LETTER: Professionals should run NHS

I’m writing in response to last week’s Guest Columnist, Michael Harris, I presume being the same who frequently subscribes to the Letters pages.

How were the problems of the DGH exacerbated by the recent one day strike by junior doctors, which they are by definition? I agree that the term is misleading.

The strike was a totally different issue to the poor management crisis at the DGH, although I can see the parallels.

On the subject of the Hippocratic Oath, I am sure that those who have taken it strive to adhere to its principles and would not have taken strike action without very serious consideration. Protections were in place.

I guess that quite a lot MPs must have taken a Hypocritical Oath, [thesaurus - insincere, two-faced, duplicitous, deceitful etc] judging by the expenses scandal, the bungs for tabling motions and the patronising drivel we so frequently hear. I could go on but....

So back to the point, the general understanding is the BMA are pursuing talks to achieve a settlement, but the clue is in your statement ‘A formula for the future can always be found between reasonable parties …’ that makes no provision for unreasonable parties. Given the available evidence, which one is unreasonable and why? Your call Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, he of the expenses scandal who didn’t understand the rules, yet can sort out our NHS.

So where has he acquired those skills, doubtful as they are? Well his father Sir Nicholas Hunt (Admiral of the Fleet) has dipped in and out of a couple of quangos relating to health, principally Nuffield private hospitals, his cousin former Conservative MP and Health Secretary Virginia Bottomley, now Baroness Nettlestone, lobbies in the Lords on behalf of the private health sector via her directorship of BUPA. Get the picture? Too many MPs are in politics to network for their own ideals and the next million pounds, the reasons why tax avoidance/evasion hasn’t been sorted out.

The honest and good hearted MPs don’t stand a chance, they are barely tolerated by the plutocrats.

The sooner our NHS ceases to have a Parliamentary Health Secretary and any Civil Service involvement, the better. The only engagement with Parliament should be a bid for the budget to run the NHS, which itself should be run by suitably qualified and scrutinised professionals.

Paul Woolmer

Wannock Drive, Polegate

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