Drawing on the witching conclusion from the last post ie that doctors are artists rather than providers, it stands to reason that The Witch Doctor, being one of said artists will appreciate a well designed website.
Here is one that ranks right at the top of The Witch Doctor’s artistic appreciation scale.
Browse around it for a while and you’ll see what I mean. (no, I’m not being my usual sarcastic self, it really is a beautifully designed web-site).
However, if you browse around it even more you might discover a few other interesting things.
You’ll find for example, Matrix it is a multinational company based in London and is 99.6% owned by its directors and employees. The Matrix Knowledge Group Ltd. is a holding company. It has five subsidiaries:
Matrix Insight Ltd,
Matrix Evidence Ltd,
Matrix Decisions Ltd,
Matrix Knowledge Group Inc
Matrix Knowledge India Ltd.
You might want to explore a snapshopt of their recent clients. They include:
Department of Health
General Medical Council
Nursing and Midwifery Council
The Health Foundation
Executive Agency for Health and Consumers
and so on……
If you continue with your search, you eventually find the name Dr David Welbourn who featured in the YouTube interview in the last post. If you are meticulous about clicking you will also find a glitch in this world class website. However, on the YouTube interview Dr Welbourn was introduced as a Visitng Lecturer, Cass Business School in London and also as Associate Director in the Centre for Better Managed Health and Social Care at City University London.
However, Dr Welbourn is also Director of Health and Human Services at Matrix and is currently on a one years sabbatical from this international company.
Is this unusual?
Not at all.
It is common practice nowadays for public services like the NHS to employ private companies to analyse data, appraise doctors, organise training, run leadership courses, assess failing doctors etc etc.
So it is not at all unusual for The Department of Health to use the expertise of a multinational company like Matrix.
Does it matter?
Well, we witches think it does.
We think the public need to know how the outcome of the work done by these companies helps individual patients in a detailed tangible way.
We think the outcome of these expensive interventions by private companies should be audited.
We think every intervention should be costed and the information placed on a separate public website that has the crisp, well designed appearance of the Matrix site.
We think if an intervention costing loads of taxpayers money does not result in an outcome that the public considers is beneficial for patient care, particularly in these hard financial times, then the government minister who intitiated the intervention should be held accountable to the public.
And fined, or even jailed if necessary for squandering public money.
Taxpayers money should not be allowed to run through a leaky hose for the benefit of private companies.
a red apple ……………………
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