Grantham Journal letter: A dose of common sense is required to heal ailing NHS

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Two adjacent items on page 11 (Journal, March 27) may have raised a few eyebrows.

We read that United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust has been taken out of ‘special measures’ following a Care Quality Commission reinspection, a recommendation by the Chief Inspector of Hospitals, plus a decision by the NHS Trust Development Authority. We may wonder just how much those questionable quangos and box-ticking bureaucrats have cost our local NHS over the years.

We also read that a locum doctor costs ULHT £3,258 for two A&E 12-hour shifts, ie £135.75 per hour; similar problems are exemplified by the widespread use of agency nurses.

Such financial fiascos did not happen in the 1950s and 1960s when competent medical and nursing professionals ran their own hospitals and our NHS was an example to the rest of the world.

How can those responsible justify paying outrageous sums to agencies, but cannot train and employ sufficient graduates to work directly at significantly less cost? No, it’s not a trick question; the simple answer is that, for decades, contradictory political dogma and red tape from successive politicians and civil servants has suppressed the application of common sense and consistent, long-term planning.

If any readers feel depressed by that analysis, just keep taking the tablets!

Brian Bruce