Update on Capita and the cervical cancer screening programme.
PS: I spent much of my career working on screening programmes. This hurts.
Whilst I am 100% totally against NHS healthcare being outsourced I don’t have the same view for councils. In our area (Derbyshire), I honestly don’t think they have any concept of efficiency or are able to undertake even the simplest of tasks economically. As for the management and policies, don’t even go there. You would think the cutbacks would force some improvements in working practices but nope, they just carry on regardless. DCC aren’t the only council like this either.
That's an interesting distinction. For local government there doesn't seem to be a lot of evaluation around, but from what I've found so far:
Here is an example of what I mean. How much to operate a public toilet, bearing in mind they are [mostly] unheated, cold water only, run down, smelly little buildings?
Answer, £18,000 a year so more than most people could run a centrally heated 4 bedroom family home with all the bills that go with it. Oh and they had a backlog of repairs due to underfunding!!!
“The District Council currently provides a total of 26 public conveniences on a discretionary basis at a cost of £467,000 per year”.
At their meeting to shut them down, a room full of council attendees, most said nothing, nobody asks why so much. Went on for ages then the conclude they need to be closed. Great for the Peak District and all its businesses they don’t mind taking business rates from.
"SFO charges former Serco directors with fraud"
"The Serious Fraud Office has charged two individuals with fraud and false accounting in relation to its investigation into Serco’s electronic monitoring contract with the Ministry of Justice."
NAO report: "Investigation into the rescue of Carillion’s PFI hospital contracts".
"All porters, cleaners and catering staff at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust are to receive NHS basic pay rates and sick leave and have access to the NHS pension scheme following a review of options for the future management of ‘hotel services’ across our five hospitals. The move will help ensure our hotel services staff are able to play their full and fair role within our care teams and enable us to improve service quality collaboratively."
That's bringing it back in-house from Sodexo. Guardian coverage, including the back story and the effect on pay.