NHS EXECUTIVE GETS FIVE YEAR ‘CAUTION’ BY REGULATORS FOR SERIOUS BREACH OF CONDUCT – Last month Janice Harry, the former director of nursing at Stafford Hospital was handed a 5 year caution for serious breaches of conduct in which hundreds of patients died to the neglect and appalling levels of care.
The caution was handed down by the review board of a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) despite clear evidence of serious misconduct in which the NMC subsequently found Janice Harry guilty of.
Due to growing public sentiment over the case the Professional Standards Authority (PSA), which oversees the NMC, has now gone to the High Court in an effort to get Janice Harry struck off from the nursing register.
According to the PSA chief executive Harry Cayton it is nothing more than ‘unbelievable’ how Ms. Harry had only received a caution considering that between 1998 to 2006 there were more than 820 deaths at the hospital than could be expected and as such an investigation was launched in which uncovered the serious failings attributable to the rise in patient deaths.
“They found she put patients at risk, but did nothing other than give her a caution order, which is little more than a grand ticking off.” PSA chief executive Harry Cayton
For the past year we have published no end of articles on the failings of the NHS, or rather those purportedly managing the institution.
Our argument is that the NHS has long been over-managed by middle-managers and executives who are clearly incompetent or simply do not care about the health care of patients.
The NHS is in a sorry state; something that few could deny but look closely to what was published above and you will clearly begin to see the underlying problem of the NHS.
For a start we have the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) whose activities are then overseen by Professional Standards Authority (PSA) and no doubt both are accountable to the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
After this you can go up the chain to those in Whitehall which ultimately leads to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, a man who really doesn’t have the faintest idea what is going on; he simply relies on feedback from his aides and NHS executives.
£124 billion is the current cost of running the NHS, an institute that is clearly costing not just taxpayer’s money but also their lives.
It is high time the Government took steps to reduce the number of watchdogs, quangos, mid-level management and executives for it is clear that such a system of ‘oversight’ simply does not work and that each of them are more interested in protecting their overpaid positions than they are in guaranteeing a level of patient care that is acceptable to the public.