Category Archives: NHS

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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The Great NHS Heist

The NHS is entering the final phase of it’s destruction. In it’s place will be an American style private insurance based system. Successive Governments over a number of decades have laid down the key steps for the deformation disguised as … 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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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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Who’s Spending Britain’s Billions?

You really should watch this.  Jacques Peretti investigates how companies like management consultancies and outsourcers rip off taxpayers through gullible public leaders.  PWC, McKinsey, the usual suspects bringing waste through endless “transformation”.  One shouldn’t expect much from the poorly-qualified managers … Continue reading

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Limits to Personalized Cancer Medicine

As money is prepared to be poured into personalized cancer medicine, the NEJM has published an opinion that the promises of personally-targeted therapy are little better than the promises of ISO accreditation. Limits to Personalized Cancer Medicine. Ian F. Tannock, … Continue reading

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Quality 2020: systems thinking -v- inspectionism

Quality 2020 is a new 10-year strategy for improving clinical care.  It grew out of Deming’s teachings.  Here are the plans. But the hospitals are also pursuing UKAS accreditation to ISO 15189 and 17025.  Which is the opposite of systems thinking – … Continue reading

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Burdensome regulation of the NHS

The chief executive of the Nuffield Trust has written an insightful and concise overview of some of the regulatory problems affecting the NHS.  ISO/UKAS accreditation escapes mention, but its importance will grow as it metastasizes from laboratories into physiological measurement … Continue reading

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Mr Pratt questioned BS 5750 – quality assurance?

Mr Pratt recognised the inadequacy of BS 5750 over twenty years ago.  He explained in the medical literature how Deming produced real quality in Japanese industry. D. J. PRATT.   British Standard (BS) 5750 – quality assurance? Prosthetics and Orthotics … Continue reading

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On the sharp end

No mention of UKAS but hospital bosses are beginning to understand inspectionism – once they personally are on the sharp end of the “quality” inquisition. Pathology leaders and professional bodies have yet to have the experience that will enlighten them.  There’s more … Continue reading

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