“So I make this commitment to the NHS and all who work in it.
No more pointless reorganisations.”
How about this?
“No more pointless re-organisations – just building and improving.”
Obviously, the key rhetorical word here was pointless.
I shall have to remember to include this useful modifier to any promises I make.
To take a recent weekend of regrets and remorse – some mournful promises, faithfully to be adhered to.
“Have no doubt – There will be no more pointless drinking games. Further I pledge no more pointless Kebabs on the way home from the pub and I say in absolute certainty – No more pointless lie ins on a Sunday morning when there’s a run to be done”
After any future Kebab/Hangover/Lie-in Incidents, I shall merely observe that in this case there was a clear and pressing case for the Beer, the Kebab, and the lie in, and no hypocrisy or deception has been committed.
But what about this one?
“We won’t get there through yet another massive structural reorganisation. The past decade has witnessed a series of restless changes which, to the NHS itself, have felt like a series of frontal assaults, the latest of which is a national network of polyclinics imposed on local communities – and GPs – that don’t want them. Instead, we’ll offer steady, purposeful change with a clear direction. “
Ah, I see. For Mr Cameron and Mr Lansley, Labour governments enact “pointless reorganisations”, but structural changes made by Conservative governments, however rapid, top down and directive, are merely “steady purposeful change with a clear direction”.
Helpful to know, really.