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Readers' letters

Letters to Health Service Journal's editor.
  • Revealed: Virgin handed £280m Staffordshire contract

    31-Mar-2015 0:26 am

    Tower of Babel under construction - I give it 2 years before it all unwinds. Just what are the CCGs thinking?

  • Updated: Number of NHS managers shows a rise

    30-Mar-2015 11:42 pm

    As anon 8:43am has alluded to, the one thing you can guarantee is that the figures will be woefully understated as most "managers" will actually be employed off the books either through big 4 blood suckers or as expensive interims whilst most trusts remain in the throes of a PMO-epidemic as they strive to put a quart into a pint pot. Please let the pledge "no top down reorganisations of the NHS" ring in your ears as you go to the polling booths next month. We are where we are because of political interference and vanity. And 5 years later...Lansley the ideologue is consigned to the political wasteland and La-lite has been less effective than your average chocolate fireguard. In fact, Jezzer's main legacy will be to be remembered as the Winter Fund monitor - dishing out non-recurrent sweeties to solve a perennial problem. I bet he even got to wear his prefect badge for that job.

  • ‘Failing just enough’: a warning from NHS history

    30-Mar-2015 10:11 pm

    What it shows is that marketisation is a complete failure and that we must go back to a simple system where patients consult GPs who in turn refer them, if necessary, to a local NHS facility. Simple, cheap, no commissioning. What's not to like? Only those with a vested interest in commissioning, and they number thousands, could object. Oh sorry, I forgot about the hedge funds and banks who are bankrupting our hospitals.

  • CQC 'shines spotlight' on outstanding care

    30-Mar-2015 7:00 pm

    CQC should also publish an account of all amendments to draft reports as a minimum for public information alongside the organisations response and suggested amendments - or are these available under a Freedom of Information request?

  • We can't just 'do the same again' to make £22bn of NHS efficiencies

    30-Mar-2015 6:48 pm

    Spot on Chris. An eloquent and well founded critique of the challenge and reality facing all NHs providers.

  • NHS England to cut primary care support jobs

    30-Mar-2015 5:26 pm

    This deck chair re aligment needs to be more public domain exposure. It is stretched at the moment. There will be a flight of organisational memory Any bets the 15 will become 10 SHA sized groupings. Another load of "spreadcheat" money saving scam , without proven benefit.. watch the number of rehiring of temp staff soar. Will they be able to do in budget ?

  • Ed Miliband pledges cap on profits of independent providers in NHS

    30-Mar-2015 5:20 pm

    Firstly, so GPs and Dentists are excluded. The report out last week indicated dentists are making remarkable profits, and more and more GPs are becoming part of large profit making organisations e.g the Hurley Group. These organisations are buying in many commercial organisations. Secondly, PwC, McKinsey and the whole lot of advisors (many linked with both main political parties) will now be excluded from the NHS consultancy gravy train…fat chance.

  • Jeremy Hunt: NHS funding will be settled in the summer

    30-Mar-2015 5:11 pm

    Well, it seems that Tories will keep cuts and spending plans to themselves till after the election. There's a surprise. And it might be more or less than £8bn. Another surprise. And on Access to your GP? If you get the chance to Skype a GP (or will it be a nurse) out of hours, what is the difference from 111 or NHS direct or choices, etc... Or even the out of hours service? Skype and telephone conversations? Yes please. Out of hours distance contacts? Only if they add to what is already there. And how much will this cost? On top of 111 and out of hours services? Wouldn't we just like Saturday surgeries for people who can't or prefer not to miss work?

  • Exclusive: NHS Improving Quality expected to close

    30-Mar-2015 3:09 pm

    More same old, same old, but most of all is that this serious inappropriate use of public funding comes not only from NHS Patients but also NHS Staff. Its a shame that the person at the top thinking up the next moves for the NHS profile doesn't live in the real world but then that's too much to ask. New government or not we will still be led by somebody who is so out of touch its unbelievable. You couldn't make it up!!

  • Leading trusts defy NHS England over 'out of area' referrals

    30-Mar-2015 2:49 pm

    Interestingly, some trusts are now restricting 'out of area' referrals for specialised/tertiary care as commissioned by NHS England, allegedly for all patients in England. Now that is the very thin end of an extremely dodgy wedge and completely flies in the face of the money following the patient.

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