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Patricia, again.
Posted Wednesday, 2 May 2007 at 07:15

Patricia Hewitt made a statement yesterday regarding the security breaches which resulted in junior doctors, from across the country, being able to access one anothers personal details using the MATS computer system.


In the statement, which I didn’t see delivered due to being in the constituency but have since read, she said: “However, there is no evidence that members of the public, apart from ITN/Channel 4 News have in fact accessed personal information on MATS."


Apart from ITN/Channel 4 News?  Phew - talk about close; thank goodness no members of the public had access then.


Er, hello, the world calling Patricia?


It is an unedifying sight is it not? A Minister, in the midst of an imploding government, is completely losing touch with reality.


I am beginning to feel sorry for the Secretary of State for Health. On Thursday evening, Panorama will be screening an undercover programme regarding the crisis unfolding in our maternity wards due to understaffing.


If I am not mistaken, childbirth is still the highest cause of mortality in young women under the age of 35. This is an incredibly serious issue and just one more example of an NHS which is failing and letting down people.


If you are a first time mum, the prospect of giving birth is a very scary one. It’s a journey into the unknown. The high pain factor has something to do with it.


If you are about to enter a situation which you know is going to cause you the most incredibly excrutiating pain, you need to know there are going to be midwives on the ward to sort you out.


A midwife with a mallet would have done for me.


Not enough midwives on the ward to deliver care, and babies, may mean unnecessarily long labours.


This in turn means prolonged pain and suffering which could lead to complications such as tearing, poor bonding and post natal depression. Not to mention an increase in forceps deliveries and the prospect of a higher incidence of PPH (serious bleeding, as in life threatening).


Not enough midwives is bad news for women, babies, and NHS budgets. A good well managed birth means fewer complications and therefore less cost.


Now why is the BBC putting this programme out on the night of the local elections after almost everyone will have been to the polls? Why didn’t they screen last week? I wonder?


In case you hadn’t noticed, Liverpool won last night. It was a long game which went into penalties. I had arranged to meet a friend, neighbour, and, new councillor (due to being unopposed) in the pub afterwards. He is not a football fan. As soon as the match was over I pinged him and we met at the end of the road. He strode towards me, hands thrust deep into his pockets. “Why has a football match taken so ****** long then?” he demanded to know. What could I say, because we needed the time to win!


Because I was rushing, I closed the door behind me and forgot the key.


When it was time to go home I remembered that the back door was open, so my neighbour walked me around to the back of the house where I proceeded to shimmy up and over the fence, in a flash, and landed on my backside in a pot on the other side.


I heard my neighbour utter,,, “you can take the girl out of Liverpool...” as he walked away. Cheek. I was impressive though!!

