Candour needed in the land of Glib and inaction

On yesterday’s Today programme Dr Katie Sanderson, a front line worker in the NHS, stressed the need for candour on the part of the government, absolute candour being a crucial constituent of the doctor patient relationship. Interestingly, Nick Robinson later on the same programme suggested to some hapless minister who was trying to put a brave face on the government’s ineptitude, that candour might become a feature of the governments future dealings with the health and care sectors and the general public.

Having previously pointed out that being glib is a dominant characteristic of our current leaders it has now become clear to me that the antidote is candour. Unhappily, to politicians the word and the concept are alien so they must quickly learn if they are to gain any trust with the front line workers and the general public.

One crucial element of the new atmosphere of candour must be the admission that the civil service is not trained or equipped to make things happen yet we need lots of things to happen. Fortunately, our armed forces are highly trained and competent in this respect as already shown during the pandemic; and, rather late in the day, the government has seemed to understand what Churchill did during the last war the need to bring in doers and deliverers from outside to help us win this war.

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