I mean, someone on the left is going to comeup with a story about why this is a very bad thing indeed.
Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Cambridgeshire, previously described by ministers as “a clinical and financial basket case”, released its latest performance data yesterday. In just six months, waiting times had been turned around – from the worst in the region to the best. Patient care had improved; satisfaction ratings were higher than ever. Money was no longer being wasted. Staff morale was up. Even the unpopular car parking fees had been scrapped.
I expect to see a number of ideas floated.
Doesn\’t matter that it\’s got better because that\’s just a post code lottery now? It was all lies it wasn\’t that bad to start with? The budget has been increased (never mind whether it has or not) showing that it\’s all about resources? It\’s all Goldman Sachs money being poured in to make this first one go well?
Most of these attempts will sink without trace but there will emerge some contortion from somewhere about why this doesn\’t actually show what it does show. That private provision within a state financing system can and does (sometimes!) do better than state provision.
It\’s going to be interesting to see how they manage to fit reality into their world view.