Monday, 18 February 2013

And still the criminals walk free

In terms of the government and police response to the horse meat scandal it seems that all acted with the requisite alacrity. Within days of the story breaking, plod were breaking down doors and questioning arrested suspects. The minister, Owen Paterson, displayed clear-sighted leadership that drew approval even from Christopher Booker. Supermarket shelves were cleared of products containing horse meat within days. The evidence has been made public and the responsibility established to a high degree of probability that awaits only criminal trials to test. And not one single person has ever died from eating horse meat. 

Contrast, if you will, with the far more significant Mid Staffs NHS failure that cost the lives of over a thousand people and not one of those on whose watch the deaths happened have even been arrested. Not Dr Helen Moss, the Director of Nursing, deaf to pleas of junior nurses, acquitted by her peers. Not Martin Yeates, the Chief Executive, who left with a £400k goodbye. Not Sir David Nicholson, who ran West Midlands SHA, who has been promoted and now runs the entire NHS. And not Cynthia Bower, also head of the SHA, who beyond belief until last year ran the Care Quality Commission.

The Telegraph suggests this morning that the local police and senior CPS lawyers are looking again at the evidence. It also emerges that successive Labour Health Secretaries were complicit in ignoring the issue, no criticism of the sacrosanct NHS being permitted in that Party. Maybe something will happen. But not, I fear, with the speed at which the authorities have demonstrated they can act when prodded. 

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

More haste less speed. Let those that are doing the necessary ensure that no stone remains unturned so that finally in due time those who should pay for these crimes do so.

right_writes said...

But it has to be said that even if the authorities acted with speed over the horsemeat thing, they are spectacularly missing the target...

...Unless that is intentional?

Weekend Yachtsman said...

Perhaps the internal management of the NHS should be made an exclusive EU competence?

DeeDee99 said...

The NHS is the most sacred of all the Socialist Sacred Cows.

There isn't an MP in the land who will challenge the right of its senior employees to kill thousands of patients and still retain their lucrative employment packages.

David Nicholson should have been given an ultimatum - resign or be sacked. But it will never happen.

And PC Plod .... all he has to say is 'move along, nothing to see here.' He has some speeding motorists to prosecute.

DeeDee99 said...

The NHS is the most sacred of all the Socialist Sacred Cows.

There isn't an MP in the land who will challenge the right of its senior employees to kill thousands of patients and still retain their lucrative employment packages.

David Nicholson should have been given an ultimatum - resign or be sacked. But it will never happen.

And PC Plod .... all he has to say is 'move along, nothing to see here.' He has some speeding motorists to prosecute.

G. Tingey said...

DD999
Half-right & half totally wrong!

Nothing wrong with the idea of the NHS - where it has fallen down is what is called (part of) the "managerial Fallacy" - that anyone can "manage" anything, without ANY competence in the fild being managed - that "management" is an entirely SEPARATE skill from actually doing the job.

What is very obvious is the (now hopefully failed) attempt by NLHT to perscute & bankrupt the whistleblower, Gary Walker ... now being decried & protested over by both the Health minister & Dorrell - both of whom were quite happy with this disgraceful situation for the several previous YEARS (As Private Eye has long been pointing out)

Of course, the Health Authority people who threatened Walker won't be sacked, will they?
Of course not .....

nisakiman said...

"...Mid Staffs NHS failure that cost the lives of over a thousand people..."

As an aside, I wonder how many of those deaths will find their way into the "smoking related" stats to further enhance the funding for the tobacco control zealots.

If the NHS spent a fraction of their 'smoking cessation' budget on sorting out the shambles that is the hospital system today, many of those deaths could have been avoided. As it is, huge sums of money are spent targeting the theoretical toll from smoking.

Somewhere down the line priorities have become lethally confused...

Blue Eyes said...

Actually making health a single market might be a great idea!

I would like to buy my insurance from the French system. Thanks.

Freemasonary, Pah! said...

It's as if all those conected with the Mid Staffs outrage shared a Common Purpose...

Anonymous said...

What about the quarter of a million babies the NHS slaughters each year?


Patients dying of Methicillin resistant strains - the doctors covered that up, clostridium difficile - a bloody awful thing, it kills weakened human beings.

The "Liverpool pathway" - euthanasia is here and the state sanctions it - Mid Staffs will be swept under the carpet.


NHS, like Belsen - it is a large death camp.

James Higham said...

Not to mention Mary Coyle.

Anonymous said...

DeeDee99 makes light of the "PC Plod...move along, etc" but thanks to those self-righteous twonks who keep voting for an ineptocracy, any initiative that 'Plod' had has been knocked out of them by successive governments. They no longer decide who to charge or for what offence. They are now a mere reporting organisation for the CPS (Criminal Protection Society/Couldn't Prosecute Satan/Cretins Promote Subhumans) who make the decisions but whne it all falls down, blame the Police - look at the recent furore (by CPS) over their continual demands for a statement from a dog(!) despite being told it was a dog, and when some 'Plods' made a joke of it, initiated formal complaints which will now have to be heard by Force Disciplinary Branches. 'Plod' is the public face of a series of legal farces who take the flak but rarely the credit.

G. Tingey said...

Blue Eyes
One problem the French NHS syatem costs twice as much as ours, per head.

Anon @ 10.45
I think you are either deluded or lying, hopefully the former ...
Where, precisely are these 250 000 babies killed by the NHS every year?
And if you answer is "abortions" then you can FUCK RIGHT OFF, because at least twice or three times that number of natural abortions occur every year - inconvenient fact, that, isn't it?
I see more lying scares about the Liverpoolthway are being flapped about.
So, you are obviously a front for the evil Cardinal Ratpoison.....
Comparing the NHS to Belsen only too clearly shows the depth of your derangement, oh so-brave "anonymous".

Blue Eyes said...

G. Tingey

Thanks for the info. You wouldn't have to cough up for the French system if you didn't want. That is the idea of "choice" in a "market".

Weekend Yachtsman said...

"One problem the French NHS syatem costs twice as much as ours, per head."

I'd kinda like to see some references for this, GT.

fnord said...

Perhaps if one of the Great and Good had died under the tender care of NHS the uproar might lead to a different outcome. As for horsemeat, well, faculty politics are so vicious because the stakes are so small.