How does this man get to remain Secretary of State for Health and Social Care?
Jeremy Hunt has issued a tweet claiming that he is proud of the appalling staff shortages he has created in the National Health Service.
See for yourself (hint: red means bad):
Really clever use of technology at @IpswichHosp to ensure safe staffing levels are maintained throughout the day. Thanks to staff who came for a constructive discussion on safety. pic.twitter.com/MWNRYYj69n
— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) January 18, 2018
See, he wasn’t showing how safe staffing levels were being maintained; he was proving that they aren’t.
Every red box on that rota means at that time of day, on that ward, patients were considered to be at high risk due to understaffing.
On the early shift, only two wards have adequate staff. In contrast, no less than 11 wards have an inadequate number of nurses and are labelled “high risk”.
And everybody realised exactly what it said:
— People's Assembly (@pplsassembly) January 19, 2018
Probably the single biggest own goal by Jeremy Hunt in 5 years. He just posted a graphic showing what a mess he is making of our NHS & boasted about it in the process. https://t.co/81PPCPBtE4
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) January 19, 2018
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) January 19, 2018
Nice chart showing impending doom. How would you feel and what would you do if the safety command console at your local nuclear power plant had that much red flashing up on it? And what if it was like that across all staffing types across all hospitals across the whole country?
— Vishal Dhokia (@Dr_Dokes) January 18, 2018
This is what happens when Tories start tinkering with organisations they simply don’t understand. And it will get worse, unless they are stopped:
Whilst Jeremy Hunt distracts with Trump CAPITAL letters in his tweets & Boris talks of bridges – let us keep our eye on the huge* changes Hunt & Simon Stevens are making to the NHS – *without public consultation.*
This & #NHScrisis is what we need to focus on.
— Dr Lauren Gavaghan (@DancingTheMind) January 19, 2018
So let’s stop them.
You can start by joining the NHS day of action on February 3:
Join Labour's day of action to defend our NHS! pic.twitter.com/XTVTHzsXd5
— Richard Burgon MP (@RichardBurgon) January 19, 2018
There will be another day of action on February 3:
Please help fund our Emergency Day of Action 3 February. Back this demonstration and invest in the future of the NHS!https://t.co/mOQPv7hXpe
— Keep Our NHS Public (@keepnhspublic) January 18, 2018
If you can attend both, please do. Only by keeping up the pressure can we overcome the Tory government and its automatic bias against a health service that exists not for profit, but to serve the needs of the people.
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