Mr Mel Stride MP for Central Devon
You are probably aware that the NHS is in crisis. I am not being alarmist. I worked within it as a doctor and surgeon for 40 years. I loved my work but I did not enjoy the bumf. Most of this came out of political diktats - from all colours.
I have kept a close interest in OUR NHS since early retirement which came out of sickness. On top of doing a very busy and demanding job in orthopaedics and trauma, I was fighting alone in Torbay against Mrs Thatcher's internal market and for the life of our excellent single specialism Princess Orthopaedic Hospital in Exeter, the latter with good colleagues. Both battles were lost. The internal market doubled the cost of administration from 5% to c. 10% as I had predicted. The number of desks doubled and with them long and ridiculous titles like 'Patient Services Administrator'. I had to phone him often to have the detritus removed from the corridor to my fracture clinic. All this was not what the public might have expected from a Tory reform. Very few people know that £1.3 billion was added to a £30 billion budget as a result of Mrs T's monetarist dogma. But I do tell them in newspaper pieces, public meetings and on Youtube x2.
Dear Mr Pym,
Forgive this brief intrusion. I am a retired orthopaedic and trauma surgeon but I was trained at St Mary's which has been at the forefront of the analysis and cure of disease for many decades.
I applaud your detailed inquiry into this current case and in particular what surveillance took place at HR.
Dear Reverend Fenton,
Below is the e-mail I sent you over 3 weeks ago. No reply. Assuming the e-mail address was incorrect, I sent a fuller letter by post about a week later. There was silence, and after speaking with your wife last week who suggested that I 'phoned back in the afternoon, I did that. I left a message saying that I knew it was a central duty of a priest to visit the sick, the frail and the dying. You would often hear about the care they were getting and I was keen to hear your witness be it bad or good, or a spectrum. It is apt that the Reverend Marshall's TFTD today was on visiting the sick.
I have been deeply hurt by your failure to respond to me. I assume you harbour some animus towards me but I can only guess as to its spring. Perhaps my standing for the Palestinians in their slow, quick, quick, slow crucifixion is the source. As a Christian atheist since age 17, I know that I have followed Christ in this.
Thank you Geoff. I had read the much truncated 'confidential' report in the Guardian. But this is more than stark. Skimmed - so much evil to read here and everywhere. I bet the opthalmologists at Taunton advised against this Poundland exercise.
I noted Conclusions 7 1 especially. Outrageous. And leaning over to make the 'letting' of a contract to an outfit run by 2 money grubbing GPs in BUCKINGHAMSHIRE sound normal and capable of high standards. 'The Practice' - what practice?
Dear NHS England and Mr Jeremy Hunt ,
We are assailed every few days by prescriptions from Mr Hunt. There must be many professionals or retired ones who know the facts or analysis are faulty.
I served in OUR NHS as a doctor and orthopaedic/trauma surgeon for 40 years. My interest in the service is as vital now as it was say 30 years ago.
Of many efforts to improve the standards of care at Torbay Hospital, I recall writing in the early 80s about the staffing of the ladies' fracture ward – Ainslie, at night. There used to be 2 staff nurses - ie SRNs. There were 25 patients (always 'full up'), many were bed bound and a few would be demented to varying degree. I pleaded for more nurses. An enrolled nurse (SEN) would have been a distinct help. The excellent staff nurses could not take a meal break. Nothing happened except that the care of some patients would have been second rate.