07 October, 2006

Breast Cancer Helpline Closure:

Just when you think bureaucrats have reached the limits of stupidity, along comes a story like this.

The National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline, a 24-hour service founded and run by Derbyshire woman Wendy Watson, is threatened with closure. Is it because there is no demand, or because at £40,000 a year (£4.58 an hour) it is too expensive? No, her local paper, the Derbyshire Times, explains,

... the Department of Health has angered Mrs Watson by telling her she must find her own funding from March next year because it is no longer 'innovative'.
I see, the decision on whether to fund the Helpline is not taken on medical grounds but according to whether or not it fits bureaucratic criteria laid down by some anonymous government official. If the right boxes are not ticked, forget it. It gives a new meaning to the saying, "innovate or die."

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