While working as an NHS consultant anaesthetist, I wrote about myopic short-term approaches to complex problems. Contracting out cleaning and catering to the cheapest providers led to surges in hospital-acquired infections and patient malnutrition, and so to increases in morbidity, mortality – and costs. Public finance initiatives to build new hospitals resulted in long-term debts and fewer beds. Targets caused distortion of clinical priorities: treating a hundred extra varicose veins within five weeks was more politically expedient than 10 urgent joint replacements.
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Like this page on Facebook for updates
Tuesday 21 June 2011
The International Policy Network, once the most persuasive and active think tanks campaigning against climate change science, has disbanded in the UK after what appears to be a split between its leading members.
Friday 27 May 2011
Germany's cartel office has warned big oil companies including Shell and BP over charging drivers too much for petrol. Five oil majors – BP's Aral, Exxon Mobil's Esso, ConocoPhillips' Jet, Royal Dutch Shell and Total – control just over 65 per cent of the German filling station market, the Federal Cartel Office said.
Sunday 22 May 2011
Thursday 19 May 2011
Reheated bid chatter, plus a recommendation that investors should take advantage of its recent weakness, helped BG Group rise up the top-tier index last night. The gas explorer advanced 41p to 1,373p as vague speculation spread late in the session that it could be in line for an approach.
Wednesday 18 May 2011
BP's much-trumpeted Arctic exploration venture collapsed yesterday after the oil major failed to strike a compromise between its existing Russian partners and the state oil giant Rosneft. The company now faces the prospect of being left out as Rosneft looks to other potential partners.
Friday 29 April 2011
Tuesday 19 April 2011
Thursday 24 March 2011
On 24 March 1989 an Exxon Valdez oil tanker struck reef of the coast of Alaska, spilling around 750,000 barrels of oil.
Tuesday 01 March 2011
The discovery of more than 80 dead dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico is raising fresh concerns about the effect on sea life from last year's massive BP oil spill.
Tuesday 01 February 2011
Tuesday 01 February 2011
The ongoing political uncertainty in Egypt continued to worry investors yesterday, with travel groups the latest to be knocked back.
Monday 17 January 2011
In downton abbey, a wealthy American heiress rides to the rescue of a British estate's hard-up owners. Now rich viewers in the US are being invited to buy their way on to the credits of the popular ITV series, in an attempt to fill the funding gap for quality British television drama.
Thursday 06 January 2011
Has the online bookmaker Betfair shelled out for an expensive online-marketing strategy from some whacky agency? Its Twitter page is bizarre and appears to begenuine, judging by the expensive display advertising that accompanies its tweets. None of these is related to Betfair's trading activities and almost all are idiosyncratic to say the least. The latest Betfair tweet – "I look to the skies. Another eagle will be here soon" – is a prime example. What on earth is going on?
Tuesday 04 January 2011
Fresh speculation linking BP to an opportunistic takeover bid from rival Royal Dutch Shell sparked a surge in shares at the beleaguered firm today.
- 2 'Sickening, deluded and unforgivable': Horrific attack brings terror to London’s streets
- 4 Woolwich murder: They killed, then they performed - these men should be starved of our attention
- 5 Woolwich attack: The EDL will seek to exploit this evil crime for their own evil ends
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Get the latest on The Evening Standard's campaign to get London's children reading.
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.