The Monday Morning Quote #139

“People love to buy things, but almost no one wants to be sold.”

Thomas Leonard

The Monday Morning Quote #138

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.

So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain

CQC A letter to The Times

Published in The Times today. Well done Andrew.

Dear Sir,

For the Care Quality Commission to blame chasing of paperwork targets for the sad state of affairs in hospitals is brazen indeed, as it is the CQC, along with Primary Care Trusts and other “governance” and “compliance” organisations which have enforced the burdensome paperwork load in the first place. For my own profession of dentistry this has resulted in a virtual tsunami of un-necessary policy writing and compliance with innumerable pieces of micro-managing and verification of processes.

Despite what some might say, whose jobs depend upon it, not one jot of this massive effort has resulted in the health or welfare of my patients, my staff, or myself improving. It has however added to the already high costs of running a healthcare business or service. I would not be suprised in the least to learn that nurses have been taken off caring for people and put in front of computer screens and manilla folders. It seems that the more organisations are involved in so-called “regulation” or a service the worse the service becomes.

This government said it would slash red tape.

They lied.

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Adey BDS
Dental Surgeon,

The Monday Morning Quote #137 – from Sam for Sam

The Sams in question being Beckett & Warburton.

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

Worstward Ho 1983


40% of GPs looking to leave NHS by 2021

From Pulse Online

40% of GPs looking to leave NHS by 2021

Four out of 10 GPs do not expect to be working to an NHS contract in 10 years’ time strengthening fears of a ‘recruitment and retention crisis’.

The Healthcare Index published by Lloyds TSB Commercial, which talked to 208 GPs as well as dentists and pharmacists, found confidence in the future of the healthcare sector is very low with only 59% of GPs expect to still be working to an NHS contract in ten years time.

A spokeswoman for the researchers said that overall confidence in the future of the GP sector reflects widespread concern around finances and growing competition with 94% of GPs are expecting further financial pressures over the next five years and 92% anticipate increased competition in the market place over the same period.

Consolidation is expected in the GP profession, with 82% expecting a rise in the number of larger practices, potentially as a response to the formation of commissioning groups.
GPC deputy chair and Leeds GP Dr Richard Vautrey told Pulse: ‘These figures suggest a series level of anxiety within the profession about the future of NHS general practice which is being created by the Government in England’s Health and Social Care Bill.’

‘This anxiety is also reflected in the drop in the number of young doctors who are considering general practice as a career and the increased number of older GPs who are looking to retire early.’

‘There is a real risk that we are going to return to the recruitment and retention crisis that we saw prior to the introduction of the new GMS contract.’


The Monday Morning Quote #136

“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart….

…..No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

From the text of the Commencement address by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, delivered on June 12, 2005.

The full address is here and to watch him deliver it go here.


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