Flu in Ireland-Update

January 28, 2011

Update from Dr John Gallagher of Employment Health Advisers (EHA):
During the last week it was reassuring to see that all indicators of influenza activity decreased across Ireland. It does appear at this stage that influenza activity has peaked for the 2010/2011 influenza season and is now declining. The sentinel GP influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rates decreased in all age groups, with the exception of 5-14 year olds. Influenza A (H1N1 2009) remains the predominant circulating influenza type in Ireland.. The proportion of influenza B circulating has also increased in week 3. The number of hospitalised cases of influenza decreased in week 3 2011.

The importance of accountability

January 18, 2011

Management systems are important in that they create accountability. Process owners are responsible for managing their own areas. Tasks are generated and they need to be actioned. One thing is certain, if the process of accountability is not part of the manageemt system, then nothing will get done. I came across this story a few years ago and I thought it was worth sharing:

The story about 4 people- Everybody, Somebody, Anybody & Nobody

There was an important job to be done. Everybody was asked to do it. Anybody could have done it but Nobody did. Everybody thought that Anybody could do it but Nobody realised that Everybody wouldn’t do it. In the end Everybody blamed Somebody. Actually Nobody blamed Anybody but Everybody knew that Somebody was to blame.

That is why Objectives and Plans form a fundamental part fo the continual improvement process in any organisation. It is also why the Corrective and Preventive Action process is also incomplete without full accountability being doucmented.



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