Sunday, 24th February 2013
CIRCLE SHOWS HOW THE NHS SHOULD BE RUN - It was just over a year ago that the company Circle took over the ailing NHS Hinchingbrooke Hospital that, after decades of mismanagement, was on the verge of financial collapse.
The company however saw far more than a hospital with disillusioned doctors and nurses and an entity riddled with debt. Circle had a vision, one that today clearly shows the government just how mismanaged the NHS has become and how it can be turned around.
I have a belief that all senior management and directors should take implement and that is the simple concept of; if you want to know how to pull a cart then ask the donkey.
The trouble with most companies is that they become entrenched in stale management. The trouble with most government organizations is that management is inept and wasteful, which is the problem you have with the NHS today. This is affirmed when looking at the performance of Sir David Nicholson and even after he was directly responsible for the deaths of over 1,200 patients David Cameron, the British Prime Minister still refuses to sack him.
Today, Hinchingbrooke Hospital is the shining star of the NHS, and also its biggest embarrassment. Hinchingbrooke is a clear and unequivocal example of how a HNS hospital is supposed to be run.
Circle did away with a lot of management and streamlined its administrative system, but the crucial step was getting the Doctors, Nurses and other members of staff involved in how the hospital was run. Again, if you want to know how to pull a cart, then ask the donkey and it is this management ethos that has turned the once failing hospital around.
Hinchingbrook Hospital is now an extremely well run hospital with very happy patients, doctors, nurses and staff. It has slashed its operating costs by 60%, but managed to improve its services and will soon start to pay off the massive debts accrued while under government control.
There are now a number of other NHS hospitals who are considering adopting the Circle management ethos; and rightly so.
Once again the view that Government is an inept, corrupt and wasteful entity, run by incompetent Ministers it is clear that the taxpayer should demand that other working models should be explored in order to reduce the wasteful nature of government spending and accountability to the taxpayer.