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Nanny Hewitt
Posted Monday, 11 June 2007 at 10:21

Please note the Blog below was originally posted on the Cornerstone group website, where I was the guest blogger last week.

I once had a meeting with Nanny Hewitt in her office. I was early. Her PPS probably wishes I hadn’t been. The office wasn’t very big, but did contain a sofa, which was adorned with a duvet and pillows. The sofa was in fact, an Emin-esque unmade bed.

When Nanny Hewitt arrived for the meeting, she sat and ate a packet of sandwiches as she talked, literally. You would think all good nannies would know not to talk with their mouth full wouldn’t you?

She was obviously overstressed and overworked.

It takes some effort to bring about the almost complete collapse of the NHS. Making 17,000 redundancies, ensuring there are no jobs for junior doctors, extending waiting lists, emptying the bank accounts of all the PCTs, cancelling operations, closing down new hospitals – just as they are about to open the doors. This is a lot for one woman to do; she obviously doesn’t have time for sleep.

Another thing a nanny will do is always make you say sorry when you are in the wrong.

Patricia Hewitt must go down in history as the worst Secretary of State for the NHS. It isn’t just what she has done to the NHS, what makes it so much worse is that voice.

It’s the combination of the voice, the actions, the inability to appear anything other than android, and to come across as probably the most uncaring woman on the planet, that has made her job so untenable.If she just said a little sorry, like nanny would make you do, or just showed a little human womanly kindness, she would be in an entirely different position. After all, we can all forgive someone who makes mistakes, to err is human – and there of course is the point.

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Mike H said:
Responded: Monday, 11 June 2007
Clarification request regarding the new comments rule, please Nadine... Does this mean comments submitted out of hours will go into a queue for later acceptance or deletion, or will ALL comments submitted out of hours just go into oblivion?
Nadine said:
Responded: Monday, 11 June 2007
All comments will be posted Mike, they will just have to be read and checked first. The office is quite often manned until past 11pm - so it's not really that bad!Keep yours coming though wont you!
Mike H said:
Responded: Monday, 11 June 2007
That's good - I didn't see it as a problem at all, Nadine. I just wanted to be clear that even if a comment is submitted when the office is shut, it will just sit in a queue until someone can review it. I'm not at all surprised that you've decided to take this approach. If anything I'm amazed that you've continued to be the 24x7 comment moderator for so long - on top of everything else that you have to do.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 11 June 2007
I get the impression that you're not keen on our Pat. She reminds me more of Blanche on the Street than a nanny. Same fascial features, same superior know-it-all trait. Guess she's not on your Christmas List then!
Nadine said:
Responded: Tuesday, 12 June 2007
Thanks Mike!
Mike H said:
Responded: Tuesday, 12 June 2007
My pleasure ma'am, but thanks for what? ...Unless it's a reference to the 'ask questions' thing on CH? Need any more? :-)
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