I am astonished at the support that The Political Class is handing to Sir David Nicholson , The Chief Executive of the NHS, who presided over policies which appear to have led to the premature death of thousands of patients. Yesterday he appeared before a Health Select committee at the House of Commons who, with a couple of exceptions, were largely toothless.
One again our parliamentarians proved themsemves pretty much useless when attempting to pin down a rogue administrator. I get the impression that some of them simply had not done their homework. They had little fact to throw at him and he was allowed to deny, fail to remember and obfuscate to his heart's content.
Something is very wrong here. I get the feeling that if the politicians dismiss this man and they should, then a huge can of worms will be revealed which will involve so many more people. The NHS is massive. Parts of it still work really well but under this man an unhealthy culture of neglect, pay-offs and corruption were in evidence.
Yesterday he had remarkable lapses of memory which sometimes made me wonder how he got the job in the first place. I'm afraid that, once again, the public are probably facing a scandal which is so large it has the prints of the EU all over it.
There is little doubt in my mind that we are facing a huge cancer involving so many of our leading politicians who are serving someone other than the British public. It did nor surprise me in the slightest that four former Labour Health Secretaries, Milburn, Johnson, Hewitt and Burnham have come out in support of him. Clearly they have lost all sense of reality bearing in mind the number of deaths due to neglect that have come to light.
I shake my head and reiterate thank goodness that we still have Julie Bailey and her associates who still remind us that there is a human face behind this issue. People died unnecessarily and somebody was responsible! Apologies are not enough!