Monthly Archives: February 2013

Compelled hoarding

The ISO standards require the hoarding of superseded paperwork.  Have you ever needed it? It’s just another cunning point to catch you out on! This is another example of the standards being used to transmit the anxieties and mental weaknesses of their … Continue reading

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Private health screening

We have considered how accreditation inspections and audits are screening tests with poor performance characteristics.  They have a high sensitivity for things being wrong because they were designed to make inspection seem worthwhile.  As a consequence, they have poor selectivity for … Continue reading

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Compulsory tending to end NHS services

Statutory Instrument 257 will be secondary legislation under Section 75 of the Health & Social Care Act.  It will secretly become law without parliamentary debate on the 1st April 2013. That doesn’t sound interesting, but it is the product of lobbying … Continue reading

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Policy dictates evidence

Homeopathy serves as an indicator of bad science.  Few have recognised the similarities with quality accreditation.  Both ideologies rely on an oddly plausible, but false, theory, “It worked for us!” testimonies, and some degree of official patronage. Homeopathy offers cures … Continue reading

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Mid Staffordshire: How has accreditation helped?

The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust may have killed over 1000 patients. Responding to the Francis Report that arose from the public inquiry, Dr Archie Prentice, President of the Royal College of Pathologists said (among better things): “…This College has … Continue reading

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Trawling not solving

One of the errors at the root of the inspection cartel is that it investigates issues that aren’t problems, only “non-compliances” with the ISO standard that might perhaps be related to a problem, if one existed at all.  It is … Continue reading

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Cartel and regulatory failures in the quality of diagnostic tests

For years Oxoid had been covering up erratic quality in the antibiotic testing discs they produced.  These were reference materials that accredited laboratories relied upon to measure microbial resistance and the correct antimicrobial dose to prescribe.  These actions would have led … Continue reading

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What’s the point of a food safety quango that couldn’t save us from eating stallion burgers?

Click through and read what Leo McKinstry has written of the ongoing horse meat crime scandal: What’s the point of a food safety quango that couldn’t save us from eating stallion burgers? A reader’s comment explains how the Food Standards … Continue reading

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Accreditation defined

Accreditation could be defined as a proprietory therapeutic method that uses highly concentrated record-keeping combined with a dilute programme of intensive inspection, whose effects, when administered to organisations that currently satisfy customers well enough to still be in business, deliver a feeling … Continue reading

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A Visual Study Guide To Cognitive Biases

Here’s a beautiful graphical guide to cognitive biases: See if you can count how many biases apply in those that have taken ISO management accreditation at face value. Set this task as a project for your students!

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