Health service managers: a breed apart
- By: Siddartha Dutta
As medics we often resent health service managers. It is not anything personal, but it is hard to be friendly towards people who tell us of budget cuts and set targets to achieve. I recently had the opportunity to interact with this particular breed of people in their natural environment.
A conference for human resource workers and NHS managers was held to discuss the serious problem of staff shortages. If any prospective workers were in the audience they might think twice.
In what seemed like a secret language, the speakers addressed the attendees at a banqueting hall of a London hotel. Speaker after speaker talked about the NSF and PCTs, ensuring IWL, implementing AfC, establishing NHSFT, developing KSF, good HRM, and reducing LOS. Even with flagging attentions none of this seemed alien to the delegates from far and wide.
There was so much dressing up that you might be forgiven