3246 Needless Deaths

Accountability Mortality

Guest Article by J Twunt

Jeremy Twunt

I welcome the Keogh Review as a vindication of our policies.  It clearly lays the blame for 13,000 needless deaths between 2005 and 2010 (May) on Labour and its policies.  Before 2005 there were no deaths as Labour had yet to set a target for them, but their policy from then of greater competition and more use of private providers was clearly the cause of this suffering.

The 3246 needless deaths since 2010 (May) are shown by Keogh to be due entirely to the incompetent local management in these rogue trusts. Poor management can never be tolerated so we have decided not to remove any of them if they were appointed after 2010 – which they mostly were.

Keogh has shown how hopeless the NHS has become.  The experts at the Daily Mail have used the Keogh evidence to prove a free at the point of need NHS inevitably kills the better off and depresses house prices.

As the Mail confirms all of these hospitals were in the NHS – none of them were private providers.  Keogh also showed that none were in London because London has far too many hospitals but healthy competition.  More competition and greater use of private providers is the way forward.  Fortunately we have passed an Act to make that not just easy but inevitable.  From 2016 all hospitals will be run by Virgin, Capita or G4S.

To speed the closure of failed hospitals, or to effect turnaround as we call it, we are sending in hit squads from the major consultancy firms.  They are ideally placed to help as they have advised the same trusts and got them to where they are today.

And picking up on the pointless slaughter theme Osborne’s team of forensic accountants have devised a top up charges scheme so patients at the best hospitals pay extra not to be unnecessarily killed.

It is reassuring that Keogh confirms that people die in hospitals as it supports our policy of closing them whenever there is an excuse.  We have to overcome the sentimental attachment communities have with their local services and frighten them in demanding closures.  We are using our new special administration powers to shut hospitals based on teams of consultants showing the work by previous consultants failed to solve problems.  So far we have only been able to apply it to hospitals with good death rates but that can change once we get the hang of it.

I am especially glad that Keogh nailed the lie that staffing levels matter. It is obvious to me that having less doctors, less nurses and less consultants will not affect care – otherwise how can we deliver the cuts that are necessary.  The idea that having less resources can impact on patient care was always nonsense.  Labour poured billions into more staff but only because they are slaves to their trade union masters and they still killed patients in their millions.

What I find sad is the carping from the NHS management bodies, NHS E, PHE, NHS C, Monitor and the rest.  As I told them when I gave them their independence they are not to use it in any way to criticise me, or my government or its policies – I am not sure I made that clear enough when I handed out the jobs.

But I do want to say a major thank you to all the dedicated and hardworking staff in the NHS, some of whom I once remember meeting.  It is so sad they are being let down by the incompetent managers, coasting clinicians and by nurses being absent through redundancy or working in the wrong way in the wrong places because their trade unions refuse to allow progress.

So I welcome the review and its endorsement of our recent successes in improving GP access in and out of house, lowering A&E waits, improving social care, reducing cancelled operations and increasing nursing numbers.

Thanks for your support.