Mar 4 2013
Mid Staffs scandal: Downing Street refuses six times to say why Sir David Nicholson is still running the NHS
Seems the cunt Cameron doesn’t like answering any difficult questions no matter who asks them.
So why is the man who is to blame for at least 1200 deaths still running the NHS?
If he was anything other than totally inept at everything he would be Prime Minister. It’s not fucking rocket Science don’t cha know.
Downing Street is refusing to answer questions about why Sir David Nicholson, the chief executive of the National Health Service, has not resigned in the wake of the Mid-Staffordshire scandal.
A public inquiry this month found that, during the past decade, at least 1,200 patients died needlessly due to poor care and mismanagement at Stafford hospital. Despite the report, none of the managers who oversaw the hospital has been sanctioned or punished.
Sir David was chief executive of the strategic health authority overseeing Mid Staffs in 2005. Local campaigners and some Tory MPs have said that means he is not suitable to hold his current post.
On Monday, Prime Minister’s David Cameron’s official spokesman declined to answer half a dozen questions from The Telegraph political reporters about whether David Cameron had confidence in Sir David, or why he felt he should be still in charge of the NHS.
The questions were:
1) On Sir David Nicholson, the Prime Minister has said he has full confidence in him. Could you just explain why he thinks the public should have faith in him as NHS chief executive?
2) Are there any specific aspects or attributes that justify that confidence in [Sir David Nicholson]?
3) What would the Prime Minister say to a member of the public wondering why Sir David Nicholson is still in charge of the NHS?
4) What is the answer to the question?
5) Can I ask a different question: how can Sir David Nicholson still be in charge of the NHS given what happened at Mid-Staffs? How can he carry on?
6) For the record, why is he still in charge of the NHS?
Instead, the spokesman referred The Telegraph to answers Mr Cameron gave about Sir David’s future on Feb 20 during an overseas trip to India.
Mr Cameron said then: “David Nicholson, first of all I think he does a very good job. I’ve worked with him at close quarters since becoming Prime Minister.
“I’m impressed by the grip and grasp he has over the NHS and his knowledge, understanding and love for it and what he helps to deliver in terms of results.
“It seemed to me that he had properly apologised and acknowledged the mistakes the regional health authority had made when he ran it for that short period of time as these events unfolded.
“I would point you towards what the report said – which is that we should not be seeking scapegoats.
“And I think to highlight David Nicholson in that way would be seeking a scapegoat. I don’t think he should be made a scapegoat.”
The Telegraph pressed 10 Downing Street repeatedly about the future of Sir David Nicholson at the morning and afternoon meetings of lobby journalists on Monday March 4. These are the exchanges:
Morning lobby meeting, Monday March 4
Peter Dominiczak: On David Nicholson, the Prime Minister has said he has full confidence in him. Could you just explain why he thinks the public should have faith in him as NHS chief executive?
Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman: For exactly the reasons the Prime Minister has set out on a number of occasions. I would point you back to his words on several occasions over the last few weeks.
PD: But are there any specific aspects or attributes that justify that confidence in [David Nicholson]?
PMOS: Well, I’ll point myself then to his words from recent weeks and note that, you know, the fact that the PM believes, you know, Sir David’s doing a very good job in his role as head of the NHS.
Afternoon lobby meeting, Monday March 4
Christopher Hope: What would the Prime Minister say to a member of the public wondering why Sir David Nicholson is still in charge of the NHS?
Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman: He would give the answer I gave Peter to that question this morning.
CH: That was not the same question.
PMOS: Well his question this morning was ‘how would you explain why the Prime Minister still has confidence that he should be in post’ – which is the same question, so I will point at Peter for the answer I gave him.
CH: What is the answer to the question?
PMOS: Peter has it as I gave it to him. I am sure he will be sitting down next to you.
CH: Can I ask a different question: how can Sir David Nicholson still be in charge of the NHS given what happened at Mid-Staffs? How can he carry on?
PMOS: These are all variants, as they have been for the last few weeks, of the same question. The Prime Minister has given his views to your newspaper and others and I would point you to his words.
CH: Was he asked that question? What did he say exactly?
PMOS: He was effectively asked questions about that in India. You can find his words –
CH: For the record, why is he still in charge of the NHS?
PMOS: Chris, I will answer questions in the way that I think I should answer them. Just like you can ask questions in the way that you want to ask them. The Prime Minister has set out his views on a number of occasions. I gave them this morning. You can find the quotes that the Prime Minister used recently and use them confident in the knowledge that they remain the Prime Minister’s views.