This week it is the fault of the ambulance drivers, last week it was hospital waiting times, the week before it was lack of nursing staff, the week before that it was…
We are operating in a system that can’t cope and our solution is so often to find the ‘culprit’ and to force them to fix the problem. Their solution very often triggers the identification of the next ‘culprit’ and around and around we go.
If tweaking the system could have solved the problem of a lack of access to great medical care in hospitals, then it would have been fixed long before now. The fact is that tweaking will not solve a problem that so clearly needs a quake.
So, why not blow it up and start all over again?
Perhaps we should be getting all the important players to the one table and getting them to design the most amazing health system they can think of, not worrying about how to do it or how much it would cost, just thinking of the best, most sustainable model possible.
Then we would have something to aim for.
Then we could start planning how to get from what we have got to what we need.
We could also inform the public of the plan so that everyone is aware how long it will take to fix the system, that there will be pain along the way but that we are going somewhere wonderful.
We could also start appreciating the efforts of people working in this broken system, understand that they would be striving for a great system, and stop looking for someone to blame.