Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Another Day In The Life

Our overpriced, underdelivering, bungling, lying, hopeless "government" lurches through another day:

NHS fiasco leaves 4,000 jobs unfilled:

"The full extent of the junior doctor recruitment crisis was laid bare yesterday after figures showed that thousands of training posts have not yet been filled.

A leaked document from the Department of Health showed that almost a quarter of specialist training positions for young medics - the equivalent of more than 4,000 jobs - were still empty.

Matt Jameson Evans, a spokesman for Remedy UK and a trainee surgeon, said the online Medical Training Application Service (MTAS), which the Government was forced to shelve in April, had failed patients as well as doctors.

"The situation is even worse than we thought," he said. "We now find ourselves in the Kafkaesque situation of having thousands of excellent doctors with no job for August and thousands of empty posts. It's difficult to see how this won't impact on patients."

The BMA voted overwhelmingly yesterday for Sir Liam Donaldson, England's Chief Medical Officer, to resign. After a vote of no confidence, doctors said he had allowed the fiasco to "freefall into chaos" and should step down immediately."

We've blogged the MTAS fiasco several times. It resulted from the Commissars deciding that the previous recruitment system wasn't sufficiently systematised. According to James Bartholmew, "systematisation" was they key reason given by Bevan and his New Jerusalem chums for nationalising healthcare in the first place.

As our old friend observed:

"The man of system... is apt to be very wise in his own conceit; and is often so enamoured with the supposed beauty of his own ideal plan of government, that he cannot suffer the smallest deviation from any part of it. He goes on to establish it completely and in all its parts, without any regard either to the great interests, or to the strong prejudices which may oppose it. He seems to imagine that he can arrange the different members of a great society with as much ease as the hand arranges the different pieces upon a chess-board."

Three million crimes 'omitted from statistics':

"More than three million crimes - many of them violent assaults - are omitted from official statistics because repeat victims are excluded from the figures, a study has revealed.

Research by criminologists suggests that the public is being misled about the true extent of offending, particularly violent offending, as measured by the
British Crime Survey (BCS).

It reveals that the BCS simply fails to register many crimes committed against people who have been repeat victims.

If people are victimised in the same way by the same perpetrators more than five times in a year, the number of crimes is put down as a maximum of five."

We've always distrusted the BCS. It's essentially an opinion poll with all the massage and spin they're subject to (eg see this blog). And being in such sharp contrast to the observation of our own eyes, it's exactly the kind of thing that brings government into such disrepute.

But the really alarming bit is that the commissars actually believe it to be reality.

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