Leo: We spent millions of dollars developing a pen for the astronauts that would work in zero gravity. Know what the Russians did?
Toby: Used a pencil?
Leo: They used a pencil.
The West Wing: We Killed Yamamoto
The West Wing: We Killed Yamamoto
Well it was not exactly true but it illustrated a very important point: solutions could sometimes be very simple and cheap.
Now most readers know that I love snorkeling and when I started my wife on it she, being a scientist, wanted to know the names of things she saw whilst snorkeling. The West Wing came to mind.
We used a polypropylene chopping board (the smaller one), drill a hole in the corner to tie a strap so that the hand could sometimes be free to operate the camera. We then use a golf pencil tied to the board with a fishing line to write.
Blue Brittle Star ©Am Ang Zhang 2010
So what about The NHS(England): Use The Mayo Pencil!
The main features:
The needs of the patient come first.
An Egalitarian Culture.
Healthcare is not a commodity.
A Fully Integrated System.
Private or Charity Patients are Equal.
No over treating at Mayo.
Competition does not serve patients’ interests.
Disincentive system that works.
by Maggie Mahar
October 21, 2008
These are values that can be traced directly back to William Mayo and Charles Mayo, who, together with their father, William Worrall Mayo, founded
’s Mayo Clinic in 1903. The Clinic was one of the first examples of group practice in the Minnesota . As Doctor William Mayo explained in 1905: “The best interest of the patient is the only interest to be considered, and in order that the sick may have the benefit of advancing knowledge, union of forces is necessary…it has become necessary to develop medicine as a cooperative science.” United States
Read the full article: What Makes the Mayo Clinic Different?
The Cockroach Catcher surprised even himself that he was still naive about the future of the NHS that he joined over 40 years ago.
Elsewhere, I stated:
Private Health Care providers all knew the value of specialist. These specialists have been known as hospital consultants in
England (and the rest of the ). Private Health Care providers know that secondary care is where the money is. Primary care has never featured in Health Insurance schemes. It has always been secondary care. U.K.
The only reason why they now want to move into GP service is to have control over secondary care. Many Insurers have full control over the consultants and the hospitals they are allowed to operate.
Why are hospitals and the consultants not kicking up a fuss?
Here is a view:
“In the case of the consultants, a show was made of trying to make them accept much closer supervision by hospital managers, and cut back on their private work. But it soon came to seem that the real aim of doing this was to make them feel more disenchanted with working as salaried NHS employees and readier to go into business – to form doctors chambers, on the model of barristers, or other kinds of business, and sell their services to any employer, public or private, that offered them the best terms. A significant number began to plan to do so and some have begun to. And as the cuts begin to bite there will be unemployment among hospital doctors. As you will have read, consultants are among those scheduled to be laid off by
hospital in Tooting, and elsewhere. Working for private providers will become normal again in a way it hasn’t been since 1948.” St George’s