The health hypocrisy of Jeremy Hunt

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Coalition Health Secretary (and well-known misprint) Jeremy Hunt has admitted ignoring his own advice and taking his children to accident and emergency because he did not want to wait for a GP appointment.

The queue-jumping Conservative has previously – hypocritically – urged the public to avoid A&E in all but the most urgent cases, telling us to go to chemists’ doctors’ surgeries and walk-in centres instead.

In the light of his statement during yesterday’s health questions in the House of Commons, we may conclude that this is in order to clear the way for him and his fat, rich buddies.

It’s not enough for him that he’s selling off NHS contracts to his private-sector shareholder friends just as fast as he can; he wants to push ordinary people – the people who actually pay for the NHS – to the back of the queue.

The NHS is falling further into crisis under his stewardship, with most of the English trusts preparing to record huge deficits at the end of the financial year.

Wasn’t the Health and Social Care Act 2012 supposed to ensure that the NHS stayed on-budget? Why has it made matters worse?

The NHS has delayed publication of its weekly “winter pressures situation reports”, raising fears that people are being denied information about what’s happening on the NHS frontline.

And experts have reported that they believe vulnerable people are having more accidents in the home because of cuts in social care.

The failure of Conservative attempts to manage the National Health Service is complete. Perhaps this is why Tory MPs would prefer healthcare to be entirely privately-run – they would be able to blame someone else.

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6 thoughts on “The health hypocrisy of Jeremy Hunt

  1. NMac

    Ah yes, Jeremy Hunt. He’s the character who, when caught red-handed embezzling expenses claimed the childish excuse that he didn’t understand the rules. He is a liar, thief and a corrupt public servant and, of course, to cap it all, a nasty Tory.

  2. hilary772013

    Mike this is a post from a disgruntled Doctor rebuffing A Mail journalist it is brilliant

    @Doctorchristian Dear Ms Innes,

    I see that you have recently written an article for The Daily Mail with the title, ‘Accountant fights for life after trainee doctor tried to unblock his gullet like a drain and tore a 4cm hole in it’. I also note that you seem to have written a few articles that have been placed under the ‘Health’ section in the same paper. Please correct me if I am wrong, but I would imagine that a journalist writing about ‘Health’ should either have some knowledge of the subject or at least use their investigative skills to research a story thoroughly and educate themselves on the topic.

    Imagine my shock when I found that you had actually discovered a new way to transmit disease – through the gullet (or was it windpipe…..we’ll never know), into the lungs where a virus overtook the chest to cause pneumonia and then miraculously went to the heart. Please can you explain to me how this happened?

    Also, this metal pipe that was rammed down said accountants throat with such force by a trainee doctor – was this a drainpipe? A bagpipe? Or was it actually a rigid endoscope? I find it utterly unbelievable that this article was published.

    On a serious note, you as a journalist have a responsibility to report FACTS! You are making mine and every other doctor/nurse/health professional’s life miserable and much harder. I constantly have to deal with patients who read articles such as yours and are misinformed about their own healthcare and what we do as a profession. We welcome constructive criticism and sometimes, things go wrong because we are all human – however they go wrong a lot more when we have the added pressures of having to convince people that we are good, honest, kind people who don’t just bugger off at 5pm everyday to ‘network’ and ‘play golf’ (two comments left by numerous people who read your article).

    The comment section at the bottom is a perfect example of what you and your fellow Daily Mail journalist friends are doing to the mindset of our Great British public. It is not their fault that they don’t have medical degrees to see through the utter tosh that you publish, far from it. I have been so apoplectic since reading this article that I thought I’d try to publish a comment at the bottom. It never appeared. I then emailed the message board forum. No reply. That is why I’m writing to you.

    I would greatly appreciate a reply, as I am intrigued to know what qualifications you have to make any sort of comment on such a story. I honestly just cannot fathom why somebody who obviously has had some kind of education, would put their name to this nonsense. You are the reason why we battle everyday to convince our patients to undergo life saving treatment. I will leave you with this story.

    A few weeks ago, I was on-call in a busy acute medical unit, on a Sunday, after not having had a day off in 11 days (not swinging a 9 iron). A 43 year old man had been admitted with Paroxysmal AF after collapsing at home (for those of us with no medical background that means a funny heart beat that comes and goes). Now this has lots of implications but the main one is the risk of stroke. He was medically fit to be discharged later that day but would need to go home and probably start taking anticoagulation (blood thinners) and would need a statin as his cholesterol was sky high. You know what he told me, with his wife and two children sitting next to him? ‘Im not taking nothing Doc, I’ve read about all that in the Daily Mail and I don’t trust you lot or the medications you give us, you’re making us worse’. Now we have to counsel people about the risks of this but he was still adamant, so off he went with NOTHING absolutely bugger all. Now he may never have a stroke in his life, he’ll be lucky, but if he does, there is every chance it could have been prevented, and he will be a vegetable for his wife and two young children. I wanted to be angry at him, in fact initially I was, but it’s YOUR fault for peddling lies and propaganda about the NHS and it’s dedicated hardworking staff.

    Regards,

    Dr Jennifer Hughes

    Hope it was okay to post this here Mike ?

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