Taking Responsibility...

In recent months we have seen politicians take no responsibility for their own actions. Political point scoring seems more important than patients in Whitehall.

This has been played out in a very high profile way in the media. We have had the ludicrous situation of a Secretary of State blaming hospitals for 'coasting' because they focussed on targets - targets imposed by that very same Secretary of State; what a shocking set of double standards.

Nurses have been blamed for scandals that were due to senior management and political indifference. Managers in difficult spots get moved on and promoted with higher salaries - something all NHS staff know occurs in the mad management world of the NHS.

The latest group of professionals to be blamed are GPs whom Jeremy Hunt seems to want to criticise in his every waking hour. Hardly ever do we hear of the fantastic stories of the superb NHS care occurring in all parts of country in circumstances of financial penury and extreme managerial pressures. Mr Hunt blamed GPs for a crisis in A&E of his very own making - lack of investment in A&E staff, a disastrous implementation of the 111 service and constantly ignoring warnings from the professionals working on the shop floor.

I have written an article for the Pulse magazine which highlights some of these issues. It asks Mr Hunt to take a long hard look at himself to see where the problems in the NHS lie.

I live in hope that politicians will take some responsibility for their own actions....


  1. Excellent blog, David. You are informative and courageous. I have shared it on Facebook.


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