cowboyneal on SCO idiocy

Presumably there must have been money somewhere to cause the people running SCO to not care how stupid and venal they looked, or how many people they irritated.

Presumably it came from someone who wanted as much damage as possible done to the rest of industry and life.

There may be an episode or two to come yet.

BBC badly briefed, by whom?

BBC on NHS IT and shared records

Wildly wrong in the first sentence.

I’m interested in who briefed them that “currently GPs use paper records”. This GP doesn’t, and hasn’t this century. Other bits of the NHS have carefully avoided learning from us, and are setting up systems similar to those we had in 1980, and I suspect the vendors and champions of those wish to compel us to abandon ours and move to theirs.

The record of central NHS IT projects is appallingly bad, but the failed model of development and control has been applied over and over again, and currently the centralisers are trying to take over the only success stories.


Sickileaks next?

Governments tend to be persuadable that putting all the information in one place in a big database is the solution. It isn’t, and among the reasons it isn’t are the problems that have been solved in a few distributed systems (such as the World Wide Web) and have not been solved in any big centralised database I’ve been pressed to use yet.

Centralise medical records and the records will no longer fit the local organisations and geographies that produced them, and there _will_ be some huge leak of records on the order of Wikileaks.

Persuading GPs? Not one of them.

“The impact of incentives on the behaviour and performance of primary care professionals” is a long and largely tedious report to the DH.

Among many qualitative quotes is that from GP 208 on page 110 who says:-

“He [Darzi] needs his head kicking in.….He knows jack shit about general practice.”

GP 208 is a perceptive individual.

The Urban Dictionary offers:-

“Jack is the only son of Awe Schitt and O. Schitt. Awe Schitt, the fertilizer magnate, married O. Schitt, the owner of Knee-deep Schitt, Inc. Jack Schitt married Noe Schitt and they had 6 children: Holie Schitt, The twins; Deep Schitt and Dip Schitt, Fulla Schitt, Giva Schitt and Bull Schitt. Jack and Noe divorced. Noe later married Mr. Sherlock and because her kids were living with them, she wanted to keep her previous name. She was known as Noe Schitt-Sherlock. Dip Schitt married Loda Schitt and they had Chicken Schitt. Fulla Schitt and Giva Schitt married the Happens brothers in a dual ceremony. The Schitt-Happens children are Dawg, Byrd and Horse. Bull Schitt left home to tour the world. He recently returned with his new bride, Pisa Schitt.”

Asking a London tertiary surgeon to opine on the organisation of general practice and primary care and then attempting to apply that to the privinces was an approach in which few sensible people I know have found any merit.

But what was the Torygraph trying to suggest, then?

The Daily Telegraph issued an apology for a grossly inaccurate and misleading article attacking the chairman of the IPCC and listing some things they say it was not intended to suggest.

That doesn’t seem to leave anything from the apology or the article that it actually was intended to suggest.

Detail from the Grauniad.