Registered On: December 24, 2013
The only reason I don’t comment is because I have better things to do with my time.
As for the comments above, what exactly do you expect from anything run by politicians? They’re all useless regardless of the political party they represent.
As for the private vs public sector there are useless businesses people just as much as there are useless politicians. There are also corrupt people in business and corrupt people in the public sector.
None of that alters the fact that the public sector is unaccountable while businesses are accountable. This means that if a business is badly run it will fail whereas the public sector does not. It also means that when a business fails it’s shareholders who carry the cost whereas in the public sector it’s the taxpayers who carry the cost.
Obviously this is a gross over simplification but in the broadest terms these are the basic facts. Regarding the vaccination programme its success is a great example of public and private sector organisations and people working together, much of which is down to the leadership of Kate Bingham.
Of course the NHS has played a great part but so, too, has the private sector. The main reasons it’s been so successful is that it’s removed the culture and bureaucracy of the public sector, which is typically risk-averse and very much about “cover my arse” rather than “how do we get this done”.
Using success of the vaccination roll-out as validation of the public sector is ridiculous. What it does reveal is just what can be achieved when everyone pulls in the same direction, politics is put to one side and failure isn’t really an option. Pretty much the exact opposite of what you’ll find in many if not most public sector projects. Of course you’ll also find this in many business but, as I’ve said, the difference is that they will ultimately fail.
The sad thing is that when a business does fail, all too often it’s the employees who lose out. I’ve closed business down but can say with 100% honesty that I’ve never left a supplier unpaid or an employee without a good alternative job to go to.