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Jun. 7th, 2007

The NHS audiology department where my mother works is desperately understaffed.

It has suddenly been told it needs to make an extra 2.5% of savings by the end of this month.

That puts part-time jobs in the department at risk—which would make it even more understaffed.

And it means the department will not be able to hire the two audiologists it urgently needs.

It needs them in order to meet the government-imposed target of bringing down the waiting list time from 21 months to seven months by next April.

If that waiting time is not brought down, the department will be officially classified as “failing” and will most likely be closed.

If the department is closed, all its services will have to be contracted out to private firms, with all the extra cost and obfuscation of accountability that usually result from this.

When the government are challenged about what is going on in the NHS they always deny any connection with it, saying it is a matter for the individual care trusts. Yet they continue to impose targets that cannot possibly be met without damaging cuts, outright fraud or huge amounts of money being wasted on incentives for the private sector.

This is government by cunting about. It would be nice if it stopped, but everyone nominally in charge seems perfectly happy with it.

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pete23
Jun. 7th, 2007 12:03 pm (UTC)
don't forget the half trillion underspend in the NHS budget this year.

http://society.guardian.co.uk/health/news/0,,2090918,00.html
egremont
Jun. 7th, 2007 12:21 pm (UTC)
This inept handling of the NHS is why my brother jumped from his job on a cancer ward in Leeds General.
lifesizemonkey
Jun. 7th, 2007 12:38 pm (UTC)
I just can't stand this gov't anymore and i sort of work for them. I don't think David Cameron and his lovely hair will necessarily make things better either. I watched a documentary about RFK the other day and, while i am not so naive as to be completely uncritical of the Kennedys, i did think "why aren't there any crusaders anymore? why does everyone just shift the blame and not take any responsibility for ANYTHING anymore?"

Life is more Orwellian than probably even Orwell imagined these days.
strictlytrue
Jun. 7th, 2007 01:09 pm (UTC)
Surely it's the PCT that are telling them to make the savings though? That's why the Government sometimes get arsey when people point the finger at them - they provide the cash, and set the targets, but the PCTs decide how the cash is divvied up.

Now one way of stopping this would be to get rid of all local controls on health spending and make the Government directly accountable for all health spending, but that would almost certainly be more inefficient and lead to far more of this sort of thing.

I don't see at all that there's anything in the target of reducing waiting times that implies cutting the budget - that latter decision must have been taken by the PCT.
besskeloid
Jun. 8th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
This is government by cvnting about.

I want to hear a documentary presenter say this straight to camera before I die.
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