11 thoughts on “How NHS Staff See Themselves

  1. From a “quality improvement and transformation facilitator”, no less.

    Well, that’s £24k a year less for cancer drugs, innit?

    ‘Bloody Tory cuts, paying for all these Quality improvement and transformation facilitation jobs.’


  2. Like a great many people, I have been grateful for how those in the NHS did their best when my loved ones died. But I suspect that was more ‘the kindness of strangers’ and the natural inclination of people to try to help those they could. It wasn’t a built in feature of the NHS.

    In fact, when you see the NHS in action you might be amazed to see anything gets done to help anyone. My wife had knee problem so the NHS sent her to see a hip specialist, who was confused why he was being asked to look at a knee problem. No, my wife couldn’t help explain either.

    When my wife told someone else about this, the man said he had severe heart problem and was sent by the NHS to see a brain specialist who again, was mystified why he had was seeing a patient with a full-functioning brain. Which you might, somewhat cynically, say the NHS doesn’t have.

  3. O wad some Power the giftie gie us
    To see oursels as ithers see us!
    It wad frae mony a blunder free us,
    An’ foolish notion:

  4. If their earning a living depended on free choice of competent doctors by impressed patients, of talented specialists by doctors, of clean efficient hospitals by specialists, of skilled compassionate nurses by hospitals, I think their would be quality transformation and improvement sans tax slaves coughing up for a bloody facilitator.

  5. When I think of the 2 nurses on AR’s High Dependancy ward, moving heaven and earth to give the 12 (or was it 16?) terminal cancer patients a gold standard of care -and I worked in nursing just long enough to know I wasn’t suited to it- I can only assume the above graphic was drawn by people who wanted to insult good nurses (and there are some) everywhere.
    So Marc, yes you can have the sick bucket…when Nurse Bell (“ding dong”!) has finished with it and you prise it out of her magic, caring, hands

  6. Personally, I’ve had little to complain about regarding our local hospital (in the SE of England), both for mine and my wife’s treatment, though followups or regular checks seem to get delayed. However my daughter recently had a procedure in a Northern hospital & that was a different tale. The whole thing seemed to be a bit disorganised, and although she had the procedure, there were several delays on the day. It was much more like the hospitals featured in a recent BBC ‘fly-on-the-wall’ series. Thinking about it, the problem in both cases was the lack of beds for recovery after procedures – either in ICU/HDU or in the main wards. It looks very much like the NHS tries to run its facilities at far too high a utilisation rate just to meet targets set by politicians. In that scenario they can often not cope with the statistical peaks from A&E pushing cases into general wards & delaying or cancelling elective procedures. A bit of Operational Research would tell them what sort of utilisation rate they can live with, but then politicians with an axe to grind could point at the empty beds that will happen a lot of the time

  7. The blocked Dwarf,they do a job of work thats all like we all do but the majority of us who actually pay for the behemoth known as the NHS don’t get to be romanticised with dopey cartoons and by the way 2 days ago i managed to book an appointment with a saintly GP for 4 weeks from today when enquired why it was that long a wait i was told by the snooty bint of a receptionist i was quite welcome to leave and join another surgery,caring and compassionate yeh right.

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