This is a page for case studies on Convenience Data

  1. ... [to edit] That part of our malaise ( and our abstraction from a broader community?) is convenience - convenience foods and convenient data (for starters) - most of which are tempting, but seldom any good for you. And they are serious addictions - see the obesity epidemic (convenience foods) and the alienation from politics (convenience data). So I have started to put something together on our 'New Addictions'

1. Dr David Zigmond - NHS Doctor
Dr Zigmond was given a glowing report on his medical practice in 2014, and the same practice, with 1700 patients, was closed with 'immediate effect' in 2015.

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Dr Zigmond leaving - with 'immediate effect'

What changed?

Convenience data - it now rules the NHS with an iron fist, and 1700 patients in a poor neighbourhood had to find alternative medical practices with zero hours notice. What is most dramatic here is the total about face of the 'Care Quality' Commission, from 2014 to 2016.

The Guardian / Observer article said that Dr Zigmond was ...

"... being assessed under new regulations brought into force in late 2014, and the inspectors, ordered to gather neatly tabulated data, are not impressed by his explaining that over-regulation destroys much of our best healthcare. But he ploughs on: “I know the argument that the institutional world is acting on behalf of patients, but it has proved far from failsafe. I remain convinced that giving patients enough time to let me know what is going on with them is part of protecting their well-being.”

"Dr Zigmond’s concern chimes with the new recommendation by the BMA that GP appointments should be five minutes longer than the present 10 minutes, because this would lead to improved decision-making and service, and allow for the complex needs of an ageing, and increasingly obese, population to be understood and discussed.

"The delegation leaves and, at the end of the week, Dr Zigmond takes off for a brief holiday in France with his partner. Getting home, he finds the answer machine flashing. It is his receptionist saying the CQC are seeking an emergency order to close down his practice. He has to be in court the following morning.

"There is no time to prepare.