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I write as a retired doctor who has volunteered to return and help in the Covid emergency. Having been confronted with the need to submit 21 pieces of evidence, it came as some relief that in the cause of “streamlining” this number has now been reduced to a mere 15.
Unfortunately for the 25,000 doctors seeking to help, it is impossible to access many of the required “e-learning” packages, because they can only be viewed using a piece of software called “Adobe Flash Player”. This software, introduced in 1996, has been declared obsolete by Adobe, and is no longer available for download. In autumn last year Adobe contacted all registered users and recommended uninstallation of Flash Player. According to the Adobe website, all existing installations will in any event cease to work after January 12th 2021. Adobe warned all users of this discontinuation as far back as 2017, apparently to no avail.
As recently as 2017 (following the WannaCry security breach) it was reported that 95% of NHS trusts were still running the obsolete system Windows XP. It appears that NHS e-learning for health is still dependent on obsolete software introduced five years before Windows XP.
So far as “streamlining the return of retired doctors” is concerned, the barrier of NHS bureaucracy is being replaced by a barrier of incompetence.