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Is this the most vacuous and pointless bit of NHS guff ever?

A branch of the NHS in Essex has sent Dr C one of the most vacuous, nonsensical and jargon-addled NHS missives he's seen to date. And it's supposedly 'the future'.

A branch of the NHS in Essex has sent Dr C one of the most vacuous, nonsensical and jargon-addled NHS missives he's seen to date. And it's supposedly 'the future'.

I received, the other day, ‘Delivering quality care – a strategic framework for NHS South West Essex Community Services'.


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As you can probably guess, it's very glossy, it runs to many pages (28) and it contains headings such as ‘Our vision', ‘Our values' and ‘Our core objectives'.

We receive vacuous documents of this sort all the time, of course. But I wanted to share one particular page with you. It's this (apologies for the small type, but you can just about make it out)…

I know what you're thinking. 'WTF?' That's what I thought, too. But then I noticed the title for this masterwork, tucked away at the bottom of the page. And, no kidding, it's this: ‘The Way Forward'.

It's frightening enough that this meaningless piece of nonsense is typical of the muddled, jargon-riddled managerial mind-set that we GPs have to grapple with daily. But if this really is ‘The Way Forward', then I simply have no idea where we're going.

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