Scandal of doctors paid more to do less – Telegraph

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This is an excellent, MUST READ article in the Telegraph. Check it out!

via Scandal of doctors paid more to do less – Telegraph.

The article cites latest evidence from the Public Accounts Committee, highlighting that hospital consultants‘ contracts with the public health authorities’ are ineffective, stopping consulting from working evenings and weekends; meanwhile, consultants have also been given exceptional bonuses routinely.

As John Gelmini indicated, in an earlier blog, it is time for radical action to save the NHS from meltdown. With regard to consultants’ contracts and their union, the BMA, John Gelmini argued:

The BMA contract should be renegotiated and if the BMA makes trouble they should be de-recognized and replaced with other doctors who are equally and better qualified than our own, expert systems and more “nurse practitioners” for simple ailments.

As the news about the state of UK public healthcare gets worse by the day, this repeated raises in my mind a series of open questions:

  • Is the NHS too big to manage effectively?
  • Are the vested interests like the BMA and the unions just too powerful in an austerity torn UK?
  • Are the bureaucrats at the Department of Health ineffective, because of leadership, competence, motivation or available resources?
  • Or is David Cameron’s Government just too weak, without the essential qualities  to take on the vested interests, namely leadership, vision, and political stamina?

Personally, I think that it is too late for the NHS, and it should be replaced with a new model based upon Best Practice in other countries.

Any thoughts?


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