There is a toxic culture at the top of the NHS

Big Up the NHS

I know because I have worked in several senior NHS positions and have seen it first-hand. It works like this…..

  • All major NHS institutions from NHS England down are managed by a board consisting of Executive Directors (EDs) who do the actual work and Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) who are there to hold them to account.
  • The EDs are appointed by the NEDs, who also have the power to remove them if they are not up to the job.
  • EDs are required at intervals to provide the board with assurance that things are going well and that if this is not the case that there are plans in place to correct the situation.
  • It is essential that the board accepts this assurance. If they are not assured they must report up to their regulator – usually NHS Improvement.
  • If they are not assured the easiest action they can take is to…

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Trafford CCGT Still Can’t Get Finance

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

h/t Joe Public

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http://www.powerengineeringint.com/articles/2016/12/manchester-gas-plant-gives-up-450m-subsidy.html?utm_content=bufferb0e58&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

It looks like Carlton Power have given up the ghost with their proposed new CCGT plant at Trafford.

From PEI:

The owners of the 2GW Carlton gas-fired power plant in Manchester have given up a £450m subsidy, part of the UK’s capacity market scheme, as the facility is unlikely to be completed on time.
Carlton Power insist they will still go ahead with the project, capable of delivering electricity to 2 million homes but had to turn down the subsidy after failing to secure sufficient investment to build the gas power plant on time to produce electricity by the end of 2019.
Carlton Power
The Trafford gas-fired power station was the only new large-scale gas plant to get financing under the government’s capacity market scheme, designed to secure the country’s electricity supplies, but failing to meet the financial commitment milestone means they will not be…

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Why Investors Are So Reluctant To Build New CCGT Capacity

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

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RWE npower’s Pembroke Power Station in Wales

There are three very good reasons why the energy industryis so reluctant tobuild new CCGT power stations.

The first has been well discussed and concerns the problems of competing with subsidised renewables.

But there are two other factors, which have received less attention.

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Hottest Arctic Hype

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/13/hottest-arctic-record-triggers-massive-ice-melt/amp/

There has been a concerted effort in the last few days to run the latest Arctic scare story, such as this one in the Telegraph:

The Arctic shattered heat records in the past year as unusually warm air triggered massive melting of ice and snow and a late fall freeze, US government scientists said on Tuesday.

The grim assessment came in the Arctic Report Card 2016, a peer-reviewed document by 61 scientists around the globe issued by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The NOAA report covers from October 2015 to September 2016, a period it said the Arctic’s average annual air temperature over land was the highest on record.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/13/hottest-arctic-record-triggers-massive-ice-melt/amp/

The use of the word “heat”, has become prevalent lately, all designed to put slightly warmer weather into a bad light. All I can say to the writer of this article is that…

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