Very few people who know anything about the NHS would dispute the fact that Jeremy Hunt is the most unfit and damaging Health Secretary in history.
For most, it’s a relief when Hunt does one of his frequent vanishing acts – usually when there’s a crisis he’s created. When he does surface, it’s generally to insult, outrage and exasperate those who work in the NHS and those who care about it, with some nonsensical or spout frank untruths about what’s left of our nation’s greatest treasure.
Given Hunt’s recent rebuke for his utterly fallacious claim that the Tories had brought in thirty thousand additional people to work in mental health since they took office in 2010 – when the real number was fewer than seven hundred – you’d expect a little humility from anyone with any integrity.
Not so with Hunt – instead, he’s decided cocky and smug is a good look.
Challenged on Twitter over the Tories’ destruction of the NHS, Hunt responded:
For now, let’s leave aside that Channel 4’s Fact Check found that Hunt had pulled a dishonest accounting trick, that the number of nurses was barely half Hunt’s claim and that there are enormous shortfalls in numbers.
Hunt’s smarmy and misleading tweet triggered a junior doctor, Dominic Pimenta, to take the idiot politician to school. Never pick an argument with someone far more intelligent and better-informed than you, Mr Hunt – especially when they actually know what they’re talking about and write a blog on it:
But clearly Hunt doesn’t have the nous, because he jumped in with an ill-advised, early riposte, after Pimenta’s first tweet, that was only ever going to be a ‘red rag to a bull’:
It was like watching a chihuahua bait Godzilla, with predictable results as the torrent followed:
Pimenta then moved into his summing-up – and his assessment, which matches that this blog’s, of Hunt’s place in history:
Hunt was last seen running away, yelping, to lick his wounds in a corner while signally failing to learn any lessons at all – there’s a lot of that about in the Tory government.
But Dr Pimenta’s efforts were not wasted – those with more brain and heart than the clueless Hunt will learn a lot from his rant born of education and experience on the NHS front line.
Hopefully enough to never again let any Tory within a mile of the NHS – and especially not Hunt.
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