Tuesday, 2 February 2016

A new Nadir

I thought that I would retire gracefully, and leave it to others to comment on all things medical. I have maintained this self-induced purdah through thick and thin over the last year, and resisted any temptation to comment on matters medical.

One thing has changed my mind, and that is the wondrous incompetence of our current Secretary of State for Health, a certain Mr Jeremy Hunt MP.

Jeremy is a man who takes no advice from anyone medical, for he clearly knows best what to do. You won't need GPs in 20 years time, all you need is a computer and an algorithm to diagnose anything. His tame puppets, like the ghastly Sophie Borland of the Daily Mail (see blogs passim) or Sarah Baxter in the Sunday Times (who sees no need for GPs) dutifully spout his line.

Jeremy thinks we should google skin rashes to make a diagnosis. He thinks this is feasible. This from a man who thinks the privatised NHS 111 is 'successful', and not a disaster as we all predicted - especially as it is run by Care UK (a private firm who gave Mr Hunt's predecessor £29,000 for his private office).

Have you ever seen the rash of meningococcal septicaemia, Mr Hunt? Do you know its significance?

Oh Dear.

I used to think that Patricia Hewitt was the worst Secretary of State for Health: and she was awful. But at least she didn't jeopardise people's health.

Jeremy Hunt - a new nadir.


Cockroach Catcher said...

Been waiting a long time. So few of us left. Simon Stevens and his team of beautiful leaders go on as if they are on a different planet. Many have gone over to the Dark Side. High hopes of Dalton but just another Williams. Frimley Park if not Virgin will take over everybody. Tax will go sky high to pay for PFI.

GrumpyRN said...

Welcome back JD.

Doctor Zorro said...

You're back! Where's you been?

Anonymous said...

Hunt isn't incompetent. He knows exactly what he is doing in implementing the final stages of the ultimate Tory fantasy to destroy the NHS. If he is replaced it will be a new face but the same old policies.

Healthy said...

I've always wondered at parliamentary systems, where ministers know nothing about the areas they are responsible for.