NHS: It Would Take 147 Years and Cost £32 Million to Reveal Pension Data

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Bumper NHS pensions have long been the subject of taxpayer ire, but how many health service employees are actually coining it? Co-conspirators at the Taxpayers’ Alliance fired off a Freedom of Information request to the NHS Business Services Authority asking for the number of members of the NHS pension scheme who had accrued pension benefits with a cash equivalent transfer value of £1 million or more. They were met with an extraordinary response:

“To provide the information would require a cash equivalent transfer value calculation for each of the member records – approx 2 million records (as at March 2015 this was 1,985,056 records). 70% of these values can be calculated via a system calculation estimated at taking approximately 30 minutes a case. 30% of values would need further specialist manual calculation, estimating that each of these would take approximately 1 hour to undertake. Therefore, I estimate that the cost of complying with your request would exceed the non- central Government limit of £450.”

This works out as follows…

70% of 1,985,056 = 1,389,539

1,389,539 x 30 mins = 694,770 hours

30% of 1,985,056 = 595,517

595,517 x 1hr = 595,517 hours

Total = 1,290,286 hours, 53,762 days or 147 years

In line with the £25 an hour rate they use for these calculations, the NHS is saying it would take 147 years and cost £32,257,160 to answer the FoI and reveal how many employees have million pound pensions. That has to be one of the most incredible FoI responses in history…

Police Launch Investigation Into ‘Tories Should All Be Shot’ Doctor

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Last week Guido revealed that the poster boy of the junior doctors had claimed Tory MPs should “all be shot”. Dr Usman Ahmed wrote that he has “always hated the Conservatives” and that Tory MPs should be “given hell”. Well Dr Ahmed’s rant has not gone unnoticed, with local MP Karen Lumley writing to the Worcestershire NHS Trust and the Chief Constable of West Mercia Police expressing her concerns. Lumley says that as a registered outpatient she fears for her safety if Dr Ahmed is on duty:

“I am extremely concerned about this sort of behaviour which is of course totally unacceptable and hope that you and the rest of the Trust would not tolerate it. As I myself am a registered outpatient at the Alexandra Hospital, if this information is accurate and he was on duty when I arrived for an appointment, I could not have any confidence that my safety or well being were assured”.

Guido understands that following the letter West Mercia police have now launched an investigation into Dr Ahmed. The Worcestershire NHS Trust has said it is also investigating his behaviour. A very silly thing for Dr Ahmed to put on his Facebook page…

UPDATE: Dr Ahmed has now apologised on Facebook “I wish to apologise unreservedly for a foolish remark made in the heat of the moment; both for the upset it caused and also for it detracting from the real issues of concern of an unsafe contract for millions of patients and their doctors. Once again my sincerest apologies.”

8 Campaigns Downing Street Didn’t Threaten Over NHS Logo

Downing Street are trying every trick to nobble Vote Leave – this morning government lawyers filed a laughably vexatious trademark infringement complaint over use of the NHS logo in campaign literature. Note that No. 10 are pursuing Vote Leave on this, yet allowed left-wing groups such as Unite the Union, Protect Our NHS, 38 DegreesKeep our NHS Public, The Socialist PartyMomentum NHS, London Labour, and even Tom Watson and Steve Coogan to use the logo for campaign purposes. Of course it’s handy that NHS England chief exec Simon Stevens is a close ally of Peter Mandelson. Splurging thousands on spurious legal battles while there is a £2 billion NHS funding black hole is not a great look…

Junior Doctors Jet Off on Cut-Price Val d’Isere Junket

Just as well junior doctors called off the second of their three planned strikes, scheduled for this week, because hundreds of them are jetting off to Val d’Isere today. Over the next 72 hours doctors are attending their annual winter conference, which has been held at the premier French ski resort for years. The good news is there are still 133 last-minute tickets left for doctors-in-training, at a reduced rate of £330. Medical students qualify for concessions at £210. It is even tax deductible if attendees present an eight-minute report or short paper.

Lectures include “What it takes to win”, “When things go wrong” and “Being sued”. Though far more exciting are the special offers available:

“Val d’Isere is considered to be the world’s premier ski resort. It offers the best skiing together with lively après ski. There are several ski companies offering special DoctorsUpdates rates for delegates in Val d’isere.”

Wonder if they’ll have any snappers for company at the “lively après ski”…

The trip finishes up on Wednesday with the 25th annual St George’s Cup Slalom Race:

“On the Wednesday we hold the great annual St George’s Cup Slalom Race. The rules of the race are cleverly devised so that skiers of all abilities can take part with an equal chance of success. Every competitor completes two timed runs down the same slalom course. The person whose second time most closely matches their first is the winner. This difference is sometimes as close as hundredths of a second!”

Good to see those £30,000-£70,000 junior doctors’ salaries aren’t going to waste!

Weekend Babies Higher NHS Death Rate

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The junior doctors fighting against a 7-day NHS – which aims to achieve the same care quality throughout the week – rejected research previously highlighting that in the year studied – 2013-14 – there had been 11,000 excess deaths from Friday to Monday. Despite the research being carried out by seven leading doctors and statisticians, including NHS England medical director Sir Bruce Keogh and published in the British Medical Journal, the doctors’ union mounted an impressive propaganda counter-attack rubbishing the research and questioning the validity of the statistics. They claimed that the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt was misrepresenting the data…

This morning completely separate research from Imperial College based on analysis of 1.3 million births over a 2 year period made comparable findings – weekends are associated with a higher rate of complications for births in NHS hospitals.

