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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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Nazi, ISO, CIA

Margaret McCartney writes in the BMJ of the CIA’s  interrogation programme at Guantanamo Bay.  It was personalised medicine in the department of torture. “Most doctors who are complicit in torture are much like everyone else, I suspect—neither amoral nor evil. But military … Continue reading

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Accredited until freedom is barely a memory

“What’s good in war is good in peace.”  That would be Taylor’s Scientific Management enforced by factory inspectors. Call them “assessors” – they don’t work for the government any more.  Instead, the metagovernment assures that few industries are allowed to continue working … Continue reading

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The menace of the naval mind?

BS 5750 emerged from Allied military standards for industrial procurement.  Rear-Admiral Spickernell then pushed this British Standard on the ISO.  Hence the ISO 9000 series and the standards derived from it such as ISO 17025 and ISO 15189.  Now management … Continue reading

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Clinical futile cycles

From a background in Australian intensive care medicine, Buist and Middleton have written critically of the rise and expense of the quality industry: “In 2007, I [MB] published a theoretical construct of adverse events called “clinical futile cycles” to challenge the … Continue reading

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The Men Who Made Us Thin

Jacques Peretti made a fascinating series of TV programmes to follow The Men Who Made Us Fat. The Men Who Made Us Thin shows how the various elements of the weight loss industry have failed to make much impact on … Continue reading

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Sales of untested anthrax drug parallel sales of untested accreditation

What happens when you mix vested interest with speculative paranoia and add a bit of the technical stuff?  A lot of taxpayers’ money is wasted. Just as the USSR almost bankrupted itself trying to keep up with Ronald Reagan’s Star Wars, so … 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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Buying the ruins

The story of the passing of the Health and Social Care Bill is here and  here. 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 … Continue reading

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How Britain lost the global quality war and the world got ISO 9000

The following article reminds readers of industrial relations and manufacturing quality in the 1970s. “Industry analysis at the time revealed that on virtually every measure of performance, Japanese car makers were at least twice as good as their UK equivalents, … Continue reading

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