Letters Quality failures in the NHS

The windmills of your mind

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39500.446169.1F (Published 28 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:462
  1. Jeffrey C McIlwain, consultant, clinical risk management
  1. 1St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Merseyside L35 5DR
  1. jeff.mcilwain{at}sthk.nhs.uk

The notion that healthcare professionals do not care about quality is risible. Ham’s illustration of the illusion of finance, finance, finance as the modus operandi of health care shows how badly the politicians who run and manage the NHS appreciate the issues.1 Successive “solutions” have been dominated by political meddling—for example, the National Patient Safety Agency. The educational role …

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