The rate of perinatal death on weekdays was 6.5 per thousand babies delivered. The rate of perinatal death across babies born on Saturday and Sunday was 7.1 per thousand. In addition to this, the team found that mothers admitted at the weekend had slightly higher rates of infections compared to weekdays (8.7 infections per thousand deliveries, compared to 8.2 per thousand). The authors suggest that if rates of perinatal death and maternal infections were the same across the week as they were on a Tuesday, there would be 770 fewer perinatal deaths a year, and 470 fewer maternal infections. There are around 4,500 perinatal deaths every year in England across 675,000 births. 

The BMA doctor’s union’s reluctance to move to a 7-day NHS is costing lives…

Envy of the World Update: Cambridge Hospitals in Special Measures

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The health service regulator Monitor have placed Cambridge University Hospitals Trust in special measures after their inspectors found it was “inadequate“. The Trust was haemorrhaging £1.2 million a week, largely because they cocked up the implementation of the electronic patient record IT system e-Hospital.

The e-Hospital system is widely regarded as a poster child for disastrous NHS trust IT projects. Three years ago CUH plumped for the most expensive contract they could and tied themselves to it for 10 years. Within three years of signing the deal, their Addenbrooke hospital has gone from being one of the safest and most respected in the country to special measures. Envy of the world…

Mastermind of Disastrous NHS IT Project Jumps Ship

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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’s departure doesn’t mention Care.data. You can opt out of the Care.data system by clicking here

NHS Hacked by ISIS

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An NHS website called “Telling Stories” that details patients experiences of illness and treatment has been hacked. The individual or organistation behind the attack calls themselves “Moroccanwolf” and defaced the site with a screed blaming the USA and Israel for the crisis in Syria. Elsewhere on the internet Moroccanwolf claims to be an IS supporter.

Moroccanwolf” appears to be making a habit of hacking into NHS websites, defacing the Moorfields Eye Hospital website earlier this year; begging the question as to how equipped the NHS is to keep sensitive patient data safe. We should ISISt on better security…

Shameless Burnham’s NHS “News Management” Chutzpah

Another stunning lack of self-awareness from Andy Burnham, who has some nerve putting his name to this article in today’s Mirror:

“the Government publishes all the bad news about the NHS on the same day in the hope that it will minimise the negative headlines. 

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NHS Un-Appy

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NHS England has been pressured into removing sub-standard apps from their Mental Health Apps Library following accusations that they’re too incompetent to assess the third party applications. The Library which launched in March is supposed to curate a selection of medically sound health apps, but health campaigners have poured scorn on the quality of the apps being promoted by the NHS as viable health solutions.[…]

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Boffins: NHS Staff ‘Too Incompetent’ to Digitise

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NHS staff are too dim to implement effective reform to their IT systems, according to the boffins drafted in to overhaul IT at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Addressing an event at the Academy of Medical Sciences this week, Fran Cousins and Dr Afzal Chaudhry singled out a lack of competence on the part of senior NHS staff for burdening their hospitals with costly and sub-standard legacy systems.[…]

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NHS Overpaid by a Massive 920% For IT Products

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The NHS is overpaying for basic IT equipment on an epic scale, in one case splurging out 920% above the trade price for a product. The figure comes from benchmarking organisation KnowledgeBus – after reviewing IT spending across 20 sectors they found the NHS had managed to overpay percentage-wise more than anyone else.[…]

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Tutting Diane Abbott: ‘Tories Harp On About Mid-Staffs’

In an ITV London health debate last night former Shadow Health Minister Diane Abbott tutted when the Mid-Staffs scandal was mentioned:

When called out by the presenter, she justified her response by claiming that the Tories “always harp on about Mid-Staffs”.[…]

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Domestic Violence: Labour Fans Paint Cameron Strangling Woman on House

This charming mural has been daubed on the side of a house in Filton and Bradley Stoke, South Gloucestershire alongside a placard backing Labour’s candidate Ian Boulton:

It reads “NHS: Safe in his hands?” and shows David Cameron strangling a female nurse:

Another ‘weaponising’ victory in Labour’s ‘NHS Week’.[…]

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Labour Weaponising Nurses for Miliband Speech

Labour’s “NHS week” is going well. First, a poll found only 13% of GPs back Miliband. Then Andy Burnham’s big NHS poster launch ended in a gaffe and everyone spent the rest of the day talking about the SNP.

Now Guido can reveal how Labour are cynically stage-managing Miliband’s NHS speech in Manchester this morning.[…]

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More Fantasy Election Numbers

It’s Labour’s big health day, so Guido was amused to find this leaflet in his inbox over the weekend. Under the Representation of the People Act 1983 it is illegal to knowingly provide false statements on election literature. Just ask Phil Woolas if you think they are joking…

Up in Wirral West they are throwing the absolute kitchen sink at Esther McVey, but given all the ammo they have with her, this Labour leaflet looks very sloppy:

“Tories have: Cut thousands of nurses, doctors and GPs”?[…]

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