I first wrote on my BLOG about ward closures at Lewisham Hospital this time last year (you can read my entry here). I feel that the blame lays firmly in the hands of the Government and particularly the Secretary of State for Health.
In order to fix a problem you need to admit that the problem exists and Labour are refusing to admit that there is a problem. Patricia Hewitt is living in a fools paradise, it must be nice to live in a world where the unplanned and unexpected closure of wards and the redundancies of nurses makes for the "best year" in the NHS' history.
I dread to think what she expects the worst year to be like. I wonder if she knows something we don't, perhaps next year the NHS will be so short staffed, so lacking in beds, so awful in fact that we will all look back at this year as some sort of "Golden Age" for the NHS.
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