You don't succeed in a large company unless you have the appropriate attitude - you must be made of the right stuff. The whole purpose of personnel reviews and assessments is to make sure you continue to fit.
When you look at a company with a reputation as a ruthless financial predator, you already know something about the people who work there. When they get to be an executive director you know they embody the corporate essence.
When that company is Goldman Sachs, you can be in no doubt as to the corporate attitude of the employee. Remember, Goldman were last year charged by the SEC because they defrauded investors and bet against their own clients - they were subsequently fined $550 million for their corrupt behaviour. (Not too painful for a company that paid over $16 billion in bonuses for 2009.)
Given what all this tells us, it seems rather odd that the future of the NHS should be placed in the hands of people like Dr Ali Parsa, former executive director of Goldman Sach and before that Merrill Lynch (whose doctorate is in engineering). Dr Parsa is 'boss' of CircleHealth, a hospital group (CircleBath, CircleReading etc) comprising nearly 2000 clinicians.
Today, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, argues that almost all public services should be opened up to private companies. Dr Parsa and CircleHealth are a good example of what we will get.
All these nice new enterprises will be looking for funding, and the bankers will want business plans, and the insurance companies will want key-man insurance, and the officials will want independent regulators and ...
Instead of government, we will be ruled by private enterprise, consumed by business models and beliefs and work ethics. Successful modern corporations tend to be bright and shiny on the outside (like a modern investment bank) but driven by non-human, twisted corporate values on the inside.
As Managing Partner of Circle, no doubt Ali Parsa will be keen to develop the corporate attitude of CircleHealth to conform with his own view of the world, presumably as articulated by these 'principles'. I don't think they look at home in a hospital, somehow.
NHS? --- RIP!
Posted by Nicholas Moore 2:34:20 pm