TV PROGRAMME TO WATCH!
That is if you are concerned about the National Health Service. Tonight and tomorrow on BBC2 at 9pm are the second and third programmes of ‘Can Gerry Robinson fix the NHS?’ Robinson is a trouble shooting business guru said to be ‘smooth, disarming, calculating and ruthless’. He certainly needed all those character traits to deal with the three separate factions in the Rotherham General Hospital. These were the nurses, the managers and the consultants; they weren’t so much warring with each other as incompatible, seemingly unable to communicate.
There seemed to be no one person or body who could manage or control them and of course ‘no-one can tell consultants what to do.’ They seemed entrenched in bureaucracy and hierarchy (I remember the latter from my hospital days) and could sit round a table and talk endlessly about what could be done, to no avail. Robinson with his pink and white skin and blue, blue eyes, like a distant relative of the Churchill family, agonised over their procrastinations and sheer bloody mindedness but he refused to give up. Once he saw a glimmer of hope; a manager, Karen with a plan and a surgeon who whittled his waiting list by ploughing on with his lists all day long, he persevered until he got at least one result – the children’s waiting list reduced from eight weeks to two.
The next big problem is the empty theatres in the hospital – no-one wants to operate on Fridays - and the time wasted between operations. I can’t wait to see what else he can achieve. Don’t miss it.