An illustrative little story to make a rather larger point:
Matt Hancock will call on doctors and nurses to “throw away their pagers” and replace them with smartphone apps as the new Health Secretary sets out his vision for the NHS.
Mr Hancock, who gained a reputation for promoting new technology as Culture Secretary and was the first MP to launch his own app, will focus on “tech transformation” in the health service.
The National Health Service is an organisation of some 1.3 million people. Among the top 5 employers in the world in size in fact.
Decisions about which technology is to be used are being made by a politician, one appointed within the past week.
This is not how organisations are effectively managed.
And that’s the most important thing we need to know about the NHS. A politically managed health care service will always be managed by politics. Politics not being a known to be effective manner of organising anything other than which set of bastards shouldn’t be in power.