentist is Polish, incidentally, and she’s brilliant).
One then – and often – wonders if the NHS is sustainable, as such?
Meantime, the man who presided over the biggest scandal ever to hit the NHS, er, now runs the NHS. He’s Sir David Nicholson of course. Had to turn off the TV yesterday when he came on to bluff and bluster his way through the interview. How do these people get away with it? No different to the bankers I suppose.
For me, just one more leading indicator of impending transformational change to our society.
Incidentally, did I ever tell you about Professor Herbert Stein? He was erstwhile Professor of Economics at the University of Virginia and Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under Presidents Nixon and Ford. Professor Stein coined a term which has subsequently become known as ‘Stein’s Law’ (funnily enough). Stein’s Law states that “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.” Stein’s Law is more profound than one might think at first glance.
Think, for example, about my wondering above if the NHS is sustainable, as such. Especially when one learns this week (see my earlier post ‘If Proof Were Ever Needed’) that, come 2015, the UK government’s finances will be some £64 billion short of what’s needed to keep the wheels on: that’s pretty much the total cost of the NHS’s secondary healthcare system … of which Mid-Staffs NHS Foundation Trust is a part.
‘Stafford Scandal: Nurse Told Patient “I Hate You”‘ (DT 7 Feb 13): http://tinyurl.com/b4mxp58