In a report today from BBC Essex, we read:
Ten workers at a mental health unit have been suspended amid claims patients were “dragged, slapped and kicked”. Inspectors said CCTV footage recorded at the Yew Trees hospital in Kirby-le-Soken, Essex, appeared to show episodes of “physical and emotional abuse”. The details emerged in a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report after the unit was inspected in July and August. A spokeswoman for the care provider said footage had been passed to police.
The report does not mention Matt Hancock, the Minister. Why would it? He can’t be expected to deal with every detail of the NHS in England can he?
But it’s not the same in Scotland. The case of one suicide which may have been triggered by non-admission to a mental health centre, in 2018, was exploited by the Labour leader, Richard Leonard and repeatedly broadcast by BBC Scotland as part of a wider witch-hunt aimed at unseating the then Health Secretary in a desperate attempt to score a point over the SNP Government. She did resign, citing personal problems, though only after a long period of harassment by the opposition in collusion with the Scottish media.
The same has now happened with her successor after years of headlines and images associating her with deaths in hospitals in a way the far less capable Matt Hancock has not experienced.
Readers will know this is not a one-off but only the latest in long acrid trail. See: