DAILY MAIL COMMENT: NHS managers must now face reckoning
In almost all the worst NHS scandals of recent years, a common and deadly thread has emerged.
The first instinct of hospital managers has been obfuscation and self-preservation. Addressing fears about patient safety has, despicably, come a poor second.
Did the same thing happen at the Countess of Chester Hospital? Even when a string of respected consultants warned that Lucy Letby might be on a baby-killing spree, bosses chastised them.
Instead of acting immediately to safeguard the infants in their care, managers sought to protect the evil nurse from ‘bullying’. This catastrophic blunder allowed her to murder and harm more newborns.
If only the whistleblowers who raised the alarm about mysterious deaths or maltreatment had been heeded, instead of being ignored, silenced and hounded, many lives could have been saved.
Even when a string of respected consultants warned that Lucy Letby might be on a baby-killing spree, bosses chastised them
The problem is, too many NHS managers appear to be excessively concerned with HR bureaucracy, inclusivity and diversity agendas, and upholding their hospital’s reputation, rather than what should be their top priority – patient wellbeing.
What is needed is the regulation of hospital bosses. Doctors or nurses who cause injury or death face the possibility of being struck off by the General Medical Council and never working again.
By contrast, NHS managers whose ineptitude results in commensurate damage too often waltz off into other lucrative job or retire with a golden handshake.
If these executives could be held to account, perhaps the fatal complacency that exists in some corners of the NHS would end. After the Letby horror, it must.
PM’s pledge is sinking
Is this what ‘stopping the boats’ looks like? Eight months on from Rishi Sunak’s pledge, 18,000 illegal migrants have crossed the Channel (including a record 88 crowded aboard one flimsy dinghy), to be fed and housed at vast taxpayer expense.
This is a scandal, especially since the Prime Minister has agreed to hand over nearly half a billion pounds to France to help end the deadly trafficking trade.
Mr Sunak still hopes the Supreme Court will give the Rwanda scheme a green light in the autumn, which may stop migrants risking their lives by crossing the Channel.
If he fails to keep his vow, the PM will have egg on his face. But even then, there would be two crumbs of comfort for the Tories.
Eight months on from Rishi Sunak’s pledge, 18,000 illegal migrants have crossed the Channel
Everyone knows Labour has used every trick and tactic to prevent the Government’s crackdown on illegal immigration.
And everyone also knows if Sir Keir Starmer’s ‘open borders’ mob gain power, the migration crisis will only get worse.
Schools trans turmoil
It is unforgivable that a fortnight before schools reopen, head teachers still have no Government guidance on how to deal with pupils who say they are transgender.
Without an official code of practice, many heads have felt obliged to allow militant trans activists to dictate their policies. This has meant boys identifying as female being allowed to use girls’ changing rooms and toilets, and parents being kept in the dark if their child tells a teacher they’re trans.
Given this is such a controversial issue, with safeguarding and medical ramifications, why is guidance taking an eternity?
The crimes of Lucy Letby are so evil it could be easy to lose faith in the entire medical profession. So it’s important to remember that beyond an aberrant minority, doctors and nurses use their skill and courage to perform miracles.
Today, we tell how surgeons have carried out the UK’s first successful womb transplant, giving hope that women otherwise unable to give birth can experience the gift of motherhood. They are helping create life. Not, like demonic Letby, snuffing it out.
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