Sir David Nicholson, Chief Commissar of the Mid-Staffs NHS Primary Slaughterhouse, today admitted “personal failings” for the 1200 innocents killed by his regime. In testimony to the House of Commons Health Select Committee, he denied that people aren’t held to account in the NHS and that he won’t be resigning to spend more time with his enormous pension. That’s accountability, apparatchik style. No, accountability is for lesser functionaries, who under Nicholson were bullied and intimidated into silence.
In fact, so keen is the one time member of the Communist Party of Great Britain (you really couldn’t make it up) to hang on, today he threw his erstwhile Labour Party comrades under the tractor. Sir David said that “national targets meant that NHS managers had to concentrate on issues like casualty waiting times and hospital “superbugs” like MRSA”, and that “during that period, across the NHS as a whole, patients were not the centre of the way the system operated.”
Well there’s the problem. It’s the collective which matters to the bureaucracy. It’s covering your parasitical arse which matters to the bureaucrat. Patients do not matter. The NHS remains a Stalinist collective driven by state-central commands. It’s all bumper turnip crops and iron ore production, not what consumers want. Until we get our minds around that simple fact there’s not the slightest thing which will change.