Time for more accountability

Today’s newspapers do not make pleasant reading for anybody.

Between revelations of child abuse being ignored in Oxford and the horrifying report into poor care and an ensuing cover-up at a hospital in Cumbria, it showed that too often large taxpayer-funded bureaucracies still do not have the level of accountability and scrutiny that those they serve deserve.

In the NHS in particular, we still remain hamstrung by a childish debate. It is impossible to talk about the real reform the Health Service needs in today’s political climate, with point-scoring and ideology put ahead of the people who should be at the heart of the Service – patients themselves. Rather than focussing on the need for changes, politicians are falling over themselves to pump more money into a service that is failing to deliver what taxpayers deserve.

Today’s leading article in The Times called for far greater accountability at the heart of government (£). We heartily agree.