The NHS – a matter of life or death?

When matters of life or death necessitate quick, accurate decisions and treatment of the highest quality, the NHS offers the best healthcare in the world. It’s only when the bureaucracy has a chance to catch up that things start to go badly wrong. A recent family trauma showed us the very best and worst of the NHS, all in the space of the same treatment. Continue reading

Clutter!

Recently, I was lucky enough to stay in a wonderful old house in France. You could actually feel the history in the place and it provided a wonderful setting for a break. What intrigued me about the house though were the furnishings that the owners had chosen to add. Some were beautiful antiques (don’t throw that ball in here kids!), which added to the grandness of the property. However, what fascinated me was the shear number of them. Continue reading

Deeply Dippy from Dangerous Data

News agencies across the country have been frothing at the mouth over the possibility of a triple dip recession. I have puzzled over this term for a while now, as headline-friendly economic analysis uses the same old this quarter/last quarter, this year/last year comparatives that drive me nuts. What then, does the UK’s growth rate look like when you put it into time series SPC charts? Continue reading

What Poses More Danger To The NHS; Dirty Data Or Dumb Leadership?

Writing blogs on poor management of the NHS is like shooting the proverbial fish in the barrel, but two articles in the papers this weekend have raised the insanity levels higher than ever. The first piece brought forth the startling revelation that Jeremy Hunt wants to criminalise the gaming of targets Continue reading

A room without a view

It’s probably not a good idea to blog angry, but here goes.

This was supposed to be about my own recent experience of NHS treatment, but that blog is now on hold after I went to visit my Gran in hospital today. She’s 92 and was in reasonable health until recently. Yes she was frail and had suffered a couple of falls, but her underlying health was ok. She was admitted due to a chest infection. Much to my regret, I hadn’t seen her for a couple of months and I really wasn’t prepared for the sight that greeted me, as I barely recognised the person I saw. Continue reading