King, Martin, The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health
Times they are a-changing (yes, again)
"Things change is life's sad secret" Sylvia Plath once wrote, and I guess that nearly everyone unfortunate enough to be caught up in the latest round of NHS reorganisation is ready to stick their head in the metaphorical gas oven.
Primary care trusts given three stars and having met all their targets have somehow actually failed then, it seems. And yet the media this month appears to be full of evidence that the promised land of multiple provider health care may not be all it was hyped up to be.
Tony Blair has admitted he is powerless less to increase access to NHS dentistry according to the BBC. They are private contractors you see, but then if we get in more private provision, won't we be more powerless? Or perhaps just less responsible.
The BBC also reports that the first hospital to be run by a private company - Good Hope in Sutton Coldfield - has approached the Heart of England Trust (what sort of name is that - is it run by Esther Rantzen?) asking for management support. Good Hope is managed by a private firm called Tribal Secta (do they all wear gold chains and live in the Bronx?) and has 'large' debts. Were I the Chairman of the Heart of England Trust I would be tempted to use a catchphrase I am developing (onto t-shirts and the like): GFY. (I told my daughter it means 'go fish yourself but I don't think she believed me.) Or, in Tribal Secta's case it could be Yo-GFY.
Elsewhere the BBC is up to its usual disloyal storyline tricks with VRSA rampant in hospital drama series 'Holby City' due to some dodgy patient transfer dealings with the local private hospital. …