Sunday, February 10, 2013

Feature or Bug?

The other day, we reported on the latest scandal plaguing (heh) the Much Vaunted National Health System©.  And despite the fact that, as Mike pointed out, we covered this very same facility (among others) over three years  ago (!), little has changed, and nothing has improved.

Now comes British Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt (the MVNHS© version of HHS Secretary Shecantbeserious), openly calling for a police investigation into the affair, opining publicly that it's "absolutely disgraceful” that no doctors, nurses or managers have been held to account for the substandard care which led to the deaths of up to 1,200 patients."

Which begs the question:

If, after (at least) three years of ongoing and documented “abuse on such a wide scale,” isn't it fair to ask whether this might actually be by design, and not happenstance? After all, none of this is "news;" indeed, it's been common knowledge for some time. And yet, it's only after a British newspaper reported the abuse in detail that a high government official thinks it's time to ditch the famous stiff upper lip, and get cracking. 

But wait, it gets worse:

"[Secretary Hunt] admits he is not sure which hospitals are doing a good job ... I think it’s absolutely outrageous that potentially more than a thousand people lost their lives because of poor care and not a single person has been brought to book."

A suggestion, Mr Hunt? Try a mirror.

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