The government’s latest plan for reforming the health service in England,1 sets out the big challenge facing the NHS: “NHS organisations will need to achieve unprecedented efficiency gains, if we are to meet the costs of demographic and technological changes, and even more so if we are to achieve quality and improve outcomes.
“The NHS will only be able to increase quality through implementing best practice and increasing productivity.”
Fair enough, but what does this have to do with you and me? What can we do about it? Junior doctors and medical students are a transient bunch. We are on this ward for a couple of months, then off to another. We don’t even belong to one trust. No point getting us involved in running the ward, we’ll be somewhere else in six months.
For our part, we sit around in the canteen whingeing about there not being enough computers