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Independents' Day

The Government will get its comeuppance for the Cummings affair

Dr David Turner

Some people think Dominic Cummings is a slippery rule twister. Me though, I actually think he’s done us all a favour.

I’m no fan of rules myself - indeed one of the reasons I left hospital medicine as soon as I could was to avoid being bossed about by non-clinical managers.

Think about it, colleagues: next time the CQC, NHS England or some other officious body attempts to impose its will on you, you have been handed a ‘get out of jail free card’ by none less than the PM’s own senior adviser.

CQC called and want to do an inspection next week?

‘Sorry, we’re all away on a team building event at a local beauty spot that day.’

Missed a ‘crucial’ deadline for some data collection exercise for the Department of Health and Social Care?

‘Yes, apologies, but we were dealing with an excess number of ill children that day.’

Next time the CQC attempts to impose its will on you, you have been handed a ‘get out of jail free card’ 

Joking aside, it is staggeringly arrogant of Johnson to instruct everybody to draw a line under the Cummings affair, just because he has decided to.

The absolute worst part about it though, is Cummings refusal to accept he did wrong and apologise. We all make mistakes, none less than doctors. I would hope though, most of us are contrite enough to admit and apologise for our shortcomings when we have clearly and obviously done wrong.

How would anybody else, in a position of authority, be treated by their peers and professional body if they broke rules as blatantly as Cummings?

I have absolutely no doubt the media, quietly fuelled by the Government, would hammer away like a crazed blacksmith, demanding the resignation of a senior doctor who had transgressed in the way Cummings has.

To paraphrase Edmund Burke: ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of the arrogant elite, is for the rest of us to roll over and have our tummies tickled.’

Dr David Turner is a GP in North West London

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Readers' comments (12)

  • Oh look - a bandwagon.

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  • A completely unnecessary bandwagon started by some elite incompetent government idiots who have made controlling this pandemic so much harder.
    Move on says Bojo the clown.
    Aye. You f@cking move on pal.

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  • Do GPs have to provide the tummy-tickle service now too?
    Good, I'm off to see my GP Face-to-Face for a tummy-tickle!!

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  • Like the BLM protests for breaking lockdown rules? Or the journalists stalking Cummings themselves outside his home? Don't see Angus getting worked up about those, eh?

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  • The media are certainly pursuing this guy with terrible malice. He appears to be the object of an obsessive hatred.

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  • The man panicked because he and his wife were scared about their son with special needs needing to be looked after if they were both ill. He should have apologised and the Barnard Castle eye test stretched credibility but he did not go on “a jolly.” Only the deeply prejudiced could conclude he was saying “F you” to all the little people. Surprised this party political article was given room. But then again diversity of opinion isn’t the MSM’s strong suit at the moment.

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  • are most doctors lefties? i am not

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  • FORGET CUMMINGS----DERBY CONSTABULARY SHOULD INVESTIGATE LEICESTER ROYAL INFIRMARY WHO SEEMED TO GET OFF SCOTT FREE WITH THE BAWA-GARBA SCANDAL

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  • terry sullivan | Locum GP06 Jun 2020 9:44pm

    The Lefties are the most vocal and have the most platforms as they are agitating for the 'revolution', whilst the Righties have minded their own business, and enjoyed the liberties they inherited from past generations. However, the price of freedom is eternal vigilance... The pushback is starting with the redpilling of the silent majority.

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  • ...they are under your bed..

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