Just noticed that the Daily Fail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2364765/20-000-extra-NHS-deaths-Labours-watch-amid-calls-site-inspectors-struggling-hospital.html) re-ran Brian Jarman’s old ’20k needless deaths’ claim early on Tuesday morning, ahead of the publication of the Keogh report. There’s no question from the content of their article that the intent was to turn up the heat on Andy Burnham and to try even harder to dislodge Labour as the party of the NHS.
Well, that’s egg, sausage and chips all over their faces now, since Bruce Keogh completely disavowed the 13k deaths claim in a private email (https://skwalker1964.wordpress.com/2013/07/15/national-media-keogh-says-13k-nhs-deaths-keogh-er-no-i-dont/) as well as most emphatically in his report.
The lurid death-headlines, from Mid Staffs to Basildon and Thurrock and every point in between, are now thoroughly discredited – but I’d lay money it’s not the last we’ll see of them. The aims of the government and the right-wing media, and Prof Jarman’s increasingly desperate attempts to restore his dysfunctional statistical system to what he considers its rightful place, fit too well together for them to let little matters like obvious truth stop them trying.
Don’t hold your breath waiting for the Fail to apologise or publicly retract its claims. Do watch out for more rehashed ‘news’ (and no doubt lots of pictures of the equally-dysfunctional Julie Bailey and her Cure mafia), as the media attempts not to let the facts get in the way of a ‘good’ (from their point of view) story.
Since the 20k death myth appears to be persisting even though its as thoroughly nonsensical as the 13k deaths claim, here’s a reblog of why it’s pure, propagandist, nonsense.
In the immediate aftermath of the release of the Francis Report into events at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, I identified that David Cameron’s crocodile-tears and apparent humility were just a feint that would quickly turn into an attack on the NHS nationally (yet another front in their all-out war on it), using Mid Staffs as a template for attacking other hospitals – and Labour.
This morning’s headlines – covered by the BBC (website and news channel) and the right-wing press – about Professor Sir Brian Jarman’s claim that 20,000 NHS deaths could have been prevented come on the back of a 2-week long assault by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Labour’s supposed failings leading to Mid Staffs.
The claims are utter nonsense – but they are being used by the press and the government as
A sledgehammer to smash the NHS – and Labour
I’ve already shown, at…
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