Sarah Macken is the Founder and Director of Astute Strategies.
It’s becoming an almost weekly routine for a damning report to be issued about the NHS that highlights appalling levels of care and neglect. This week is no exception with more problems being highlighted at hospital trusts across England.
With every new report, the fear is that this is just the tip of the iceberg. But at least with the problems coming out into the open, it is providing some comfort to the families involved that they are finally being listened to. It is also allowing a turning point to be reached so that work can get underway to improve hospital care and culture.
There is also a worrying situation emerging in Wales, where Labour remains in charge of health service delivery and policy. Waiting times for basic treatment are not being met, the health budget has been cut and A&E admissions are higher than any other part of the country. How did it come to this?
The news that potentially thousands of people have died as a consequence of the policies, decisions and structures set up under the last Labour Government is breath-taking and demonstrates so clearly why well meaning platitudes are just not enough when it comes to delivering vital public services. It is a terrible indictment on the previous administration that allowed a deep rot to set in and admonished basic care and kindness to the bottom drawer.