Currently our finance department seem to be doing their utmost to fuck everything up. There is a total freeze on orders, so they have been refusing to process orders for such essential items as envelopes, printer consumables, blank cd-r media, software licences etc. We have another 2.5 months of this to go yet. How do they expect people to print and send out appointment letters, back up their work, remain legal with software etc? We ordered reflective safety jackets for use in the dark afternoons over the winter, at the going rate they will arrive in time for the summer. Several of my projects have been delayed by months because of them taking anything up to 4 weeks to process an order, and that was before the current freeze when things were meant to be running normally. Expensive kit is sat idle because they haven’t renewed a support contract, or they delayed the order for the necessary software.
I have never in my life come across a more incompetent, unhelpful, and downright obstructive group of people. Although Richard Grainger seems to be running them close with his complete lack of communication over the new LSPs.
And people wonder the NHS is completely screwed up.