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.