The Department of Health have produced a new graphic to show how Lansley’s reforms have reduced bureaucracy in the NHS.
There… that’s much clearer, isn’t it!
Well, he obviously hasn’t reduced them enough if they have time to produce rubbish like that. I assume, Councillor, you would not wish them reduced by a single ‘worker’, or even better, yet more of them employed, I suppose.
I don’t think that it is an issue of whether there are more or less workers. It is a case of where they are and what they do. The diagram, of reduced beaurocracy shows eight front line services that are supported/monitored by twenty one other bodies + + parliament. Is this the right balance?
What is of greater concern are medics leaving because they are dissolusioned with what is happening. One is related to me – it only cost £200,000 to train him as a doctor and a further £60,000 in further training in the field in which he speciliased after qualification. Today he is 29 and has been out of the NHS for 18 months and very happy as a academic researcher (in a medical discipline)on £14,500 p.a. rather that a registrar on £45,000. Several others of his cohort have emigrated to Canada – not a good use of money and until there are fewer than 21 monitoring bodies it will get worse.