Messy Business

Michael Gove & Sarah Vine: With public sector custodians like these, who needs enemies

So, here was the initial story in The Telegraph about the useless NHS (with something very similar appearing in the Daily Mail) letting down one of our glorious leaders:

Michael Gove has been unable to receive treatment for a possible fractured foot because parts of the NHS shut down on the weekends, his wife has said.

Sarah Vine, an outspoken newspaper columnist, reported that the Justice Secretary was unable to see a doctor during the week because of his busy schedule, and had been left “hobbling around on crutches, chucking down painkillers” due to the lack of Sunday services.

The Justice Secretary hurt his foot on Saturday night. His wife drove him to a minor injuries unit the next morning.

Despite being told by a nurse that his foot is “probably broken”, he was not able to get an X-ray, as the unit’s radiology department was closed.

Ms Vine argues that the incident proves the need for the “reformation” of the NHS that Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, has set out, which most notably included plans to create seven-day service in all departments.

And here was the Correction and Clarification in the Telegraph a day later (small and well hidden):

Yesterday’s article, “Gove could not get X-ray for broken foot”, wrongly implied that Michael Gove could get no treatment because all NHS radiology departments close on Sundays. These departments are in fact open 24 hours a day for emergencies in many hospitals other than the minor injuries unit that Mr Gove attended. We are happy to make it clear.

Not sure whether to fashion a pithy punchline, or just hold my head in my hands and gently weep.

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