10_october_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,226

Saturday 10 October 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I am delighted to see that doctors are compiling a dodgy dossier on the dreadful Hunt, the quack politician who has decided that the best cure for our world famous NHS is to poison it with lies, strangle its funding and break it up for the private sector to slaver over and devour.

Our superb NHS, which has successfully operated 24/7, 7 days a week, as far as I can remember, all my life, has been denigrated for its weekend work by Hunt who claimed that ‘around 6,000 people lose their lives every year because we do not have a proper 7-day service in hospitals’. The evidence supporting this claim, which was not released at the time of Hunt’s claim, concluded, ‘if every day lived up to Wednesdays, there would have been 5,745 fewer deaths in hospital that year’. What the evidence does not suggest is that these extra deaths are down to poor care or lack of proper service, it could be none, some or all. It could be entirely due to the severity of weekend admissions, which cannot wait but require immediate treatment and care, inevitably and sadly, not always successfully.

I put it to you that your recent election to government was, at least in part, due to trusting souls who believe what politicians say. They cannot be faulted for this, it is not down to naivete (or if it is I shall not fault them for it), it is down to their essential decency which they extend to others, including politicians. Ordinary people do not hire or have access to teams of spin doctors or nudge units (in essence, liars) with which to weave webs of deceit. True there are liars and charlatans everywhere, but their success is predicated on the essential decency of others. Sincerity and trust are virtues, not faults, and it is those who betray sincerity and trust who are at fault. Many point the finger at cognitive dissonance as the real problem, the difficulty of having or resolving two or more inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes. Again, cognitive dissonance is not a failing, it is a necessary condition of dealing with complex life issues. Even the Police suffer from cognitive dissonance as I discovered on one of my attempts to bring charges against Iain Duncan Smith. I was told by the officer I spoke with that the government was there to ‘look after people’ and refused to take my allegations seriously despite my sheaf of evidence to the contrary.

The Guardian reports that – ‘Doctors are compiling a dossier of patients whose health they say has been endangered because the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has misled the public into thinking that hospitals do not provide 24/7 care. They claim to have details of at least 14 cases in which patients who needed urgent medical attention delayed going to see a doctor at the weekend because statements by the health secretary made them believe the care would be inadequate due to a lack of senior medics on duty.’

It is well said, ‘Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive!’ And the point, Mr Cameron, is that the practice of deceit is a wilful act, it is done knowingly and you, Hunt, Iain Duncan Smith and the rest of your government of charlatans know this and know exactly what you are doing. You spend a great deal of time, money and effort in your deceit and lies and it is costing lives.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/revealed-only-nhs-doctor-4000-6155362

https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/james-lazou/what-lies-behind-hunts-message-of-bad-cruel-nhs

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/after-five-years-tory-rule-6448738

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/apr/25/far-more-nhs-contracts-going-to-private-firms-than-ministers-admit-privatisation

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/oct/07/the-hunt-file-doctors-dossier-of-patients-put-at-risk-by-health-secretary

https://fullfact.org/live/2015/aug/evidence_6000_weekend_deaths-47287

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