Posted by: Witch Doctor | April 4, 2011

Any willing provider

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The Lull is not quite over yet, however our exahausting participation in Strange Things is almost complete.

Incidentally, during The Lull, My Black Cat has been scratching her head over the term “any willing provider” that features strongly within the proposed Health and Social Care Reforms.

The Witch Doctor though is not scratching her head because she knows this is just an example of the ill thought out ideas and jargon infesting these reforms.

However, it has been reported today that the term “any willing provider” will be changed to “any qualified provider.”

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“Ministers are understood to be preparing some changes to the bill to prevent the “cherry picking” of profitable NHS services by private health providers, and to amend its wording from “any willing provider” to “any qualified provider”.

The Witch Doctor is scratching her head over that.

Does it mean the institution providing care is qualified in their commercial know-how and marketing skills? i.e does it refer to the “qualifications” or rather the track-record of the establishment / business / charity in providing “competitive” healthcare?

On the other hand, does it refer to the “qualifications” of the individual members of the staff providing hands-on care?

Will there be no junior doctors employed if they are still in training?

Will any “health care professional” (or Big Society volunteer) be considered “qualified” because they clutch a certificate or two indicating they have clambered on to the lower rungs of The Skills Escalator?

Really stupid questions, I know.

But there are some really stupid notions being considered at government level regarding healthcare right now.

Incidentally, it is high time the members of the public realised the term “Health Care Professional” makes no sense at all.

It is meaningless jargon.

It is “Skills Escatlator” jargon.

It is designed to obfuscate, confuse and bewilder.

It is high time that the forrest of paper spewing from the Department of Health is rewritten. The term “Health Care Professional” should be obliterated for good. Instead meaningful terms indicating exactly what kind of health care professional concerned in each particular circumstance should be made crystal clear to patients and everybody else.

It is just a matter of time before patients like Jo and Josephine Bloggs will waken up to what is happening in healthcare and will realise they are being fobbed off. They will want to know whether their “Health Care Professional” is a medical practiioner, a nurse, a physiotherapist or even a volunteer whose only qualification is in bed-bathing skills.

Here is an example of skills escalator qualifications.

REIKI WORKFORCE COMPETENCE

My Black Cat is chuckling, because if you go to the above post you’ll see the link to Reiki competency training no longer works.

She has had a look around the Skills for Health website and can no longer find anything on Reiki.

My Black Cat thinks Skills for Health are paying attention to our blog and are removing things that witches cats don’t like.

What a stupid, stupid cat!!

As if Skills for Health care what we write!

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  1. Yes, we ran into a similar thing in Scotland with the amendments to the Primary Medical Services Bill. I’ve gone into detail here about it;

    http://juliemcanulty.blogspot.com/2010/01/severe-case-of-pms-tobacco-and-primary_20.html

    It was a bit of a curate’s egg; good in parts, but the dodgy part was that just about anybody in a white coat or blue tunic could take on a contract. This was excused by saying that rural practices needed more flexibility. However, they did insist that all shareholders had to be individuals, which would seem to rule out the big boys like Serco or United Health.


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