BBC News – NHS errors costing billions a year – Jeremy Hunt

NHS Job Shop: "Working for Health" i...

NHS Job Shop: “Working for Health” in Kentish Town. Closed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article from the BBC is worth a read. Check it out!

via BBC News – NHS errors costing billions a year – Jeremy Hunt.

The UK Health Minister highlights the cost of errors at approaching GBP2.5 billion. Basically, he appeals for a greater quality of care to cut avoidable errors. This includes legal claims of over GBP1 billion. Meanwhile, nurses claim that wards are understaffed and the Labour Party argue that billions of pounds have been wasted on ineffective reorganization.

Against a background of rising Ebola, there is a place for strengthening basic quality procedures. There is no room for shortcuts with Ebola as we have seen in the US.

For me, as an expert in delivering strategy, the UK’s National Health System (NHS) is probably beyond reform and should be replaced by a new model of  public healthcare, based upon Best Practice. The UK should pehaps look to Italy which has the most effective healthcare in Europe.


Judy Asks: Should Europe Pay to Rebuild Gaza? – Carnegie Europe

English: Smuggling Tunnel, Rafah, Gaza Strip

English: Smuggling Tunnel, Rafah, Gaza Strip (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tent Camp, Gaza Strip

Tent Camp, Gaza Strip (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Grad rocket fired from Gaza hits Sout...

English: Grad rocket fired from Gaza hits Southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva and destroys a kindergarten classroom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Map of Gaza Strip, Stand December 200...

English: Map of Gaza Strip, Stand December 2008 (SVG version of File:Gaza Strip map.png by Lencer) Français : Carte de la bande de Gaza (décembre 2008) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an insightful look at Gaza from a series of experts, published by Judy Dempsey in Carnegie Europe, a global think tank. It’s a recommended read. Check it out!

via Judy Asks: Should Europe Pay to Rebuild Gaza? – Carnegie Europe.

For me, the most resonant comment came from Tommy Steiner, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Hertzliya:

I appreciate European misgivings on reconstructing Gaza—all over again. Sadly, previous rounds of rebuilding alleviated living conditions in Gaza only temporarily. That is because the Hamas government used money and construction materials such as iron and cement to build rockets and an intricate network of tunnels to smuggle arms into Gaza and launch terror attacks on Israel.

Hamas has also used the Gaza Strip as a launchpad to fire 18,000 rockets and mortars toward Israel since the Israeli withdrawal of 2005, compelling Israel to use force to thwart the rocket fire. The limits and regrettable collateral damage of air strikes are all too apparent in the international campaign against the Islamic State.

Last weekend in Cairo, donors from the Gulf, the US and Europe pledged USD 5 Billion to help rebuild Gaza. Europe alone has previously given a similar amount to rebuild Gaza. As I indicated in another blog, there is very little effective control on how these funds are deployed. What percentage of the funds reach the needy and what percentage is diverted in corruption or to support terrorism? The EU has a poor record in foreign aid.