Drugs company GSK has just been fined an astonishing $3 billion by regulators in the US for fraud which Deputy US Attorney General James Cole described as “unprecedented in both size and scope”. GSK marketed drugs for purposes for which they were unapproved, including to children, and failed to report adverse cardiovascular trial safety data. The [...]
The NHS has just announced that an astonishing £11.8 billion has been wasted on the National Project for IT – otherwise known as the failed attempt to computerise medical records. In addition, it has suddenly been ‘realised’ by NHS Trusts all over the country that their fantastic PFI deals are actually crap and unaffordable. How can [...]
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You’ve probably never heard of Cynthia Bower, the £200,000 per year Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
The CQC is the Yet Another Quango (YAQ) responsible for ensuring high standards in health and social care. While the public might expect a doctor to head up the watchdog responsible for maintaining hospital standards, it is instead, [...]
Gordon Brown is now proposing that Yet Another Quango (YAQ) should regulate the House of Commons. Yet the House of Commons already has a regulator – the electorate. This proposal threatens to create a topsy-turvy democracy, where an unelected YAQ lords it over the sovereignty of Parliament. We’re got enough problems with Brussels never mind YAQ.
Connecting for Health (Cfh) seeks to delay Newcastle’s timely and successful implementation of an alternative electronic medical record system to the failing £12.6 billion National Programme for IT (NPfIT). [...]
Another NHS IT disaster? [...]
Should we reward the NHS Trust that failed Baby Peter with more of our cash? [...]