Monthly Archives: January 2013

Any Qualified Provider: NHS Basics

The Witch Doctor envisages young lady doctors being shunted around clinics to provide staff cover and a bit of diagnostic sense.  This may keep the “Competent Clinical Decision Makers” of the coming order from making too many mistakes.  Undoubtedly this … Continue reading

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The debt’s not so bad – let’s accredit everything but the banks!

  “UK has a large economy of $2480 billion USD, but now holds debt in the size of 75% of economy, which is more than the 60% max debt to economy ratio set by EU for  economic stability standard.  “As of … Continue reading

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Not actually tested – The 510(k) Ancestry of a Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant

In recent years, metal on metal hip replacements have been causing problems, depositing worn-off metal around the body and having to be taken out. A NEJM paper shows the ancestral tree of hip replacements. The authors describe how new devices’ safety … Continue reading

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Pension? Too late!

We know that ISO accreditation eventually becomes a comfort blanket to many employees.  Like the victims of kidnappers, they may come to sympathise with their captors and defend them. This article investigates the psychology of Ponzi schemes – such as … Continue reading

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Pathology Quality Assurance review launched

The Department of Health offers this: Pathology Quality Assurance review launched December 18, 2012 A review of quality assurance arrangements for NHS pathology services was announced today by NHS Medical Director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh. The review will be led by National … Continue reading

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The inbreeding of expertise

One of the problems of the ISO system is that membership of technical committees sometimes leaves few outside the committees with enough expertise and gravitas to criticise their work. Such experts may carry undue ISO influence into other committees, national bodies, … Continue reading

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