The emerging evidence of an Establishment cover-up of the Stafford Hospital tragedy is throwing a harsh but well-deserved light on the statements made by Andy Burnham and Gordon Brown over the last forty-eight hours.
During Wednesday’s Prime Minister’s Question Time, Gordon Brown blamed hospital managers. “What happened in this hospital was completely unacceptable,” he said, adding that the government was working on plans to “strike off” those responsible.
He should probably therefore start with his over-promoted Health Secretary Andy Burnham. For if CureTheNHS chief Julie Bailey is to be believed, documentary evidence exists to prove beyond doubt that Burnham signed off Stafford hospital’s suitability for Foundation Trust Status. And not only was this allegedly pressed on him by current NHS CEO David Nicholson, but not a single official either in the Stafford Strategic Health Authority or the Department of Health spoke up to ask whether these people were on Planet Earth.
With a neck fashioned from double-thickness brass, Andy Burnham’s sanctimony went into overdrive yesterday, when he told the House of Commons
“We must end the situation where a senior NHS manager who has failed in one job can simply move to another elsewhere. This is not acceptable to the public, and not conducive to promoting accountability and high professional standards”.
But Julie Bailey intends to show that not only did Burnham help a rotten hospital to Trust status, he also approved the move of a spectacularly failing Authority manager to the top job in the whole organisation.
This kind of low cunning coupled with oddly bare-faced pretence explains why, at the General Election, probably a maximum of 55% of those entitled to vote will do so. Given the choice, what would you write on your ballot paper – Anyone but Bercow? Anyone but Burnham? Anyone but Brown?
They are, at best, the three B’s at GCSE level. Which in a normal Universe would give them an aggregate score of zero.