Fact is more sinister than fiction
The report from Robert Francis (QC) regarding the failings and subsequent cover up at Stafford Hospital seem too unbelievable for many.
To criticise managers and the Department of Health and attributing the deficiencies to corporate greed is almost a distraction from the root cause of this immoral and malevolent set of events.
The answers lie deep-rooted in political ideology and backward socio-economic philosophy propagated by successive administrations to subtly indoctrinate the masses to devalue human beings at all cost.
Unbelievably, up to 1200 people may have perished in an environment that is intrinsically supposed to enable one to live. What sort of perverse irony is that?
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The reports that patients at Stafford Hospital were drinking dirty water from flower vases because they were so thirsty and sitting in their own excrement for days can bring even the emotionless to tears.
We had even accepted the Stafford Hospital situation as a perfectly normal script to detach ourselves from, likened to a surreal horror show where we could go safely to bed after watching it believing we would be just as safe if we had to be admitted to hospital ourselves.
Some of us had seen 'Sicko' by Michael Moore and believed it was only the privatised US hospitals who dumped dementia patients on the sidewalk and drove off-no, it could not happen here in good old Blighty.
Yes, here in England it was where hundreds of innocent and very ill patients suffered inexcusable pain and torment.
Fact is not stranger; it is more sinister than fiction.
Almost like the predictable cuckoo clock on the hour every hour, shrill platitudes from Prime Minister David Cameron and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt ensued as a sort of epilogue to the shocking events. Do the words 'it is truly dreadful' and 'Finances have overtaken care' from Cameron and Hunt put the unspeakable episode into context? One thinks not.
Isn't it the British political position to put profit before people? Some would argue that the systematic attacks on the NHS over the years from government has seen the health service starved of capital and suffocated in box ticking targets which has enabled the Stafford situation to occur.
The degeneration of human beings to be of less value than pounds shillings and pence has rendered many to accept that this soulless and uncompassionate dog eat dog society we have found ourselves in is the norm.
The media talk of heads rolling and accountability for this appalling mess whilst others talk of criminal action.
It does not take an expert to guess what the people of Staffordshire believe is a fitting recompense.