October 23rd, 2012

Now They Want an NHS Day

Instead of spending money on important things like cancer drugs and nurses, some bright spark at the Department of Health has come up with the idea of bringing in an external PR agency, at great cost, to create a “NHS Change Day” out of thin air.

PR Week report that tender has gone out from the absurdly named ‘NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement’, or ‘Ni!’ for short, to come up with a day on which changes within the NHS can be celebrated by their staff. Here’s a better idea, why don’t they spend that money on saving lives? They can have that one for free…


  1. 1
    Tuscan Tony says:

    Why not a tractor stats day compered by Gordon Brown whilst we’re at it FFS.


    • 29
      Animal says:

      Celebrate change? Would that include the changes Stafford NHS Trust made to their patient death rates?


    • 47
      AC1 says:

      Why not have an even better idea.

      Give us the money and we’ll buy our own care. I wonder how many would choose the National Death Service.


      • 55
        I hate Parliament so much it hurts says:


        But slightly modified:

        “Give us the money and we’ll buy our own care.” –> “Don’t confiscate our wages and instead let us buy our own care.”


    • 50
      AC1 says:

      Dave needs to put the NHS the “liverpool care pathway”…


    • 63
      pissed off voter says:

      It would be good to tie a name to some of these absurd ideas. Some plonker must have come up with this one – name and shame him/her or the chairperson if it was some pointless committee decision. Maybe have a little picture gallery of the week’s plonkers … or maybe not, could be a huge list


      • 67
        Dim Beau says:

        Well, we now know there is at least one job that is no longer necessary in the NHS. I wonder if it was dreamt up by some Pilgrim or other trying to make a name for herself?


    • 65
      Old Tory Bigot says:

      “We are the nights who say Ni!”


  2. 2
    Kebab Time says:

    If only the NHS would do what it is meant to do, ya know treat sick people!


    • 7
      Anonymous says:

      If only you could read. This is Tory desperation to try and get this “We love the NHS” charade going again after the latest poll results on the topic.


      • 12
        Kebab Time says:

        ” Here’s a better idea, why don’t they spend that money on saving lives? ”

        I am not the one who needs to read properly.


        • 24
          Anonymous says:

          “some bright spark at the Department of Health has come up with the idea of bringing in an external PR agency, at great cost”


          • Kebab Time says:

            “Instead of spending money on important things like cancer drugs and nurses,”

            The money could have gone on drugs (treating the sick) instead it is going on pr.

            The NHS was set up to treat the sick, but is spending money on a PR stunt.

            hope that is easy enough to understand.


          • He’s suffering from Regressive Socialism Impaired (RSI) – it makes all of those sad sufferers extremely hard of thinking.

            P.S. – I don’t want the NHS to go – (I know I’m in a possible minority on here) – but I do expect it to do it’s job, not use our money to pay for flag waving parades, telling us how good they are at doing their jobs.


          • I hate Parliament so much it hurts says:

            If the NHS was going to tell us how good it is at doing its job, it would be a very short conversation.


    • 39
      Mike Hunt says:

      It’s sole purpose at the moment seems to be to employ union members who then fund the labour party.
      I want to seethe taxpayer’s money earmarked for spending on the nation’s health actually used for that purpose.


    • 48
      AC1 says:

      The NHS isn’t meant to treat sick people… It designed to employ people who are likely to be leftists.


      • 54

        I don’t actually believe that myself – I have genuine and personal experience of the best and the worst of the NHS.

        We have to get past the idea that plain old “Doctors” are gods, above questioning. Doctor in their case is an honorific title. “Mr” for surgeons is closer to the ball, because they were barber-surgeons and therefore neither gentlemen nor Doctors.

        Use it like any other service you would buy – after all, you have paid in advance for THIS service. If you were not happy on the service on your car, you’d complain until something was done – do it with the NHS until you cause change. There are 62 million of “us” and they make up only a small percentage of that total. We have the power – they only pretend to, and like sheep we get herded.


  3. 3
    ToonBert... says:

    How about some free lessons in personal health and fitness tips for the nurses :)


  4. 4
    Yossarian says:

    I hate agreeing with Guido, hate it, hate it, hate it!


  5. 5
    Michael Hunt says:

    Maybe they mean it’ll be the last day of the NHS?


  6. 6
    Joss Taskin says:

    WTF is going on ???


  7. 8
    marvin TPA says:

    i hope they get sick pay for it


  8. 9
    Vote Labour. Vote Often says:

    Clearly NHS Day should either coincide with:

    – April Fools day


    – Tax Freedom Day


  9. 10
    Eggbound says:


  10. 11
    Sandra in Accounts says:



  11. 14
    Penfold says:

    Who?, why?, where is this person domiciled?

    He/She needs to be made an example of, sacked for gross incompetence, wasteful activities not conducive to saving taxpayers monies, and not having a brain. Loss of pension would be another good penalty.

    This just beggars belief….


  12. 16
    Anon Hacked off Voter !! says:

    Don’t the NHS realise they are giving our elected (mis)representatives

    aka HoC Fat Thieving Pigs, more ideas how to waste more of our Money……

    None of them are fit for purpose……

    Perhaps sending them all to the slaughter house is the real

    long over due solution


  13. 18
    Mornington Crescent says:

    “Ni!”, eh?

    How about Tories’ Waste Of Time Schemes – or TWOTS, for short?


