The doctor’s opinions are likely to be the most significant and appropriate ones for us to listen to. ‘Inappropriate’: bully speak euphemism for “This is not the propaganda we are promoting!”
“In the Commons Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, asked Lansley if the trust’s action showed it was now his “policy to threaten NHS staff with disciplinary action if they speak out about his reorganisation”. He challenged the minister to reconcile his “new top-down bullying policy” with his previous strong support for NHS whistleblowers.
Prof John Ashton, county medical officer for Cumbria, received a letter from his PCT last week after he joined 22 other signatories to a letter in a national newspaper criticising Lansley’s health and social care bill. The letter read: “You are bound by the NHS code of conduct and as such it is inappropriate for individuals to raise their personal concerns about the proposed government reforms.” Ashton will have to “explain and account” for his actions at the hearing.”
Denis Campbell and Patrick Wintour guardian.co.
I would have thought his explanation and account is quite obvious, something like, “I agreed with the letter and last I heard, this is a free country!”
More and more evidence shows us that it isn’t.
I use here, as an example, an extract from an article in The Guardian, Sunday 12 February 2012 by Al Murray on the Twitter joke trial: ‘Problem is, the law don’t do funny’
”…..poor Blairite terror legislation (“not a joke!”), a bureaucratic tendency to timewaste and the speed of technological change brought about by the internet. Add to this a feeble-minded sense of humour failure, a failure to realise that not finding something funny is not the same thing as being offended, and that being offended is not the same thing as having an actual opinion, and that a metaphor born of frustration – “Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit to get your shit together otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!!” – is not a terror threat. Even having to point that out is wearying, bewildering, soul-sapping.”
I don’t mean the frustration of disrupted public transport; that is annoying but in a way, endearing. It is still possible for Brits to be reminded by large organisations that humans get stuff wrong and life goes on. We deal with it, and remember that the agendas of our lives are not big enough deals for the universe to grind to a halt when we are held up. No, I mean the totally out of proportion reaction to someone doing or saying something that a moron would see as a breach of some law, but anyone with any common sense would see as just the way people are when they’re being genuine but harmless.
We are sleep-walking into insanity and I hope enough people wake up before its too late to improvise, instead of repeating mantras of PC script written for us by the Ministry of Thought.
I’ve already had threats of dismissal for the most innocently made remarks about work on a public networking site. I think we all vote for the Regime of the Republic of Fear if we give in to such empty threats, because it will brainwash us into thinking that thinking is actually illegal. Just watch….
Thought I’d start keeping notes about how it is on the paper-chase face of health and social care.
Here’s an edited copy of an email I’ve just sent my brother.
Not so bad doing the certificate and the car is mended. I thought suspension had gone and it had. The wheel was almost falling off!
worked till 1.30am last night and started again 8 am after about 1 hr sleep.
any jobs in holiday break?…sounds like a holiday by comparison. Morale at work a bit of an all time low with management lashing everyone below them for overspending on budgets. I gave our manager a piece of my mind; he is getting it all from above, and we agreed they are stuck in a 1980s ivory tower where budget planning is concerned but he tugs his forelock and passes the pressure on down, as if the people we are supposed to care for will benefit from that! I told him we shouldn’t take it but actually make a calculation of the cost to staff all the work and routines and standards expected of us. It could be done. If we drop the standards we get Social Services and the inspectors kicking us but they’re the ones who won’t pay the funds they owe. We should show management they should be on the case of the local authorities who underfund not the 30p above min wagers flogging their guts out!
There is a modern translation of a Bible saying from proverbs I memorised after my last scrape with Pxxxxxxxs:
‘The proof of a leader and his hidden strength is the extent to which he protects those who can put the least pressure on him!’ Proverbs 29, 14
I have to work again till 9 tonight so need to press on.