Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Hospitals without doctors

That seems to be the vision of our new Director-General of Health, Kevin Woods. As chief executive of the Scottish NHS, he sacked 1,500 nurses. Then there's this bit:

At the time, he was asked by a Government committee whether it was possible to still provide quality health services with "significantly fewer" doctors and nurses.

"Yes, we believe we can," Dr Woods said.

Apparently, all they need to do is get fewer doctors and nurses to work harder. Given that they already work too hard (a resident doctor typically works a 60 hour week, for example), and the stress of not enough people trying to do too much is already showing, this is exactly the wrong approach. But again, its so very, very National, isn't it?