PFI Disaster

Some of us have been warning for years that Public Finance Initiative was little more than a tawdry confidence trick perpetrated on the taxpayer. We have now seen the South London Healthcare NHS Trust go into administration, quite clearly as a result of entering into 2 PFI deals which are costing it £61m p.a. in interest.

It is really time that an offence of recklessly wasting public funds was introduced, allowing politicians, civil servants and administrators in the public sector to face fines, imprisonment and exclusion from office.

 

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Giving the Boot the Boot

aircast walkerAfter 6 weeks in sort of orthopaedic boot called an Aircast FP Walker for my ruptured Achilles tendon, I have finally been able to return to wearing ordinary shoes. Ironically, I am now wearing running shoes. 

I was lucky that the rupture, although full depth, was not full width. I am told that it was hanging on by a thread! The Americans are great believers in surgery but Britain's NHS prefers a non-interventionist approach wherever possible. No doubt cost is a consideration but, in any case, I am very happy with the result. I am walking almost normally – not quite normally because my calf muscle needs to regenerate after its enforced idleness.

The Aircast walker is quite heavy and cumbersome but this is not entirely a bad thing as it motivates one to get out of it as quickly as possible. To be fair, it seems to be very well designed with a convex sole, a little bit like those 'Barefoot Technology' shoes. This allows you to rock forward onto the ball of your foot, even though you can't flex it. I have been walking to the shops and back almost every day for the last 6 weeks in it and I like to think  that it has given me a good start on the road to recovery.

 

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