CAROL BLACK AND JAMES JOHNSON REVISITED
Visit Chez Sam’s and scroll down for some interesting conversations on the Commons Select Committees on MMC.
Sam also posted a link, recently, reminding us about the content of the letter from Carol Black and James Johnson, defending Sir Liam Donaldson.
There is also a bit of serious debate going on there about the “To be or not to be of Sir Liam Donaldson.”
MY BLACK CAT’S PICTURE FOR SAM!
Yes, the Black – Johnson letter supporting the CMO was interesting.
The Witch Doctor never fully understood it.
James Johnson said in his resignation statement:
“In a statement to Channel 4 News, Mr Johnson said that he wrote the letter to support Sir Liam Donaldson, the chief medical officer, who had come under “unfair attack for failing to give leadership over the MTAS fiasco”.
As a civil servant he was not in a position to defend himself, or to “apologise on behalf of the government for what amounts to a failure of policy”, said Mr Johnson.
“I wrote the letter to offer a bit of support. I did not consult others because it is not BMA policy to oppose the chief medical officer,” he said.”
THIS TAKES NERVE, OR STUPIDITY, OR BOTH
As it turns out, James Johnson and Carol Black were ASKED to write a letter of support to show unity.
Professor Neil Douglas, Chairman of the Review Group asked the Academy of Royal Colleges and the BMA to produce a letter to demonstrate support of the review group and of the CMO in order to show unity regarding the principles of MMC and Unfinished Business.
We witches would not write a letter of support because we were asked to.
We witches would write a letter of support because WE decided to write a letter of support.
We witches do not respond much to suggestion.
We are independent souls.
We would have said “Go and write your own damned letter of support!”
And in the end, James Johnson had to resign over the letter of support he was asked to write.
I can’t recall the Chairman of the Review Group supporting James Johnson then.
When he resigned.
Or maybe he did, and I’ve forgotten.
Can you remember, My Black Cat?
At the time, The Witch Doctor did not feel it was within the remit of the BMA to come to the defense of a doctor (the CMO) in his capacity as a civil servant, particularly when there was such a groundswell of professional displeasure over MTAS.
Support him as a doctor – yes.
Support him as a civil servant – no.
That is why The Witch Doctor felt, at the time, it was right for James Johnson to resign.
And still does.
BMA fees are not paid to support civil servants or doctors when they are in the role of civil servants.
TIGHT-ROPES CAN GET FANKLED ROUND NECKS
Doctors have to decide which side of the fence they are on. There is a danger when they take on a “management” role nowadays, they become the voice of the government and this can sometimes be at odds with their professional role.
The “creep” creeps insidiously.
As creep does.
And some of these doctors are oblivious that they have crept.
Others know they have crept, but justify their thought and actions to themselves, because it can bring rewards.
But it can also bring grief.
Yes, doctors who become managers/civil servants step on to a precarious tight-rope which few have the balance to safely walk.
The Witch Doctor is curious over the state of Sir Liam Donaldson’s labyrinths.
a red apple ……………………
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