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Lansley just as useless as Labour

I give up. I thought the prospect of a Conservative Government, with their promises of a return to doctor managed services, would be a step in the right direction.

I give up. I thought the prospect of a Conservative Government, with their promises of a return to doctor managed services, would be a step in the right direction.



Surely they could not be any more destructive than the incumbent government when dealing with all things NHS.

But in Shadow Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, we have a politician equally as ill-informed as his Labour contemporaries.

His recent declaration, that GPs should be held responsible if their patients contract C Diff while in hospital, has shattered any faith I had in a newer party changing things for the better. How long can the NHS survive the pointless politicking by headline hungry charlatans?

Mr Lansley seems to believe GP's have some form of control over what happens in hospitals. His delusional impression, that we can prevent illness even when not caring for the patient, is vaguely flattering but completely misguided.

Shit happens (quite literally in the case of C Diff). That is to say there are certain inevitabilities in life, some good and others bad. This is true in health and health-care as well. Despite our occasional interventions we often have to satisfy ourselves with simply delaying the inevitable. Not that C Diff is inevitable when in hospital, but neither is it always a result of poor sanitation.

More likely, it is caused by a well meaning medical ST giving antibiotics for an infection. If the patient is in hospital for an infection, then it is likely to be significant. C Diff can be an unfortunate sequelae.

"First do no harm" is a mantra often repeated to medical students but in the real world doctors have to make decisions they know may affect the patient deleteriously. I do not blame any doctor for causing C Diff when in the patient's best interests.

So why is Andrew Lansley blaming me?

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