Patrick Newman's Comments
Just how much is this saga of procurement costing C&P CCG and how has Virgin made it when all other bidders have partnered with an NHS provider? Simon Stevens must feel he is well out of it in leaving UHUK AKA Optum! How will the final legally binding contract(s) fit with local acute providers in the great scheme of integration?
Comment on: Regulator launches investigation of The Christie
The findings of the investigation need to be made public, particularly if they show the clinical services were/are affected by the 'troubles'. "....investigation would be “into the governance arrangements at the trust, and not the allegations which led to the suspension of the chief executive last year” - a remarkable coincidence.
Comment on: The challenge for CCGs a year on
Not informative and not interesting. Next article will be "What I did on my holiday"!
The massive cuts to social care (£800M) will shortly feed its way through to a large demand on A&E and other admissions as well severely limiting what can be achieved through the top slicing of NHS budget by £3.8bn. This allocation could easily be absorbed into crisis management rather than building integration with all the benefits that would bring.
Comment on: Death rate whistleblower fears sack
The Trust should have no problem in publishing the "audited and independently verified" analysis and data then?
Comment on: Nurse workload 'linked to death rates'
Is it too much to hope that every acute board will have a presentation on this study and be expected to look at their own trust in the light of these findings. And, oh yes, do it in public.
Comment on: Decision due on Mid Staffs dissolution
The real agenda is economics or more accurately, finance. Patient interest in terms of accessibility and equality of provision will be subsumed under cost. It was not that the whole trust was rotten. Management was negligent and some ward staff were past caring and incompetent, perhaps worse. Midwife lead unit - OK but what happens if a complication develops late in labour or in delivery? It is 17 miles to the new consultant lead facility.
Comment on: Hospital death data 'distraction'
Surely Professor Black is not saying there is nothing useful in producing figures on deaths in hospitals and not saying such figures should not be made public. Perhaps he can contribute to the debate leading to establishing the integrity and value of death rates - critique leading to the agreement of what needs to be done to improve statistics in this area.
Comment on: Survey warning on GP appointments
"Each GP is handling 1,500 more consultations a year than in 2008." Is this correct as it implies an additional 5-6 appointments a day which might explain why I have to wait over a week to see a G.P. However I am never asked why I wanted to see a doctor and which could create alternatives. It might also go some way to explaining the population's propensity to run off to A&E. Any ideas Mr Burnham?
Comment on: NHS records 'sold to insurers'
Tell me this is a made up story. One step away from the insurance industry holy grail - separating the well 'sheep' from the chronically sick 'goats' down to person level?