Saturday, 23 February 2013


Got my copy of ‘Private Eye’ this week on a cold day which had forced the spring flowers to go back into hiding. “M.D.”, their tame medical correspondant has done a three page review of the Francis enquiry into the Mid-Staffs NHS trust scandal plus some of the background. It’s good stuff; not that I agree with it all nor do we have the same political outlook.

There’s an anger I recognise and share together with the frustration of watching a giant tanker ship, frantically turning the wheel (full a port cap’n it is), putting the engine into reverse and throwing down a sea anchor while the harbour wall gets closer and closer. Should have changed direction about 10 years ago.

It’s an important article and I’ll do a full review of it after the magazine is off the shelves. You should buy it and then disagree where appropriate.

The thing is, whatever has changed since 1947, the people want the same from the NHS today as they did then (mostly) and the staff are just as full of idealism about what they do (mostly). There isn’t anything about it that can’t be fixed if we want to fix it.

Neil Harris

(a don’t stop till you drop production)

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