"There is no excuse for what happened at this particular trust."
This is because our political leaders want to see all the blame dished out locally, if any corporate manslaughter charges are brought then central government will try to pin these charges locally. It typifies the central control and local blame culture of New Labour. I just have a few questions for those in power who have presided over the NHS for the last ten years.
- Who was enforcing the artificial financial deficits upon Trusts like Tunbridge Wells which meant they had to prioritise money over clinical safety?
- Who has privatised NHS cleaning, resulting in a minimalist shoddy cleaning service??
- Who has been centrally prioritising central targets over good standards in clinical care??
- Whose targets have resulted in the patient merry-go-round that means infections are easily spread, rather then being contained??
- Who has been privatising the NHS with PFI schemes that have resulted in a large decrease in the number of acute beds in the UK, meaning that infectious patients cannot be isolated??
- Who has devalued proper old fashioned nursing as a career, meaning that wards are now routinely short staffed of proper nurses to do basic nursing tasks??
- Who has reformed nursing, moving lots of good nurses from proper nursing into management and doctoring roles for which they are largely ill suited??
- Who is running the NHS at virtually 100% bed occupancy rates which means that the isolation of infectious patients is not possible??
The answer is rather obvious Mr Johnson. Your party has been in charge of this completely incompetent management of the NHS that values political propaganda gathering over patients' lives. For some reason I cannot see you kind learning their lessons, the blame will be deposited locally; while the same central diktats are held in place, thus virtually guaranteeing that this kind of tragic disaster will happen again.