Monthly Archives: April 2012

Thinking the unthinkable…and investigating it

“The Prostate Intervention Versus Observation Trust (PIVOT), led by Timothy Wilt, began in 1993 with 731 subjects, following them over 12 years to monitor their health.   “It compared cancer patients who had their prostate gland removed with those monitored … Continue reading

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Break the rules

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The just-make-them-do-it mindset – more oversight leads to less accountability

James Falk has described beautifully some aspects of the bureaucratic mentality.  He does not mention UKAS or the NHS, but he understands the issues at work.  Mmm, you can almost taste the condensation running down the walls at the accountability … Continue reading

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John Law: the gambler who broke France

John Law: the gambler who broke France describes how one of those clever-clever bankster types, on the run from his previous crimes, broke the finances of an already critically-indebted France.    He was mathematically skilled – like the post-Cold War surplus … Continue reading

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Homeopathy is worthless and unethical

Substitute “accreditation” where this article reads “homeopathy.” Pathology leaders: understand the connection between the romantic fictions of alternative medicine and accreditation, and why unvalidated laboratory accreditation is unethical. Homeopathy is worthless… says an expert in the subject as he claims it is unethical … Continue reading

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Kellogg’s crafty crusaders infiltrate halal certification

Crusaders have oddly shed their crosses and donned oriental eye masks. Was this to infiltrate packets of breakfast cereal that has been surreptitiously halal certified? Sloppy halal certification needs to learn from the single-standard ISO and its single-territory inspection monopolies.  The sharia dogma is … Continue reading

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Teachers boycott inspectors – chaos or continuous improvement?

Teachers are finding the courage to reject government inspectors: Ofsted ‘to be barred from classroom’ in teacher protest School inspections in England could be thrown into chaos after teachers threatened to boycott Ofsted. The official education watchdog faces being locked … Continue reading

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“How do you know that any of this improves what we do?” Em…

You have read previously the lack of proof that accreditation works.  But it’s not just for this reason that quality managers are understanding the error of their ways: Things I used to believe in and no longer do – ISO9001 ISO9001! … Continue reading

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No ISO management standards here then?

Starting work in Sweden and England: Trust or Control? “I work in a supermarket in Sweden, but I don’t feel oppressed or bored.  On the contrary, although this work is tiring it’s the best job I’ve ever had.  The reason is simple. … Continue reading

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An investment in caring

Cherie Blair is touring the countryside in a chauffeur-driven car. Suddenly, a cow jumps out into the road, they hit it full on and the car comes to a stop. Cherie, in her usual charming manner, says to the chauffeur: … Continue reading

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