How to fiddle NHS targets

The Eastern Daily Press has a report about how NHS figures locally (and almost certainly nationally) are being fiddled.

Apparently they are keeping patients arriving at A & E departments in the ambulance they arrive in for up to 30 minutes in order to delay their official arrival time, and thus ensure they are seen withing the 30 minute target time set by the government.

Do I blame the NHS trust for this ? No. I blame the government for setting another target without looking at the bigger picture. Yet again, the government are obsessed with looking at what is measurable, but not what is important.

1 comment:

Letters From A Tory said...

Disgusting. Like the Conservative said, judge hospitals by outcomes not targets - only then will we see if they are doing their job properly.