Fining state institutions

A statement from Sir Bruce Keough that hospitals could be fined up to £12 million pounds for poor weekend care follows on from his earlier in March announcement that surgery fees could be withheld from surgeons for poor practice if complaints are made.

This follows the fining last week of Lloyds bank to the tune of £28 million by the FCA, a bank largely owned by us the tax payer, and the fining of public institutions for the failure in keeping data security, er secure or at all.

These are all recent – I’m sure with a little effort I could find more, and there does seem to be a growing trend to pronounce fines on all and everything in the public sector.

To me this is a cop out for failing to get to the root of the problems revealed, being in the public sector getting rid of people who have failed in whatever sphere they work in, especially at the management level, where early retirement departmental moving or even moving on to a different public body all come before somebody actually being directly blamed and dealt with for major failings.

So the answer seems to be to announce that bodies these people work within will be fined, good headline material and nobody gets their hands dirty.

End result – we the taxpayers pay the fines because we have already paid to run these public bodies, and of course in the case of hospitals, all it does is take money away from patient care.

Brilliant, so instead of solving the problem it’s made worse – all with other people’s money.

6 Responses to “Fining state institutions”

  1. Mike Spilligan December 17, 2013 at 11:47 Permalink

    That’s been one of my gripes for years when any one or any organization gets “fined” – those in receipt of “benefits” is another example.
    Soon, I guess, we’ll see fines being hugely increased because the previous “penalties” weren’t stiff enough to modify poor behaviour.

  2. Amfortas December 17, 2013 at 13:03 Permalink

    Its the bloody taxpayer who provides the money to pay the friggin’ fines !

  3. ivan December 17, 2013 at 14:49 Permalink

    I would think the best way to make changes would be to fine those in charge of the cock up starting at the top and working down and make sure they pay from their personnel money.

  4. Mark Wadsworth December 17, 2013 at 16:37 Permalink

    Agreed, the whole thing is nuts, Ivan explains the obvious solution.

  5. Rossa December 17, 2013 at 17:03 Permalink

    Only problem with Ivan’s solution is that the salaries of anyone in charge of public sector organisations is paid by…..the public purse! Therefore they don’t have any ‘personal’ money.

    Even with the corporates and their private sector employees, they only get their money from their customers. So fining a Company is a waste of time as it gets filtered down to increased prices as it’s built into the Company’s costs.

    I’m starting to think that maybe we should all give up work and the Govt should create as much money as is needed out of thin air and then it gets circulated around the system ‘paying’ for everything. Maybe a ‘pay scale’ for those that want to do something/be active and those that want to sit around doing sweet f’all. Then who cares what the numbers are in the computer systems. It’s not real, only a number.

  6. Mark in Mayenne December 17, 2013 at 19:12 Permalink

    Fining state institutions changes nothing, which is why they do it. Locking up any dishonest directors would achieve a lot which is why it’s not done.

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