SIR DAVID NICHOLSON BLAMES THE PRESS AND PUBLIC OVER THE NHS SCANDALS – As Sir David Nicholson prepares to leave the NHS he couldn’t resist blaming the press and the public for overacting on the scandals of the NHS; whilst under his leadership.
Nicholson is due to leave the NHS next year and I suspect the public, and many within the NHS, will be celebrating the fact that his incompetence and contempt will no longer blight the NHS.
Nicholson feels that its mainly the fault of the press and the public for blowing the numerous scandals out of proportion which further cements the public’s belief that he is not in the least bit concerned over 1,200 people lost their lives dues to his incompetence.
According to Nicholson the Mid-Staffordshire scandal was a ‘small minority’ of victims compared to the overall number that are treated each year through the NHS. I wonder if the victims’ families feel the same way.
We certainly have a love affair with the NHS and despite what Nicholson has done it remains a national treasure to most of us. The NHS, or at least its ethos, is an excellent public service and the doctors and nurses on the whole do an outstanding job; it’s just a shame that it is run by people like Nicholson who simply have no compassion, little understanding of management and fails to show the slightest remorse for what his actions caused.
Of course the buck doesn’t stop at Nicholson. The Prime Minister, David Cameron, had the power to take action but instead of listening to public opinion, which called for Nicholson’s resignation along with a criminal investigation, Cameron decided to support Nicholson’s tenure and even publicly said that Sir David was doing a great job.
All I can say to Cameron’s statement is that their can’t be any windows within the Ivory Tower in which he rules from. Anyone with the slightest atom of compassion and sensibility would have sacked Nicholson on the spot.
Some MPs, including Tory MP Charlotte Leslie, are able to see through the outrageous set of circumstances and indeed Charlotte told the press that Nicholson’s remarks were nothing but ‘belittling’ to the victims and their families and that Nicholson should have stepped down.
The likes of Nicholson really do highlight the problems that we have in the UK. The public often feel as if our politicians and civil servants are dismissive and patronising of our needs and this is to be expected when you look at how David Cameron treats public opinion.
We desperately need a change of attitude but that won’t come from the likes of Cameron or Nicholson who obviously feel that the public are inconsequential to their ideology.
With the recent uncovering of the failings of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) it again clearly shows how the whole system of control and oversight is failing the taxpayer and while the country suffers under Cameron’s austerity measures the taxpayer is forced to fork out vast salaries for the likes of Nicholson and other chiefs who are equally nonchalant and incompetent.
I for one will be having a very large brandy the day that Nicholson finally walks out of the NHS; of course the celebration will be somewhat marred knowing that this despicable individual will still be paid a very comfortable pension at the expense of the taxpayer.
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