Left Out Liberal

A left-wing/liberal look at the UK's General Election of 2005.

Friday, March 04, 2005

There's Always One

In any kind of bureaucratic system, you are always going to be able to find the extreme and rare examples of failure, or even glowing success. It's the way it works unfortunately. There will always be people who suffer extreme bad luck.

It's never fun, however, when a politician decides to "take up the case" of one of them and try to blast the other party with it.

I'm talking, of course, of the case of Margaret Dixon - the women who has had her operation cancelled seven times. Or is it three? Yes, it is three.

So the lying has already been exposed. Parties don't have a good track record when it comes to highlighting individual cases and trying to portray them as the general picture because it's never true. I'm quite sure that Labour could find someone who managed to get their hip replaced in just a couple of weeks from initial diagnosis, and no one would believe that that was the general picture. That would be a "fluke"!

So why is it when we find an example of the very worst case we all go crazy with anger that the NHS is failing every single patient?

It's just another example of a right-wing media shitstorm that does nothing to help the morale of the thousands of doctors, nurses, carers, cleaners, and admin staff who do wonders in the NHS day in, day out.

We would all do well to remember that.


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