Category Archives: Cartel

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Exciting developments in healthcare

UKAS says Brexit will require more accreditation.  HM Government seems inclined to believe this.  The Royal College of Physicians (RCP), NHS England, the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) and the Society … Continue reading

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Failing to repay

As university educations become impossibly expensive for ordinary people, Gary North advises, “Here is a general rule. Any barrier to entry into any field that cannot be legally penetrated by means of a competitive examination is there for only one reason: … Continue reading

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UKAS Imaging Services Accreditation Scheme

Have you ever helped a charity raise money to buy a hospital a scanner?  Hospitals have a lot of other things to spend money on besides diagnostic equipment – accreditation, managers, translators, overpriced drug contracts, negligence claims… UKAS’s Imaging Services … Continue reading

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Royal Statistical Society is initiated into the inspection cartel

The ISO has initiated the Royal Statistical Society into the inspection cartel.  Its role will be to certify those who wish to be recognised as Six Sigma and Lean practitioners to ISO 18404:2015: Quantitative methods in process improvement – Six … Continue reading

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NHS England strongly endorses diagnostic services accreditation

The latest UKAS newsletter tells us that the NHS is still falling for its unvalidated assurances of quality in a bigger way than ever:  NHS England strongly endorses diagnostic services accreditation Note to graduates of NHS leadership programmes: validate accreditation … Continue reading

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DTI-UKAS memorandum of understanding

Have you ever wondered what the agreement looks like when a government department grants a body a national monopoly that protects it from competition ?  Click here to find out.

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ISO ramps up its embrace, extend, and extinguish strategy

Thinkpurpose warns us of ISO 18404. Still unable to admit that it doesn’t work to manage people as if they were manufactured objects, the ISO has again plagiarised other quality management systems into its latest expensive document.  That will stop … Continue reading

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ISO silent over Volkswagen certifications

A little bit of history: “Julian Huxley, Aldous Huxley’s older brother is THE GUY who paved the way for the standardization of our everyday lives. He originated the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization or UNESCO. Under the direction … Continue reading

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Lean cost $1,511 for each dollar saved

Repackaging aspects of Toyota management to sell to gullible managers and politicians as LEAN may be even more wasteful than ISO accreditation.  John Seddon commented, How politicians deal with evidence The failure to value evidence is not limited to UK … Continue reading

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A Decade of Reversal: An Analysis of 146 Contradicted Medical Practices

Prasad et al. have published an analysis of 146 medical practices that had to change when they were shown to have no benefits.  A large proportion of treatments remain of unknown effectiveness or may be harmful.   For this reason … Continue reading

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