1 Apr 2013

Good communications , or a lack of it in the NHS

My ham radio friend Julian Moss G4ILO has a brain tumour which he has been successfully battling for over a year now. Recently he had a hospital appointment to review treatment but reading his blog I see yet again he has, like many I know, been given the "run around" by the totally inept NHS service here in the UK.

This organisation needs radical surgery to get itself operating efficiently. Time and again it wastes money by messing up appointments, not having people where they should be, not having the data communicated between staff etc. It MADDENS me that sick people should be additionally stressed as a result of idiots who cannot run a business properly. They would save BILLIONS if patient records were shared electronically between health care staff (consultants, doctors, nurses, car service personnel and ambulance crews). It is not rocket science.

I have no fundamental issue with caring people trying to do their best, but they are totally hindered by the lack of decent communications at all levels.

In the 21st century, any organisation as bad as the National Health Service today would be in administration by now and its bosses sacked.  NHS sort yourselves out!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Too many Bosses and admin staff and not and enough people doing the real work at the coal face. This is a British Sickness, no wonder we are in a mess

Anonymous said...

We have. Many wonderful Doctors and Nurses in the NHS. The current state can only be blamed on the politicians and Bosses

Roger G3XBM said...

Agreed we have many good doctors and nurses. We also have a VERY POOR system of communication in the NHS that could so easily be improved.

John said...

I too am battling the NHS with multiple problems after having chickenpox aged 45 in Kent 10 years or so ago. I also have cronic pain to deal with

Roger G3XBM said...

Sorry to hear that John. Hope the NHS can sort things out for you.

Anonymous said...

Be careful what you wish for. History proves - Big Government can't do anything efficiently. Give them the ability to electronically store and move your most private information and not only will they screw that up, things you don't want anyone else to know will start leaking out like sand in a sieve. What works is competition with sensible yet minimal Government regulation and oversight. Then, if your health care solution isn't working for you, go buy it from somewhere else - nope, can't do that in the self-perpetuating single payer behemoth you're stuck with today.