So of course she has ended up in chair of the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Commons. That she is the daughter of a Jewish multi-millionaire of course has nothing to do with it.
So now she gets on her hind trotters to admit that under the administration in which she played a minor part only because her career was polluted by scandals that would have sunk someone less well connected, productivity in the NHS over the last 10 years declined by an average of 0.2 per cent a year overall, and by an average of 1.4 per cent a year in hospitals.
Over the last 10 years, the productivity of NHS hospitals has been in almost continuous decline. Over the same period, the amount spent on the NHS increased from £60bn to £102bn a year. The quality of the health service has improved as a result of this increase in spending. But the taxpayer has been getting less for each pound spent. A key problem is that national pay contracts have not so far been used to manage the performance of staff effectively. It is indicative of this that consultants' productivity has fallen at the same time.No shit. Shame your boys Blair and Brown did nothing to address the problem while they, and you, had the power to do so.