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And there’s more…..Junior Dr’s
Posted Thursday, 26 April 2007 at 11:04

As though they hadn’t messed up enough...


I am just going to say this as it is, because, frankly, it is so unbelievable. It is such a display of incompetence, arrogance, and, mismanagement that I simply don’t understand how Patricia Hewitt can get out of bed in the morning and turn up for work. It must take some cheek.


But hang on, is she turning up? If we hadn’t called for the debate on junior Dr’s training and used our Opposition Day on the subject, just when would we have seen any of the health front bench team again? It is obvious that the government has been keeping Patricia Hewitt out of the spotlight for some time. It was Andrew Lansley’s motion which forced her out. Parliamentary protocol demands that she had to leave her dark cave, stand in the spotlight, grip the dispatch box and be accountable, with the rest of the sycophants sat around her.


Yesterday, the government computer system, MATS, displayed all the personal details of junior doctors in the public domain for the entire world to see.


Channel 4 news has it covered on their home page, but apparently Patricia Hewitt won’t be interviewed.


I gave an interview for ‘Week in Westminster’ yesterday, to be broadcast this coming Saturday at 11am on BBC Radio 4. I think they were struggling to get a backbencher to come into the studio, and then, they finally got John Mann MP. He said that the solution for ten years of incompetent mismanagement of the NHS was for the health front bench team to attend a training course at Henley Management College. Excuse me? Did I hear that right?


He walked into the studio and sat down. I was already there. I had bent over backwards to fit in with his time demands, he was late. He refused to make eye contact or small talk with either myself or the presenter and then said “I have to go, can we get on with it”, and proceeded to lash forth with five minutes of Fleet Street Union’s, management college, it’s not our fault let’s talk about the last 50 years drivel.


I kept trying to interrupt, and the presenter kept stopping me. She looked quite amazed and let him carry on. Maybe she was giving him enough rope to hang himself on? I feel quite bad and think I may not have been able to do enough to help the Dr’s put their case over because as soon as he had finished ranting he stood up and walked out.


Zero charm, zero personality, zero accountability, zero manners.


The person who surprises me most in all of this, in terms of how MPs behave, is Mary Creagh MP for Wakefield.


Mary and I became MPs on the same day. I was a sponsor for her Ten Minute Rule Bill. I had her down as a person of integrity, and although we are both on the opposite sides of a political divide, she was someone I thought could be relied upon to do the right thing.


She is Dr Mary Creagh, an academic and PPS to Andy Burnham, a health Minister for delivery & quality. She sat behind Patricia Hewitt and the Black Widow (as described by the Labour MPs) Caroline Flint during the debate. I have watched Mary long enough to know that she was uncomfortable. Her face was drained of colour and set. When the public gallery erupted into applause she looked sick.


Resign Mary, do yourself a favour. You are better than that and have more about you than any of the people you were sat with. This is the point in your career when you have to make this decision:  am I in this for the glory, or the people? Only you know the answer to that.

