From time to time we carry features from our friends at Guido Fawkes especially when it affects our region. Your own GP (Doctor) is involved, in the Care.data scheme so we have included a link so you may optionally exclude your details.
The man responsible for the disastrous Care.data programme, NHS England’s national information director Tim Kelsey, has announced he will shortly be jumping the sinking digital NHS ship.
In three short years, Kelsey turned Care.data, an IT project that was supposed to help the NHS share medical records, into a dysfunctional and unsecured disaster.
One peer-reviewed case study described it as “highly problematic… mismanaged… inadequate…”
Oddly, the NHS press release announcing Tim Kelseys' departure doesn’t mention Care.data.
You can opt out of the Care.data system by clicking here…
The National Health Service will crash within two years with catastrophic consequences unless the government orders an immediate multibillion pound cash injection, the former minister in charge of care services says.
The stark assessment from Norman Lamb, minister of state at the Department of Health until May’s general election, comes as fears mount among senior NHS officials, care providers and local authorities that NHS and care services are approaching breaking point.
In an interview with the Observer, Lamb, a Liberal Democrat who was at the heart of policymaking during the Tory-Lib Dem coalition, accuses the government of dishonesty in failing to admit the scale of the problems.
He says that an increasing number of private companies and other organisations contracted to provide care by local authorities are refusing to tender again because cash-starved councils, already hit by budget cuts of more than 40% since 2010, cannot pay enough to let them run adequate services. Lamb says the result is that more elderly people in particular will end up in already overstretched hospitals, compounding the crisis.
Pre-election promises by the Tories to provide an additional £8bn for the health service by 2020, on top of £2bn extra pledged at the end of last year, are insufficient and too vague to reassure anyone, he argues.
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