Question)How the directors of Paramount healthcare can improve efficiency, productivity and quality in their organisation?

Essay by HygenusUniversity, Bachelor'sB, March 2004

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Assignment 1

My aim for this assignment is to provide useful advice as to how the directors of Paramount healthcare can improve efficiency, productivity and quality in their organisation. The management syndicate which owns Paramount wish to establish them as an independent, quality healthcare service. Their first target is to achieve the ISO9003 standard within the next twelve months. Unfortunately Paramount suffers from a great number of problems, and in order to achieve their stated goal they will have to address these issues immediately or they will fail to accomplish their aim.

The majority of Paramount's problems stem from the treatment of their workforce. While this is not entirely Paramount's fault (having inherited a legacy of bad employee / employer relations from Polaris), it is my belief that if the management can effectively address this issue then they will have a good chance of achieving their goal.

The main problems facing Paramount are:

A high staff turnover

Staff unrest

A high rate of post operation complaints

Flexibility confusion

Bureaucratic Dysfunction

Over tasking

Loss of Performance / Controls

Background work not being done

High ratio of patient to complaints

Increase in staff workload

Judicious use of non standard contracts

Paramount's high staff turnover is one of its biggest problems, and many of its other troubles occur as a direct consequence of this.

High turnover rates mean that the hospital may end up replacing practically its entire direct service workforce each year. It may also adversely affect the quality of care provided to individuals served by the hospital. When one takes into account the cost of recruiting, screening, and training replacement workers, it becomes clear that this is almost certainly one of the reasons why hospital wages haven't been increased in the last four years. I believe that a major source of...