Posted by: Witch Doctor | March 20, 2011

NHS REFORMS: “Cheap doctors for cheap patients”

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My apologies for stealing the heading of this post from a comment on Bad Medicine. You will find the comment by Rentokill on 19 Mar @ 11.27pm.

The Witch Doctor agrees that we are indeed heading for an era of “Cheap doctors for cheap patients.” In fact The Witch Doctor would go further than this. The heading could easily become:

“No Doctors for Cheap Patients”

or is it

“No Doctors for Expensive Patients?”

My Black Cat thinks it is time for a recap of what both of us have learned since the days of the MTAS/MMC revolution which unfortunately did not address the root of the problem.

So here we go.

NHS REFORMS: WHY WE ARE WHERE WE ARE – PART 1

In some ways The Witch Doctor is grateful that she was propelled into the blogosphere at the time of MTAS/MMC. If this hadn’t happened she probably would have kept her head down getting on with the day to day work and been oblivious of the craziness that was going on under her eyes. She would have been oblivious also about The Big Master Plan that was being imposed on society over many years and over successive governments.

Thankfully, after exploring the nooks and crannies of MTAS The Witch Doctor and My Black Cat gradually became aware that the changes in the training of junior doctors was but a very small cog in a very grandiose wheel that was trundling towards marketing healthcare as a commodity.

A commodity just like coal, bottled water and potato crisps.

The first clue she discovered was “The Skills Escalator.”

Sandy Leitch is The Skills Escalator Man.

The Witch Doctor had never heard of The Skills Escalator and neither had any of her medical colleagues.

When she told those she worked with that The Skills Escalator was designed to propel porters into the role of doctors, and typists to chief executives, they just laughed.

So she blogged about it.

A BIT OF A GAMBLE

PIGS WITH BROOMSTICKS

The Witch Doctor was of course aware of “Agenda for Change.” She knew it was causing a lot of angst among non-medical staff because some felt they were being demoted and she listened to quite a few moans and groans and sympathised when she felt it was appropriate. But she really didn’t know much about it. It didn’t involve the medical profession at all and anyway she had much work to do, so consequently all of her potential free moments of thinking time frittered away in trying to keep her own tiny circumscribed contribution to UK healthcare functional.

Doctors up and down the country were all treading their own little NHS treadmills and this is probably the reason why most of the craziness of MTAS  / MMC / Competency based training crept under the radar of most doctors.

Was Agenda for Change the preamble that would eventually embrace the medical profession?

Was the long term plan to integrate the medical profession into The Skills Escalator?

The Witch Doctor thought so, but was there any evidence of this?

Then, My Black Cat found The Evidence. It came from a country far away.

Australia.

More soon……..

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