There follows a guest post by retired dentist Dr. Mark Shaw, who says the culture of silence and compliance exposed in the Shrewsbury maternity scandal, where doctors kept their heads down and their mouths shut about things which ran counter to the prevailing ideology, is also doing harm in the Covid vaccine rollout.
The Shrewsbury maternity scandal is the latest example of a failing NHS. It is both shocking and unsurprising at the same time that such failures should become exposed over a period of many years. Those who listen to Mike Graham’s excellent Talk Radio show will hear one caller after another ringing in about their horrendous NHS experiences – day after day, week after week. There is no virtue-signalling clapping here.
What appalled me most was Sajid Javid’s speech in which he condemned this particular NHS institution and blamed everyone in it without accepting personal (governmental) responsibility. The word ‘sorry’ came up in such a detached and cold manner that it almost seemed as if he was trying to make the public feel sorry for him having to deal with the hospital concerned.
I trained with medical students and nurses and made friends with many of them while at University. They all genuinely wanted to help people and I knew that they wanted to become healthcare professionals with the sole intention of making patients better if they were to fall ill. So how does a ‘Shrewsbury’ happen? It is the result of many things but a failure of Government policy and correctly managed funding is highest on the list and for that reason it is a disgrace for Sajid Javid not to acknowledge that and admit some culpability.