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Pulse readers choose pantomime villain of the year

Former health secretary Andrew Lansley has been crowned ‘pantomime villain of the year’ by Pulse readers for the third successive year

Mr Lansley successfully defended his title by a sizable margin over his nearest rival, current health secretary Jeremy Hunt. It is his second award this year, after being awarded the ‘vanishing act award’ for 2012.

The award marks a year of mixed fortunes for Mr Lansley, seeing his cherished health reformed implemented from afar after losing his post as health secretary in a Cabinet reshuffle this autumn.

Results of Pulse poll: Who is your pantomime villain of the year?

Jeremy Hunt - 37%
Andrew Lansley - 52%
Bruce Keogh - 4%
Malcolm Grant - 7%

Number of responses: 92

Click here to find out who won all our awards this year, in our review of 2013

 

Readers' comments (20)

  • why are you all so adamant NOT to implement video.
    videos can be marked by different people in an appeal.
    if you think that you have done a robust preparation went behind these CSA cases marks should be identical. okay +/- 3. not more than that.
    (video -good learning tool for examiners)

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  • Why not publish the data between marks scored by passing, failing IMG's vs local and compare it with Akt and also number of attempts taken by all in each component.

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  • Many of the comments on this thread are so abusive that I am surprised that the moderators at PULSE have allowed them to remain.
    Clare

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  • No-one is paying attention to these comments, I guess. Especially when there is no name attached with them. People responding to comments like 'you, that one at 10:41am' doesn't inspire anyone. That's why people are able to claim that they have heard some noise.
    I wonder do we reflect on ourselves? You wouldn't like someone from a dark corner, whom you cannot see, shouting your name loudly in incriminating voices. Then why do people choose to hide behind anonymity? Do we fear that we'll be picked by name and failed? We are failing anyway. Lets not fail any further....

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  • What is the evidence that AKT data is anonymous ??
    If so, then why the result publish in 4 weeks??
    AKT is designed so one question should not take more than 55 seconds, question can go on whole page and some of them have double negative phrases to confuse the audience. Clearly it is designed for native speakers not foreigners.... As I happened in USA when firefighter challenged the theory exam being biased and win !!

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  • Be careful. You can always find some legal advice that says, Yes, you have got a case, go on, let's run with it. (And the lawyers that advise will make their money, whatever happens.)

    It would be very surprising if a judicial review found that a GMC-accredited UK specialty exam was in some way fundamentally unfair, specially if like the MRCGP it has been publishing all its statistics and results for years -- and no-one has legally challenged these. Remember, the GMC is effectively in the dock, too.

    If the judicial review took place and was lost, I do not think that would be in the long term interests of IMGs generally -- some of whom are quite clearly being abused by the whole GP selection and training system. And BAPIO and its friends like Una Coales would be made to look like idiots.

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  • They wouldn't look like idiots but people will think twice before applying for GP training
    Wake up before you even think of the outcome of the judicial challenge as an acceptance of the case alone would raise seceral eyebrows and produce sleepless nights.

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  • I'm a UK trained GP Registrar. Both my parents were born in India. I think this noise the BAPIO is making is pathetic- they are being bitter and because of them we will see the standard of the RCGP dropping are more international doctors passing the exams.
    The simple fact is, overseas doctors are failing because they don't seem to reach the expected standards required to pass the MRCGP. Rather than wasting people's time, the BAPIO need to sit down with their overseas doctors and discuss how to improve their exam performance.

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  • UK trained registrar if you were born to Indian parents and have passed CSA why are u worried about this apathy? Shame on you for choosing this cheap stunt!
    If you really are a product of Indian parents as you boast of-I'm afraid you couldn't get a message from them as to how it feels to be a victim of a sham system. Ask them tomorrow and post here.

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