Wednesday, 2 November 2011

No wonder the #NHS needs to save £20 billion!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15454785
This piece on the BBC news website describes how Leicester City Hospitals NHS trust are turning around a large deficit. One of the ways they have achieved this is by reforming how the operating theatres work. I now quote verbatim 
'The nursing leader behind the project, Elaine Ryan, explained: "Everybody used to have a different view on what the start time should be.
"Now we send for all the patients at 8am for the first list at 8.30am, and we send for the afternoon patients at 1pm for a 1.30pm start."
Another innovation has been DOSA - the Day Of Surgery Admissions area.'
Where have these people been for the past 10 years? I am aghast as an NHS surgeon. If I was a worker in the private sector, my jaw would be touching the floor. 
What has happened to all the efforts of the NHS to disseminate innovative practice? 
The trust Director of communications also needs to see this effort as a bit of a faux pas!!