Revealed: the alarming shortfall of A&E doctors at weekends – Telegraphl competition

The Telegraph reveals that as a deadline looms for changes to doctors’ contracts, there is a stark differences in levels of NHS consultant cover depending when you fall ill. As a result of new evidence following a Freedom of Information enquiry, the Telegraph’s shocking article is a must-read.

Source: Revealed: the alarming shortfall of A&E doctors at weekends – Telegraph

Whilst the problem has been known for some time, the scale of the weekend shortfall is truly alarming.

If you read the article carefully, you will see that this staggering state of affairs is all about consultants and their restrictive contracts. Clearly too many consultants are standing back and saying, ‘It’s the system, it’s not me’. In reality, consultants are exploiting their monopolistic position to their own advantage.

Once again, I think this story highlights the need for more competition in UK public healthcare, at every level. The NHS is riddled with a cancer of protective practices that support stakeholder groups at the cost of world class medical care. For further evidence, look at the UK’s performance compared to international benchmarking statistics.

Why should professionals, like doctors and teachers, working for the UK public sector, have an easier life, based on restrictive practices, than professionals working in the private sector who face global competition?


New Business Models Through Value-Based Healthcare Delivery – Siemens Healthcare Global

This is excellent, must-read article by Siemens Healthcare. Check it out!

via New Business Models Through Value-Based Healthcare Delivery – Siemens Healthcare Global.

The article looks at case studies comparing the US, Sweden and Germany.

My mind switched to the UK’s public healthcare system, the National Health Service (NHS). After WWII, the NHS was proudly the gold-standard for public healthcare. However, decades of stakeholder rivalry, political meddling and conflicting advice from big consulting firms has brought the UK’s NHS to it’s knees. With one of the worst records for cancer treatment in advanced countries, the NHS is now cancer ridden too.

UK public healthcare needs to abandon the NHS and adapt a new design from the World’s best practice. In this regard, it looks like best practice is based upon value-based healthcare delivery. Sadly, the UK is trapped in a cost-plus delivery time warp.