Essential viewing starting tonight in the UK for all healthcare industry professionals is "Can Gerry Robinson Fix the NHS?" on BBC2 at 9pm. This British Business Guru spent 6 months in Rotherham General Hospital and the sneaky preview at The Telegraph suggests that he found it a very frustrating (but rewarding) experience. He cites the considerable challenges in the public sector and the difficulty in motivating consultant doctors to work more hours/more productively in coming to the conclusion that all is not lost. What is needed to manage these "brilliant, extraordinary people" are really excellent managers.
I agree. I think there are other ways to motivate the consultants too but I'll be interested to see if the programme covers these.
I'll be interested in seeing what the local press reaction to the programme is. So far the Yorkshire Post has been quite non-committal.
Tags: Gerry Robinson, health, health care, NHS, Rotherham General Hospital