The story so far
The book begins by citing some of the first signs I saw of brazen corruption in the NHS. When I retired I worked as a volunteer at the Christie cancer hospital. My role was to design a relational database so that the managers of the volunteers could use it as a daily diary which repeated it self every 28 days, and which would hold a pictorial record of every volunteer - about 200 of them.
Every volunteer was assigned a job(s) and the database identified how long they had worked and where they had worked. It does not sound very much but it is much more powerful than a spreadsheet of similar performance. Such databases are called flat files and one simply has them replicate themselves every 28 days. However, with a properly written relational file that is impossible because identifiers have be minimal but also unique. They simply will not allow the records to be copied, because then they would not be unique.
When auditors need to produce reports the relational database could be programmed to do anything required. I used to describe it as an MRI of the entire staff because one could cut it and slice in any fashion. I loved juggling with data.
Coincidence does exist! Every one of the vandals who were trashing The Green have scarpered - but not far enough.
More chapters to come.
A little lower down than this line is a connection to the rather dull archive of hundreds of reports as a result of my research.
Click here to go to the corruption archives where there are hundreds of corruption stories culled from The Daily Mail, BBC TV, The Guardian etc.