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Private consultancy firms paid millions in run-up to commissioning


A pattern is emerging. PCT directors have looked after themselves by working out generous MARS schemes, taking a fat redundancy, then selling themselves back in (often with "preferred supplier" status) to the CCG because they aren't available at the PCT. Meanwhile some absolutely terrible PCT senior management are moving to the Commissioning Board, continuing to obstruct and insult and do what they have always done. Will the CCGs be allowed to do anything about it? Nope - the rules keep changing but at the moment, NHS CB can terminate the contract of any GP practice that complains on the grounds that "they aren't cooperating with commissioning". Pattern? It was the Executive Directors (not the hospital managers) who failed at Mid Staffs - but everyone still blames the managers. It was the Chief Executive (again not managers) at Ashford & Tunbridge Wells who caused the deaths of 80 people - and then was paid large sums to do consultancy for the SHA. Jobs for the boys, or what? Will we ever let Doctors decide on behalf of their patients, and Doctors appoint the ADMINISTRATORS (ie people who make things run smoothly, rather than Managers who feel they have to boss people around) who will do the job required? Not under this government, it seems

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16 Dec 2012

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