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I’ve talked PLENTY about the killing fields of the NHS. Interesting to read this aspect however;

A former Labour Cabinet Minister broke ranks last night and disowned Tony Blair’s government for the ‘reckless’ NHS shake-up blamed for the Mid-Staffordshire hospitals scandal.

Frank Dobson, Health Secretary from 1997-99, said he warned Mr Blair that a ‘mad rush’ to bring in more competition and targets in hospitals could harm patients. But Mr Blair ignored him and gave his Cabinet job to a crony who agreed to force through the changes. Mr Dobson said ‘I told Blair that reckless changes could undermine patient care, but he didn’t want to listen.’ Mr Dobson criticised two of his Blairite successors as Health Secretary – Alan Milburn and Patricia Hewitt. He said: ‘They became obsessed with wanting to break up the NHS into individual units. ‘I made my views known to them but was ignored. They preferred to take the advice of management consultants to medical consultants. ‘Huge sums were diverted  away from nurses, doctors and patients to lawyers, accountants and PR men.’

Nice try, Frank, but no cigar. The CRUELTY that characterised Mid Staffs was driven by uncaring health staff, the alleged “angels” of the nursing profession. They were not denied £££ … they simply denied patients the care that was so desperately needed. Trying to shift culpability to “target driven” changes is simply diversionary. There is something ROTTEN in our health service and Dobson was part of it!

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  1. all mendacious oafs the lot of them

    Hey, it’s lucky that UKIP never tells lies. Like its Santa Claus “economic policy” (lower taxes, more spending) for example.

  2. I have a contact on the NHS National committee, a long time medical professional who agrees that not all of the nursing and medical staff are ‘angels’, or that they there are some who joined their profession for reasons other than that of humanity. But then, in any profession there are good and bad.

    This has long been known, – didn’t Nye Bevan reply, when asked how he had persauded the RCS to agree to participating in the formation of the NHS, that ‘I stuffed their throats with gold!’, a perhaps not so polite a way of accusing them of being greedy so-and-so’s.

    Some certainly give that impression, but by no means all. The kudos of ‘being in the profession’ perhaps gives some the impression that they are ‘God’s gift to mankind’, to see the admiration and veneration of the nurses who work with surgeons is very real, so perhaps a ‘swollen head’ is excusable.

    It seems that many of our ‘imported doctors’ have somewhat less of the vocational spirit, than one might expect, certainly as displayed by their general attitude to their patients and to the work ethic.

    A point my contact repeatedly makes is the sea-change in the nursing profession that came about with the abolition of the ‘Matron’, he is convinced that these “Florence Nightingales’ were the very essence of managing both the less skilled activities such as bed making etc, and of the teaching the more cerebal tasks.

    He categorically insists that making nursing a more general university degree occupation was another serious mistake, spurred by political dogma rather than any degree of understanding of what nuring was all about.

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