So in these reports [the TPA's Wasting Lives... and Nick Seddon's Like Heaven] we find several suggestions to get the UK away from its miserable dependence on the monolithic, hidebound and bureaucratic NHS.
Maybe in the end a combination of doctors and patients will finally put a rocket under current NHS management and both sides could free themselves to work well with each other. The expansion of NHS management, for no clear purpose, under current structures is picked up in both these reports. These reports certainly provide additional strength to our model of “The Management Spaceship”- the proposition that if we sent ALL the NHS managers and DH civil servants on a one way ticket to Mars, it would be so much the worse for the Martians. The rest of us would get on better, and would feel no need to send a rescue mission to bring any of them back.
And just as we have needed to get an Italian coach to run the England football team, we need to admit we can learn something from our European neighbours about how to run a health service.
And there's no choking on cornflakes at this end, Team Rant: merely unconfined joy over the sinner that repenteth!