Thursday, 20 June 2013

I nearly agreed with my Tory MP

You may well have read that there is evidence of a "deliberate suppression" of failings at Furness General Hospital. You may also know that the cover-up was by the Care Quality Commission which is not part of the NHS but a non-departmental public body (NDPB) and ministers are ultimately responsible for these bodies. So I thought I was going to agree with my MP David Morris as the situation is "appalling" but you may have guessed - I can't.

There may have been a scandal going back for some time, but the latest reports are about a cover-up that took place just last year, so obviously there is an ongoing situation. If David Morris had been referring to the problems at the hospital trust, and the ongoing covering up of those problems, then he would have a point and it might be time to agree with him. However this article at Conservative Home makes it clear that he is only interested in political point scoring.

Regardless of whether or not there is still a problem, and regardless of how much the problem involved non-political commissions and trusts, according to David it is all Labour's fault. This really isn't good enough. The families affected will want genuine answers, not point-scoring.

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