Jeremy Hunt has a history of attempted cockiness on Twitter ending badly. First he tried crowing over his NHS performance and was ‘owned’ by an NHS doctor who posted a series of factual tweets that shows Hunt to be talking from an alternative orifice. That lesson went viral on social media.
Then he tried it with actor Ralf Little over mental health and received a similar schooling – and is still ducking Little’s challenge to debate the issue in a live broadcast.
You’d think that he’d know better than to attempt anything of the sort on a day when another huge – possibly the hugest on record – NHS winter crisis is a main feature on every news broadcast and front page.
Unless, of course, you know anything about him.
Sure enough, Hunt decided this morning would be a good time to respond with a jibe at Labour’s supposed ‘winter crises’ of the past:
This triggered howls of outrage from anyone who actually works in the NHS and knows what they are talking about, for example this well known medic and NHS campaigner:
But the full ‘ownage’ began with a succinct tweet by a blogging doctor that showed in one simple picture Hunt’s foolishness in choosing to take on Labour’s performance record during winter or any other season:
You don’t have to be a Blair fan – and we’re not – to recognise that the NHS under Labour was in a far healthier condition than since the Tories got their hands on it. The graph shows the dramatic reduction in A&E delays starting from the beginning of a major Labour NHS investment programme – then them being kept low for the duration of the Labour government.
Followed by a rapid climb as soon as the Tories got back into government – to even worse levels than before Labour fixed the problem.
The sharp-eyed spotted that this amounted to an admission by Hunt of something that he had attempted to deny just yesterday – that the NHS is in crisis:
But the tack was an obvious, all-round ‘fail’ for the Health Secretary – and it received an appropriate reception from social media users:
— Pete Deveson (@PeteDeveson) January 4, 2018
The thread is growing rapidly as more and more derision is heaped on the weak and shifty Health Secretary.
Hunt has struggled to appear remotely credible even in the controlled setting of a quiet room with a gentle interviewer – but his forays into social media have resulted in such severe ‘burns’ that he may well need the attention of one of the Accident and Emergency units he has driven into such under-resourced chaos.
If so it will be a safe bet that he’ll be waiting a lot more than four hours for treatment – more likely outdoors than in a corridor or broom cupboard.
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