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So according to the BBC there is yet another data issue within the NHS. Continue reading
It is with regret that I have had to block access to this site and some other services to users of the NHS Network and associated networks, this due to unacceptable spikes which is preventing this and some other platforms from operating to their optimum performance. The traffic load to this site from the NHS network and associated networks is unacceptable to the smooth running of such a complex and well utilised platform. I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause
Thanks to all the users on the NHS network who have been visiting this site over the past 36 hours all, 400 so far of them. Continue reading
So what has been happening recently?
Well two major things of note. The first is that the chancellor has backed down on his NIC rise for the self employed. This reduction in my cost base pleases me greatly. However I am disappointed in his timing as this did not leave me enough time to arrange a champagne lunch to celebrate! I haven’t had the reason to have a champagne lunch for quite some time and this would have been a good reason 🙁
What does remain to be seen is what he will do with taxation of the self-employed and when.
On another note, perusing the visitor logs for this site at quite a few points today I note a much larger than usual number of visits from the NHS computer network. Some 200 visits in fact ( and this number is rising!). Obviously it is something I have said! Now bearing in mind that most of my NHS comments on here are less than complimentary and correctly so I am hoping that these people are starting to wake up and smell the coffee!
In other news it is business as usual here at the desk 🙂
Weekly Deals can be downloaded here: Weekly Deals 15/03/2017
Is a logo really worth it?
What is wrong with the NHS Logo?
Well according to an article in the Telegraph quite a lot. Link here.
According to this article NHS Trusts have to change all their stationery and signs because of what in my opinion is a stupid dikat by NHS ”identity managers”. The NHS “lozenge” has to be moved to be above the trust name instead of beside it.
To quote the telegraph “The measure has been introduced by the “NHS identity team” following 1,000 interviews and 28 focus groups with members of the public. It follows a two year review of the health service logo with nine workshops involving 100 communications officials.” For the love of the baby Jesus!
And again” NHS England said it would reduce “confusion and concern” among the public – claiming that current inconsistencies in current use of the format could be fuelling pressures on Accident & Emergency units.” What the feck? Even a brain dead dyslexic donkey can tell the difference between an Accident and Emergency department and other NHS Departments. Little hint to the NHS identity managers. An A&E has lots of big green and yellow trucks outside it that have sirens on top. These are called ambulances. They bring the sick to hospital. Have the “identity team” ever visited a hospital? I do wonder!
This bit I do agree with. “But hospital managers and charities poured scorn on the exercise – saying it would divert precious resources at a time when the health service is attempting to find £22bn in savings.” There is enough incompetence in the NHS and this measure will just fuel short cutting, mismanagement and lead to gaps in patient care. Regular readers of this site will know that I am rightly fond of shaming NHS incompetence on these pages. Regular readers will also know that I rarely have first hand cause to praise the NHS but it does happen. It does however happen. Why should a logo change happen as it will not benefit the people who need NHS Care and need that care to be first rate?
This bit of the article however has really got me throwing the toys out of my pram. “It was introduced by the NHS identity team, which has two members of staff on salaries of between £56,000 and £69,000 and £40,000 to £48,000 each.”
For the love of the baby Jesus. These people are paid how much? To do what exactly? Cut patient care when it is needed most? The NHS needs to save boat loads of cash. Agreed. Well sack these muppets for a start! Give them a job they can do. I would suggest something less taxing then stacking shelves in Asda. What does an NHS “identity manager” do exactly? Why such high salaries? I bet they actually do nothing but talk crap all day long and drink skinny soya milk lattes! My 10 year old daughter could have come up with something more compelling in her sleep! Add to the salaries the cost of some crappy 2 day course where they are taught to put bullshit such as a logo change together and this gets ridiculous. This money could be better spent on keeping hospital beds open, employing extra doctors and so many other actually worthwhile things. If the NHS got rid of silly people and job roles such as this the service would be more efficient and actually deliver what it is supposed to.
My message to the NHS is clear. Stop with crap such as this and get patient care right. Do it now! Oh and sack these muppets!
You see the taxes that ordinary people pay actually funds this horseshit. I want a tax rebate because I believe that my money could be better spent. Tax payers money is being squandered. Patients stuck on hospital trolleys in corridors I know will agree with me!
There is nothing wrong with the NHS logo it has a strong brand identity. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!
New years resolutions. Give up smoking. Lose weight. Blah Blah.
However for some it time to start trying to polish a turd. You see St Georges Hospital NHS Trust are looking for a new Chairman. https://www.gatenbysanderson.com/job/chair-at-st-george-s-university-hospitals-nhs-foundation-trust-in-london.5526
The job description is full of vague crap and clearly not designed to attract the leader that this disgrace to South London desperately needs.
