Saturday, April 25, 2009

Raffarin vs. Bachelot

Jean-Pierre Raffarin says that the proposed Bachelot Law on hospital reform is "too confused" and that the Senate will modify it. One of his complaints is that the hospital governance model is unsatisfactory: "A hospital director cannot be viewed as a CEO. Responsibilities must be balanced between administration and medecine in running a hospital." An interesting thought. So one wonders why Raffarin doesn't apply it as well to the universities, where responsibilities ought to be balanced between administration and faculty. Yet the Sarkozy reform has run into trouble on just that point: too much power going to university presidents, too little to faculty and departments.

One begins to see a pattern here: hyperpresident at the top, hypopresidents everywhere else, but in each institution a single point of control.