Posted by: Witch Doctor | August 13, 2007

PMETB and the Pied Piper(s)


“Competence, like truth, beauty and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.”


Unlike almost everyone else, The Witch Doctor was always a bit soft on Patricia Hewitt only because it seemed she was one of the mammals among the crowd dancing away to the tune of The Pied Piper.

The question is, who was and is The Pied Piper.

A job-share methinks. One long gone, one recently gone.

But still the music plays on.

It is interesting that one of the Pied Piper job-shares was mentioned in this week’s BMJ by Nigel Hawkes, Health Editor of The “Times” when he was discussing PMETB.

“The Board was set up by Alan Milburn when he was health secretary, with the intentions of clipping the colleges’ wings. Although nominally independent, it is largely a creature of the Department of Health. The colleges were allowed, on sufferance, to nominate members through the academy, but it is the health secretary who makes appointments from the names put in front of him. Those appointed serve in their own right, not as college representatives.”

And the other half of the job-share was mentioned by Alan Maynard. (Fridays post)

“He (Blair) is seeking to undermine the monopoly power of physicians with investment in other skill groups with enhanced roles.”

And MMC is crucial in obtaining this aim.

Yes, a Pied Piper job-share.

Will the music eventually stop, do you think, My Black Cat?

Or will the medical profession follow into the dark cave in the mountain?

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