Having said that, today we have learnt that, potentially within a matter of weeks, hospitals and GPs will become the next to be held under the microscope of public scrutiny through the publication of innovation scorecards which will reveal how up to date they are with new treatments through 'innovation scorecards'. The cynic in me asks is this payback time for GPs resistance to health reform. Regardless, heaven only knows how reliable they will be.
However, it also came to light today that £36.4bn is outstanding in late payments to SMEs over the year to July 2012. With 1,011,000 SMEs affected that works out at an average of £36,000 each. In turn that represents potentially quite a reasonable dent in unemployment statistics if that late payment were able to be channelled into salaries.
You may ask what is the connection between the NHS innovation scorecards and the late payment statistics? Well to me the current publication of expenditure data has proved to be costly and an ineffective weapon in economic recovery. Equally, we see an absence of innovation in public procurement in spite of the innovation in public procurement white paper having been published in 2008 and we have clear evidence that performance in paying debts isn't acceptable.
My suggestion would be that rather than worry about publishing unheeded data on public spending and worrying about NHS innovation scorecards, why not shift the emphasis to public procurement innovation scorecards. Scorecards which highlight how good a public procurement organisation is at adopting best practice, paying SMEs on time, and saving money. Surely that would be more beneficial and push towards a tool which could actually assist with economic recovery.