Issue : 1998-11-19
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Fiddlers don't call the tune True or not, claims of data manipulation harm public regard for the NHSSubscription
The air has been thick for the past week with politicians firing accusations at each other about 'fiddling' the waiting list statistics. Whatever the truth in this particular instance, the episode holds salutary lessons for NHS managers. Experience in the early 1990s suggests that the disciplines of tight performance management can have a corrupting influence on corporate culture to the point where providing the right answer becomes more important than the truth. Managers are currently ...
In tune with the timesSubscription
With health promotion high on the national agenda specialists find themselves in a positive stategic environment although much will depends on creative resource allocation. Barbara Millar looks at their expanding role
What is clinical governance?Subscription
The health secretary says: 'Clinical governance can be defined as a framework through which NHS organisations are accountable for continuously improving the quality of their services and safeguarding high standards of care by creating an environment in which excellence in clinical care will flourish.'2
Government 'neglecting' PCG computer fundingSubscription
The Royal Hospital Haslar in Portsmouth has established a telemedicine link to Bosnia, allowing consultants to give guidance on emergency care to a military field hospital. Photographs of trauma cases taken with an Olympus C-1400L digital camera are sent as e-mail, via satellite to England. Set up by doctors from the Defence Medical Services telemedicine team, the project has been awarded a British Computer Society innovation medal.
New buyer for Oxford centreSubscription
The Oxford Consortium - the former Anglia and Oxford region computer centre, sold to Computer Sciences Corporation in 1995 - has once again changed hands. It has been bought by the Welsh company Hyder.
More this week on secret plans for PCGs (that's the patient consultative groups revealed here last week). As you will recall, all patients are to be grouped into PCGs of roughly 500 people each. Our secret source reveals that practice budgets will be devolved to each PCG, whose duties will include creating a PCG plan, determining practice priorities and developing 'a separate corporate identity and logo for each patient consultative group'. And just to demonstrate that ministers listen, ...
Details of a shake-up among some of the most senior officials at the Department of Health have emerged this week.
Compensation offers follow misconduct caseSubscription
South Kent Hospitals trust has started making compensation offers to women allegedly harmed by treatment by gynaecologist Rodney Ledward.