Silent scandals and articles of faith

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Yesterday saw some much-needed blunt talk from the Health Secretary in a speech on what he called the “silent scandal” of errors in the NHS, which led to the needless deaths of 3,000 patients last year.

Jeremy Hunt’s speech at the University College London Hospitals also highlighted the 326 so-called hospital “never events” – mistakes that are so inexcusable they should never happen – that occurred in just 12 months.  This alarming category of mistakes include things such as performing surgery on the wrong part of the body, leaving foreign objects inside the body after an operation and the misidentification of patients.

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Do we want the private sector to contribute or not?

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An interesting idea for investing in London’s infrastructure has been greeted with a chorus of cynicism this month – and in so doing has exposed a deep contradiction in attitudes towards the private sector’s obligations to the rest of us.

Untapped Resource, a report published by the GLA Conservative Group, makes a compelling case for private sponsorship of London Underground stations and lines.  No doubt with his eye on securing for this idea the media attention it deserves, the report’s author Gareth Bacon even came up with an eye-catching example of what it might mean for our treasured tube map.   Step forward, Burberry by Bond Street and Virgin Euston;

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Welcome to the blog

Please note this post is from my previous blog. To read my posts during the 2017 General Election campaign click here.

Welcome to my new blog – something I’ve been meaning to put together for quite some time.  As a comms professional I spend a lot of time writing – from tweets to newspaper articles and everything in between, including the odd blog post now and then.  It’s something I hugely enjoy.  Up until now, I’ve never taken the plunge of keeping a blog of my own, confining myself to Twitter.

Increasingly, however, I’m finding 140 characters far too limiting for what I would like to share – on politics, communications and other things that may come to mind from time to time.  I’m a member of the Conservative Party and a candidate for the 2014 local elections in Coldharbour & New Eltham in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.  I’m also involved in various other organisations, including the credit union movement – a subject I’m passionate about and one that is guaranteed to get a regular airing on these pages.

It should go without saying (but doesn’t, so I’ll say it) that none of the opinions expressed on this blog represent anyone’s views other than my own, and this blog is in no way associated with any organisation or group I am connected with.

Now that’s out of the way, on to the blogging…