• Targets hinder NHS

    Government sets targets for various public bodies such as the NHS and the police service. The NHS is made up of surgeons, doctors and nurses. They know what they do, they try and save lives. The police know what they do, combat crime. So why do governments set targets as they have no purpose in the real world. Targets distract from the reality of what the NHS and police should actually be doing. Successive governments use targets just so that they may claim to have succeeded in meeting their goals; this is, of course, not true. In reality, targets are political myths which have no meaning