When bookkeepers rule the world

NHS ' is heading for underspend'
The NHS looks like it has underspent by nearly £500m last year after making cuts amid intense political pressure to avoid a deficit, early data shows.
This obsession with 'balancing the books' (the cretinous Health Secretary has staked her job on achieving it) has led to totally unnecessary cuts in services.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Health said the final figures would be published shortly. But she added: "The NHS ended last year [2005-6] with a deficit of over £500m. "This was unacceptable, and we introduced new rigour and discipline in order to put the NHS on a sound financial footing for the future."
Utter bollocks. Only someone with no idea of what goes on in the real world would talk such crap. The overspend was about 0.7% of the total budget. Put another way. If you had an extension built and the estimate was for £15,000 I don't think you'd lose much sleep over getting an extra bill for £105, roughly the cost of replacing a broken sealed-unit.

Meanwhile, as shown on a recent TV programme, a lack of foetal monitors has led directly to deaths and injuries during childbirth which cost the NHS £25 million in compensation last year alone.