Jeremy Hunt has recently scored enormous own goals with attempted cockiness about the Tories’ handling of the NHS – which is in the midst of the worst winter crisis in years – resulting in a thorough and humiliating ‘schooling’ by first an NHS doctor and later comedian Ralf Little.
Now Hunt – who reportedly begged tearfully to keep his job during Theresa May’s ‘damp squib’ reshuffle and ended up having ‘social care’ added to his title to save the PM’s face – has done it again, with a tweet last night praising a hospital’s ‘clever’ staffing-chart system:
What Hunt appears not to have realised is that red and amber sections indicate serious or dangerous staffing levels.
Hunt’s tweet revealed a hospital in crisis – and he thought it was great.
The reaction – hundreds of responses in a mixture of horror and amusement – was immediate:
Many NHS campaigners believe that Hunt’s attrition of the NHS is deliberate and intended to break down the NHS ready for privatisation.
Hunt showed again last night he is also perfectly capable of being staggeringly stupid while carrying out the plan.
But the staffing situation in our NHS – some 40,000 nurses short of full complement and losing 10% of its nurses a year – is no joke.
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