Like so many zombies with fixed expressions health "professionals" (by that I mean the managers thin on competence but fat on salary) have been paraded on tv screens in the last day or so to comment on the emerging scandal highlighting around 13,000 deaths due to inept hospital management, perhaps the most irritating, was not a health professional but former health minister Andy Burnham who's blaming, yes you've got it the coalition government.
No surprise that one of the contributors, to the Keogh report, highlighting this tragedy, Sir Brian Jarman, has accused Labour ministers of presiding over a "denial machine" ignoring his findings of high mortality rates, given the childlike denials Labour have for the economy I doubt few if any are listening to Labour on this topic.
Admittedly the Stafford hospital scandal was not the first failing hospital and as we've been seeing in the last few days, a significant number of hospitals are similarly poorly run.
Nobody's asked for my opinion, however the root cause if you were stupid enough ask, is this, arrogance generally emanating not from true professionals clinical and technical staff the ones with degrees, but the administrative bods, who might well be a dab hand with a power point presentation, or creating a spreadsheet, but useless with anything practical. Still maybe, visitors and patients should be questioning more.
I visited Stafford hospital quite often in the nineties, at the time I would have said it was vastly superior to Canterbury and Margate hospitals based on superficial criteria.
Over the years I've seen poor welfare in several hospitals, in recent times, I make a point of reporting poor practice, and this week has shown you can't trust the health trusts or Labour.
Clearly health staff are under pressure, that said if you think, you've relative being neglected, make sure you express your concerns.