How much it cost hedge fund managers to buy into the ruination of the NHS is here.
The Government can cut Care Quality Commission inspections like this to enable poor quality care by political donors’ companies. Though some insiders have admitted that the CQC is not fit for purpose.
“This makes it easier for profiteers to escape detection. Virgin Care had managed to avoid more than 80% of their premises being inspected. This worries me because the ones the CQC did manage to inspect discovered that Richard Branson’s crew leave patients lying in their own urine for an hour or more.”
It is interesting that the international ISO inspection cartel cannot be cut likewise. UKAS inspects at least annually and struggles to find enough inspectors. The organisation’s own workers are conscripted into internal audits when the inspectors are elsewhere. UKAS uses government power for its coercion of the marketplace (Peer pressure!), but no longer for direct funding.
Maybe the running down of the CQC is part of the deal to open the door to UKAS which is metastasizing into medical measurement and management? At its Policy Advisory Forum in March 2012 the question was raised how UKAS could make more impact in the health sector.
Enforcing bureaucratic “accountability” and accreditation is a favoured tool for replacing expertise with certification.
UPDATE: Those who clicked through the link above to The Green Benches blog should be interested to know of,
Here’s a contender for most humiliating apology of the year: a 540-word mea culpa issued to Lord Ashcroft by Dr Éoin Clarke, whose boring and sanctimonious blog “The Green Benches” is devoted to exposing the wickedness of Conservative health policy. Dr Clarke has been forced to say sorry on five separate counts, including wrongly suggesting that Ashcroft donated money to the Tory party in order to increase the use of agency staff in the NHS.
Incidentally, we’re not talking about a GP blogger who was too busy to check his facts. The only house calls Dr Clarke is qualified to make are to people urgently seeking info on Irish women’s history, the subject of his PhD. As I’ve noted before, Clarke is so proud of his doctorate that he even calls himself “@DrEoinClarke” on Twitter. Bless.
Suspicions need to be researched carefully.