By Steve Carne, Apr 15 2016 01:01PM
A lovely lovely thing happened this morning. On social media in a rambling post about local councillors & Clinical Commissioning Groups making an absolute cock-up of proceedings around public consultations and providing information - well let's be honest HIDING information, producing classic i-Arse facts and goobledegook, and plain lies!
But out of that feeling of despair when you just can't figure out how to fight these awful monstrous individuals who seem hell-bent on killing Our NHS - they really do - comes something delightful from a campaigner somewhere in the ether. The question came up "are they really thick or are they in on the whole thing?" And then the new lovely word we should all get put into the English Dictionary
Are those in positions of decision making and power genuinely stupid or are they aware of the catastrophic damage being done to the NHS, and the country, and just dont give a shit?
Duplicitous. Knowing. Stuplicity.
It's a question campaigners are constantly having to ask themselves as they sit in dull, "pins in my eyes would be more beneficial" CCG meetings, Scrutiny Committees, Health & Wellbeing Boards, Healthwatch, NHS England consultations... As they engage with politicians, Union Officials, local dignatories, local media...
Right now local CCG's, NHS Trusts, Foundation Trusts, GPs, local authorities are all being squeezed into something called the Sustainability & Transformation Plan which is a sealant strategy designed to make the Five Year Forward View concrete - think concrete boots.
By June 16th, NHS Trusts, coerced into working with local authoriites and 3rd Sector organisations have to come up with a plan to show how they are are going to dramatically improve services whilst cutting cutting cutting.... SLASHING. So look forward to lots of iApps, digital innovation and secretive meetings where the public can't reach.
The NHS is about to be divided up into 44 Footprints. Where that lovely term has come from no one knows but no doubt some oik in a suit with a good grasp of Excel came up with that gem. And got paid millions no doubt because that is what we come to expect from the likes of Ernst & Young, McKinsey, Price Waterhouse Coopers. Trouble is describing these "footprints" is damn near impossible. Currently campaigners are struggling to grasp the sense behind it because it is clouded in layer upon layer of jargon, confusing terminology, and official document (pass the pins please) formatting. And we're getting there.
A terrfyingly dull NHS England version is here STP ONE
An excellent link written by campaigners who have worked really hard to understand it is this one. STP TWO
Using the new word STUPLICITY we'd like to invite you to pick up the phone, write a quick email and ask your
local Clinical Commissioning Group
local Scrutiny Committee
local Health & Wellbeing Board
local NHS Trust
and charity organisations like Macmillan, Age UK, MIND.
Then ask the Sustainability and Transformation Plan leaders... STUPLICITY GROUP LEADERS
You keep talking about increasing services and improving quality. But everything points to cutting services and reducing quality in staff and resources.
Are you really stupid? Or are you in on it? The destruction of our NHS.