From the Job description
“Our interim chair will be stepping down in Spring 2017, and we are seeking a Chair with a depth of leadership experience to work with our Board, Foundation Trust Governors, staff and key stakeholders to help drive our improvement programme. This is a significant role which requires an exceptional individual with a track record of working through others and across organisational boundaries to achieve results at pace. To succeed, you will need strategic perspective, sound judgement and a firm commitment to improving public services, complemented by resilience, tenacity and a collegiate approach. “
Er. Nah. This is naff. Let me rewrite this for you St Georges.
Urgently required. No Shit Sherlock for failing piece of shit NHS Trust in South West London. Needs to know how to swiftly sack 8000+ incompetent staff who clearly jumped into the gene pool when the lifeguard was not looking and ensure that these staff do not re-enter the labour market whatsoever, then refill all 8000 + positions. Next rebuild trust with the huge public you have failed to do the civic duty for over so many years. Remember St Georges – your strap line is “risking lives every day”. Thirdly get rid of trust wide medical negligence and incompetence. Forth. Get rid of administrators who do nothing but talk about last nights telly all day long.
Now I could quite easily deliver my version of the job description. The reason I am not applying is because I am not qualified in the politically correct sense of the word to deliver the turd polishing that their own job description requires.
St Georges managed to lose an interim CEO after 2 weeks earlier this year!
You see when you have a crock of shite like St Georges one cannot simply get the Fabreeze or the pledge out.
One simply cannot polish a turd. Whole scale change does not come about from being politically correct. You do not correct medical incompetence and idiotic staff by taking a collegiate approach.
So anyway here we have it For St Georges for the time being. 2017 brings turd polishing and continuing to risk lives every day. One thing I know for sure is that this appointment will not bring around the drastic change in healthcare that the population of South West London desperately deserve or need.
Many of you will have read some quite rightly negative posts about the state of healthcare in and around South London on this blog. Today we are going to talk about St Helier Hospital in Carshalton, Surrey. As you approach this hospital in the car you cannot help but notice the bleak and grim area that surrounds it and the exterior of the building itself looks fairly forbidding. Yes its a very old 1930’s building that looks like it is in need of a boat load of TLC. However once you step inside. to where it matters things change a bit. The buildings are old, the place is dated and various people go about their jobs in a building that does not seem up to the job. However the team of people inside seriously know what they are doing and how to look after patients in their care. Everyone I met on a visit earlier this week was friendly and professional and really knew their stuff. Customer service from administrators is excellent as well and a positive attitude shines through. Look at St Helier Hospital from the outside and you could be forgiven for thinking there is error inside. This is definitely not the case. Other hospitals would do very well to take note and follow example. Regular readers will know that I very rarely praise hospitals on these pages and that I am normally given to quite rightly castigating a particular hospital quite frequently. But today, praise where praise is due as St Helier Hospital seem to be nailing it big time! Well done guys!
The tabloid press love this stuff don’t they? You name a Z-List celebrity and the chances are they have been splashed across the tabloids for smoking a joint or snorting cocaine. Even Royals can’t escape this one as Prince Harry found out. The tabloid press however must have missed a trick with this mornings papers and possibly even tomorrow mornings front pages. The question is this? How much is Theresa May snorting or smoking at the moment? Last Night it was Boris Johnson’s appointment as Foreign Secretary. I’m sorry he is a buffoon and not a statesman. Good as London Mayor and great fun. According on the sat nav on my phone I was once breaking the speed limit in Hyde Park on one of his bikes! That’s about it for Boris. So begs the first of the what was Theresa May on when she made the appointment questions? It starts to get better. Amber Rudd as Home Secretary. Amber who?? We can park this one there! Lets move onto education. I take a great interest as a father on what is going on in the education world. The education system in this country has been particularly unblessed by countless worthless secretaries of state. Theresa did get rid of Nicky Morgan though. I will judge Justine Greening on her actions but she does seem a bit wet for the role. Now we move onto health. Regular readers know that at times I can heavily berate the healthcare system in this country on these pages. However today’s announcement that Jeremy Hunt is still in position is the biggest indicator yet that Theresa May is on drugs. This is a man that wrote a book on privatising the NHS, has annoyed and driven junior doctors and their unions alike to hell and back and has been an absolute “banker” around the negotiating table. Come on Jeremy Hunt is even cockney rhyming slang for C**T! We are still waiting to see who takes up other important posts. The post of business secretary is one I will be particularly interested in. In the team time if the drugs squad have nothing to do I suggest they nip round to 10 downing street and bag some easy arrests!