Anonymous said:
Responded: Thursday, 26 April 2007
Brilliant Nadine. Bloody brilliant!
Dave said:
Responded: Thursday, 26 April 2007
Whilst looking up on the internet for events that happened in the year of birth of a certain Lady who shall remain nameless Nadine, I came across a piece entitled: BBC Fools the Nation 1957. It was of course about Panarama and the infamous spagetti tree. I was going to say that 50 years on, it is the Labour Government that Fools the Nation, but I think we have reached the stage where we are all now wise to it,and this government can only be fooling itself. The shame is that everyone from a serviceman to a junior doctor is now suffering because of its incompetence.
Sweeper said:
Responded: Thursday, 26 April 2007
Sod waiting for the next General Election, I reckon us peasants ( and you plebs) should start revolting now.Get your exhaust fixed Nadine cos we'll need your vehicle to storm Westminster. shouldn't be too hard, what with all our services away fighting pointless wars, the police too busy doing paperwork, Blair packing his bags, Prescott probably playing with his balls (croquet of course)Brown redesigning No.10. We'll have you crowned by dinnertime Nadine. One question though, can it hold 4 or 5 people?
Katie said:
Responded: Thursday, 26 April 2007
I'm up for that one Sweeper as long as we can be back for 5. Got to be a bloodless one,given the state of the NHS. Shall I bring sandwiches or shall we grab a Big Mac? Oh what shall I wear? I've never done a revolution before. I'll bring an umbrella in case it's raining.
HotGingerFan said:
Responded: Thursday, 26 April 2007
for further background you may wish to check out the excellent 'dr crippen' blog [almost as excellent as yours, nadine..!] which also has the aforementioned Andy Burnham on a video produced by the Labour party. I will not give away the surprise of how the good dr describes it - i shall allow you to discover that little jewel for yourself.. Please publicise this blog as widely as possible. Also Boris Johnson's article in today's Telegraph picks up a very important issue which Ellee Seymour mentioned on her blog a week or two ago.
Mike said:
Responded: Thursday, 26 April 2007
Do you mind if we organise a revolution via your site Nadine? I could get a week off work in May.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Thursday, 26 April 2007
I assume Nadine has a pass to get us in through the gates. katie, not sure you will need that umerella, we might need you to make the tea though and read the map!
Nadine said:
Responded: Thursday, 26 April 2007
Dave, you are becoming obsessed again - you know what happened last time you did this, Stop it!!! We are going slightly off the subject everyone. Planning a revolution is very worthwhile, however, lets keep to the junior Dr's fiasco for today.
Matt said:
Responded: Thursday, 26 April 2007
Dave, mate, what did she do to you?
DrJohn said:
Responded: Thursday, 26 April 2007
If things get much worse it will be we Drs storming Westminster. The days are counting down until junior doctors hold mass countrywide celebrations on the day Hewitt leaves, office.
New Admirer said:
Responded: Thursday, 26 April 2007
'The NHS is probably the fairest health service in the world- it's part of what makes us all proud to be British' as stated by Hewitt on her No.10 webchat.Reminds me of "mirror, mirror on the wall.Who is the fairest of them all?" Wasn't that another Grimm fairy tale? It also mentions that 70% of all the Physiotherapists who qualified this year, have no job to go to. But that's all right, Patricia is arranging jobs, for a few of you, councils with discharged patients.She obviously hadn't thought of the VSO angle at that time. However, getting back to that mirror, "mirror,mirror on the wall, who's the most gorgeous, sexy, blonde Conservative MP of all?" "Bor.i...Nadine,Nadine of course..."
Dv said:
Responded: Thursday, 26 April 2007
I can't remember what happened. It was that good. I am not obsessed, can't help it if a lot happened in 1957. Any way there's only 20 something days to go.But if the lady commands,I will stop
Jimmy said:
Responded: Thursday, 26 April 2007
Are we going off the subject? Haven't they messed up enough? Perhaps with the apathy of voters and lack of those standing for election a revolution could be a good alternative to consider, even jokingly?
Jane said:
Responded: Thursday, 26 April 2007
Don't go all Matron on us Nadine. We all know the subject is very important but some lightheartedness should be allowed.
Angry Student said:
Responded: Thursday, 26 April 2007
Just been on Pat Hewitt's website to give her my opinion. Interestingly, the pages for press releases and national news and forthcoming surgery dates state they are currently suspended. Oh, I hope so much this is a good omen.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Thursday, 26 April 2007
Latest on Channel4 news: MTAS website suspended after further breaches. It is also reporting breach on Connecting for Health NHS website. Lord Hunt is apologising. Anyone seen Pat?
Anonymous said:
Responded: Thursday, 26 April 2007
Angry student - no such luck. It has been reported in the Guardian that if any member of the public is not allowed to discuss the Health Service with her EVEN IF one is her constituent and one has a personal problem with the NHS. Scandalous.
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