Anonymous said:
Responded: Wednesday, 2 May 2007
Bedd Gelert said:
Responded: Wednesday, 2 May 2007
Heard Hewitt last night on 'Today In Parliament' and she was absolutely lamentable.. What the transcript will not have told you is the complete absence of any feeling or sincerity with which she delivered the statement, and the laughter and general incredulity from the opposition benches. If ever someone was a living embodiment of the phrase 'promoted to the level of their incompetence' that woman is it.. Keep plugging away, because that way we can ensure she is no longer Health Sec. under the Gordon Brown regime.
Matt said:
Responded: Wednesday, 2 May 2007
You are VERY impressive. That's why we read your blog every day. Did you know that have you down for blog of the year. Nice write up.It was on either yesterday or the day before.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Wednesday, 2 May 2007
Your constant doom and gloom on the NHS wears me down. I work in the service (out of interest, exactly how long agao did you work in the service and for how long?) and am passionate about it. PLEASE resist runing it down. I know it's not perfect but we at least have more staff and funding nowadays!!
Mike H said:
Responded: Wednesday, 2 May 2007
Nadine, you say:- "It is an unedifying sight is it not? A Minister, in the midst of an imploding government, is completely losing touch with reality." Was there ever a time when Patsy was in touch with rality? Perhaps you could quote a date and time?
Nadine said:
Responded: Wednesday, 2 May 2007
Anonymous, I am not knocking the NHS, I am knocking the government and how it runs the NHS.One of the problems with this government is if anyone has anything negative to say about the NHS, you are accused of running the NHS down or knocking it. It's a guilt trip thing, to try and close discussion down. Do we live in a society whereby we are or are not allowed to hold public services to account?Are we allowed to question wether or not we receive value for money and good service delivery? It's not knocking, it's accountability, there's a big difference.
Stuart Fairney said:
Responded: Wednesday, 2 May 2007
Did you hear the public accounts committee talking the the NHS Chief Exec about the £150M overspend on consultants? A PAC member asked how many people had been sacked over the £150M, Answer: None. I can think of no private organisation that would tolerate such gross mismanagement, and therein is the problem. The state was bad at running nationalised car companies and so they privatised them. The state is bad at running nationalised hospitals and so we should privatise them. Come on Nadine, prove to me your a Conservative, advocate the privatisation of the NHS. You cannot seriously claim to be a tory and not want to see the service run properly, and while politicians do it, it will always be inadequate. The tripling in spending in the last 10 years is surely proof of that. Simply saying your lot would run it better under the same basic nationalised framework, (whilst probably true)is wholly inadequate.
Mike H said:
Responded: Wednesday, 2 May 2007
An earlier poster pointed out that Patricia Hewitt is due to appear on Question Time tonight. I thought this government had banned most blood sports? I'll certainly be watching. Maybe the audience will boo her again. Nadine says she is beginning to feel sorry for the Secretary of State. Don't waste your energy or copmpassion Nadine. She isn't worth it and fully deserves what she gets. As someone else has suggested, she has clearly been promoted beyond her level of competence (the 'Peter Principle' if I remember correctly).
IC said:
Responded: Wednesday, 2 May 2007
It's endemic in public services to deny there are any problems, the mantra is lets turn this negative into a postitive and don't rock the boat or you can wave goodbye to your career. It prevails at all levels, dare to question and you are accused of being negative, come up with ludicrous time wasting, money wasting ideas write a paper on them and hey ho you're showing initiative and will go straight to the top. It's shameful. Our public services are in a meltdown, those working in them do a terrifc job under very difficult circumstances and any criticisn is not aimed at them. Yes, I do work in the public sector and my colleagues and I utterly despair.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Thursday, 3 May 2007
Mike H, sadly, the more the crowd 'boo' the safer she is. While that proverbial is still hitting the fan, they will not want to dirty a clean new minister with it. So perversely until things start to calm down a bit on the 'bad news' front at the DoH [great name!] they will not want to change the team..
Knight in Shining Armour said:
Responded: Thursday, 3 May 2007
I'm probably going to have to swim shark infested waters and absail down the side of a burning building to deliver a box of Milk Tray to you on the 21st, and this man could not do the honourable deed and climb over the fence for you? Was he a Labour councillor?
Sweeper said:
Responded: Thursday, 3 May 2007
I'd get Waitrose to deliver the chocs, Mr. Knight, much less hassle. The sea will play havoc with your armour.
Knight in Shining Armour said:
Responded: Thursday, 3 May 2007
Perhaps then Sweeper I'd better stick to slaying dragons.This Patsy seems to be an ideal candidate for the sword.What say ye fair Lady Nadine? ps. I think your fibing about the bott in the pot story, and the Milk Tray are what's left over from Christmas.
Angela (Cornwall) said:
Responded: Thursday, 3 May 2007
My local Hospital Trust is £30 million in debt, it is technically bankrupt.It will have to pay back £45 million over the next 3 years of historic debt. The Health Authority cannot loan it any money as it is unable to pay even the interest instalments.Out of the 27000 job losses in the NHS last year 5800 were nurses and only 2600 managers. They claim this is not affecting patient services? Today I learn that a laptop with all the bank details of the local 5000 NHS workers has gone missing.I've also heard that another £100 million has gone to Iraq on top of the £640 million plus our 'government' has already given.This government should correct its mistakes in this country before the one of Iraq.
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