December 23, 2012

Slaves to the state

The media reporting of the scandal at Worcestershire hospitals has been no more illuminating than the chronicling of the floods in SW England, with evident copying of press releases and no attempt to look under the surface.

The Trust managers are keen to stress the settlement with complainants is amicable, even though some incidents date back to 2002 and lawyers became involved.

Evidently the Trust has new management but we are not told who the previous managers were or what happened to them. Similarly the regulators seem to have been, shall we say, off the ball, but we are not offered anything about that. Nor do we know what local MPs or the local press were up to, when they should have been raising a stink.

Is it too cynical to think that the timing is good for the management, coming just before Christmas, when such detail as we are offered may disappear into a fug of general over-indulgence?

Maybe state oppression comes not from ministers but from the taxpayer-funded masses of state workers whom no one can control. It applies to the NHS, it applies to the police. And did anyone mention the BBC? All paid for by us and doesn't it show.

It's not a matter of management structures. The state organisations rally round to protect their own against us outsiders, their paymasters. They run themselves laxly and inefficiently, and when someone fails they protect their own.

And where do NHS regulators come from? Why, the NHS.

The BBC, the police, the NHS - all fortresses.

5 comments:

A K Haart said...

"Maybe state oppression comes not from ministers but from the taxpayer-funded masses of state workers whom no one can control."

I entirely agree. I saw it for decades and it's amazing how much self-serving inertia there is at all levels of management.

John Page said...

Ahh. So it was you who got it started? :)

James Higham said...

And where do NHS regulators come from? Why, the NHS.

And therein lies the problem.

John Page said...

So the NHS needs a Sir Michael Wilshaw, someone with experience inside the system but robustly dedicated to the welfare of the people the NHS is there to serve, just as MW at OFSTED focuses robustly on the teaching.

Does the NHS have one?

A K Haart said...

Yes it was me, I admit it!

Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.