The UK Government’s Procurement Service has extended its ‘Assistive Technologies – Telecare, Telehealth and Telecoaching’ framework agreement for a year until 5 August 2013.
Why? Who did they consult on the pros and cons of extending it?
Let me (ed. Steve) pause a moment to pick apart the introduction to the framework on its web page, which is so mindlessly written it undermines the credibility of the Procurement Service: “The Assistive Technologies framework provides a quick and effective means of purchasing products and services for the monitoring and care of elderly and vulnerable residents within their own homes, with the aim of improving patients’ lifestyle and reducing the need for routine GP and hospital visits.” This shows they know nothing of what they speak…
The Assistive Technologies [inappropriate term]
framework provides a quick [i.e. potentially sloppy]
and effective [by what standards? What about new products and companies that have come into the market since it was first set up? What about the persistent rumours that some of the companies lied about their track record and capabilities in their framework applications?]
means of purchasing products and services for the monitoring and care of elderly [inappropriate term excludes disabled people of all ages]
and vulnerable [inappropriately unqualified term: vulnerable to what?]
residents within their own homes [inappropriate constriction of the range of interest]
with the aim of improving patients [many people who benefit from telecare, for example, are not patients]
lifestyle and reducing the need for routine GP and hospital visits [further inappropriate health focus]
At a time when the 3ML campaign wishes to move the market forward, fossilising it through the framework surely does not help.