She is visiting the Walsgrave Hospital tomorrow. This hospital has a special place in my history as I was born there though the hospital buildings that I was born in are no longer there, having been replaced by a brand new shiny Private finance initiative hospital.
She is going to be shown a ward that bears no relation to the real world and will then continue her labour newspeak/spin and declare that the NHS is going from strength to strength
What a load of rubbish.
Already I hear that in Chelmsford they are paying four people from outside the hospital £900 pounds a day each to sort out the financial mess that the hospital is in. They have already sacked half the secretaries such that 1200 dictated letters and notes have built up and there is a risk of an avalanche in some offices with notes piled high to the ceiling. They have increased car parking charges by 500% and got rid of support staff such that my friend an anaesthetist has to do all the drawing up of medications, mopping the floor, and cleaning the machines and is regularly at work until 7 or 8pm at night.
MTAS is a smokescreen to reduce medical staffing in the NHS. Already Patsy has wasted over 2 billion pounds worth of public money by not making sure that there are enough jobs for the doctors who are coming out of medical school, and these doctors are not in the position I was in when I left medical school with £30 in my bank account and no debt; oh no some of them have debts in excess of £20000 pounds.
I wrote of a medical school classmate who died yesterday, do we need more deaths to show the public or the government that what they are doing to us is vile?
I was chatting to an ex boss of mine on Tuesday before I heard the news and she said to me Its always good to have an exit strategy, its a lifesaver.
Poor David couldn't see an exit strategy apart from taking his own life, and I weep with many others that a talented bright and friendly soul has been lost prematurely from this world.
I call for the resignation of Patsy Hewitt with immediate effect.
It is time to write to your MP and ask them to table a motion calling for a vote of no confidence in the health minister.