Obsession With NHS Targets May Be Making Things Worse

"NHS England has largely given up and across the globe health targets are regarded quite differently but in Scotland they remain highly politicised and simplistic, even moronic. Despite well-known problems with target-setting including both failure to improve services and even a tendency to worsen them (below), the opposition parties and their lackeys in the MSM (above) leap gleefully, as they have done today, on ‘missed targets’, demanding improvements in the name of the people and either directly or by implication, condemning the ‘SNP Government.’ Where targets are hit or even surpassed, as with IVF, drug and alcohol treatment, they are ignored. Where they are approached despite pressure from soaring demand, as in A&E and in cancer treatment, it is never enough for commentators."