I really miss the days when the worst we thought Jeremy Hunt could do to the NHS was privatise it. At least you knew what you were getting with privatisation. But what Mr Hunt is doing, incredibly, manages to be worse.
It has been reported that the General Medical Council closed cases against four senior doctors who held management positions at Stafford Hospital, while neglect and abuse occurred. These physicians face no further action from the GMC, and appear to have suffered none during the investigation.
Embattled NHS boss Sir David Nicholson plans to retire next year. The NHS England chief executive will step down from his
It was via the process of writing to David Nicholson to request a meeting to discuss the possibility of a Department of Health analysis of Dr Phillip Lee MP's hospital plan that I chanced upon the deadly organisational species of a 'delegocracy'.
More needs to be done to protect whistleblowers in the NHS, the government has been warned. The National Audit Office said
The Mid Staffs Public Inquiry report was published last week. It described "appalling care" that flourished because managers "put corporate self-interest and cost control ahead of patients and their safety". Patients were "let down" by a "lack of care, compassion, humanity and leadership".
The Francis Report raises many questions about the future of the NHS. We rightly want to know how we can prevent further shocking failures of care and we want people to be held to account if things do go wrong.