  14. 19
    Kevin T says:

    Don’t forget National Mass Immigration Day, National Islam Day, National Beligerent Union Leader Day and National Gormless Boggle-Eyed Twunt Day.


  15. 20
    dog says:

    Its the NHS who go Ni, perhaps they want a shrubbery?


  16. 21
    Jimmy says:

    Will they be laying on some nice young cheerleaders?


  17. 22
    Weird Ed says:


    What a great idea. When I become Prime Minithter in 2015 we will have another public holiday on the 1st Monday in October. We will give free travel to the people to come to London to celebrate.

    We will have ‘Trooping of the Bed Pans’ on Horth Guards Parade… and have Doctors and Nurses and Pilgrims, marching, pushing beds past Downing Street, where I and my ministers will all line up to applaud them, alongside a grateful public.

    I will wing Danny Boyle to make the arrangments


  18. 23
    Tom Tomos says:

    NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement’, or ‘Ni!’ for short…

    That’s ‘Ni! by Mouth’.


  19. 28
    Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    I really think those people protesting againt Mr Osborne’s austerity measures are the pits .

    They go on television without giving their names and addresses and then start slagging off the Government and most tellingly of all offering no constructive alternative whatsoever .

    If they had all for example worked last Saturday and then donated all their money earned to the State I would have had more time for them .

    all they wanted to do was become the centre of attention and blow on their horns upsetting anyone in the vicinity .

    Such people are the pits .


  20. 30
    Edwina says:

    What we need is some figurehead Celebrity that we can give the ward keys to, then they can visit whenever they like bringing enjoyment to the patients.


  21. 31
    A fine pair of lungs says:

    These idiots can jog on all the way to spinal injuries unit.


  22. 38
    barack says:

    NHS needs a slogan?
    ‘ Change, you can B-alive in’, always worked for me


  23. 41
    Anonymous says:

    On a day that a study shows that eating chips damages your baby!

    Did no one check that the area of the study involved some of the biggest industrial users of the chemical that they say is responsible for the differences.

    Also that the US FDA shows that Corn Flakes, prune juice, crackers and ginger snaps are all worse than fries from a well known outlet.

    NHS spent all that money on the excellent study, and then falls flat on its face with the conclusion given to the public. What a waste.


    • 70
      Dim Beau says:

      I read somewhere that some American “expert” reckons we are all too fat because of our wheat/corn diet – too much bread, rolls, cakes, biscuits, corn flakes, corn syrup in everything etc.

      He may have had a point.


  24. 44
    ToonBert... says:

    Cutting costs in the NHS is a priority, I heard that Jimmy Savile, whilst doing his rounds, only needed a finger to check a patient’s temperature.

    Another great money saving tip :)


  25. 45
    Jimmy Savile says:

    They should have a Jimmy Savile day for all I’ve ever done for charity.


  26. 58
    No Liverpool death Pathway - euthanasia by the back door says:

    How about calling it…


    Putting patients onto the death pathway, after all, seems such a favoured activity for the NHS that they are alleged to have put 29% of those who died in hospital onto the death pathway.


    • 59
      No Liverpool death Pathway - euthanasia by the back door says:

      That wouldn’t be so bad, of course, if the patients put onto the pathway – a horrid regime of food and fluid withdrawal, non resuscitation and heavy sedation – were actually dying

      …but are they?

      A learned professor and specialist has questioned whether a proportion of patients are being placed on the death pathway when death is not imminent.


  27. 61
    jiver says:

    Thank you for highlighting the ridiculous behaviour of the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement. This body waste time and money that could be better spent.
    Recently they have been responsible for the grandly named “Productive Wards” project which amounted to little or nothing more than displaying graphs of staff lateness and pictures of offices and clinical rooms before and after tidying up.
    Nothing about input from staff on the ground, that all remains as top down and fear cultured as ever.


    • 75
      Treble9man says:

      You are quite correct in describing parts of the NHS as top-down, fear-mongering, money-wasting little empires.

      May I suggest you take a look at the East of England Ambulance NHS Trust.
      Formed by merging the previous East Anglian service ( Norwich, Suffolk Cambridge) with Essex and Beds & Herts services.

      The former B&H supremo marched in, expanded the management structure no end and oversaw a continual decline in response times and clinical outcomes in rural areas. Now Mr Newton – for it was he – has jumped ship having had a staff vote of no confidence and mass departure of managers on nice little golden goodbyes, courtesy of the Mutually Agreed Redundancy Scheme (MARS) which was DENIED to serving Paramedic crews!

      Now, remaining management scrabble around trying to grab one of the limited managerial posts before they get demoted to boring old on-the-road, 24hr a day shift posts, even though they will get 5 yrs protected salary at their CURRENT rate. The amount of intimidation and bullying of lower grade frontline crews beggars belief!

      But as long as all the right boxes get ticked they are allowed to continue.
      It really is time we stopped the inept failures at the top being allowed to slide out, under the guise of early retirement, with a big fat pay-off.


  28. 62
    Reg Ionalweather says:

    There will be a National Ceefax Day on Friday. See BBC1 Ceefax page 648 tomorrow for full details.


  29. 71
    robbie says:

    If we are to have an NHS day can it not be one where all the Pilgrims that are sucking the resources out of the service on a daily basis get beheaded at the new Olympic stadium.

    It would draw a crowd.


  30. 73
    Yossarian says:

    Now is here is an odd thing, our rabid right wing friends have yet again conflated Department of Health with the average NHS worker. Nobody in the NHS would want this, please try and get a grip!


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