Tuesday, 3 April 2007

An apology is not enough

From the BBC website:

Patricia Hewitt, the Health Secretary, has apologised to junior doctors for the first time for the failure of the new recruitment process that left thousands of well qualified doctors without the prospect of a job.

Hewitt has apologised for the recruitment fiasco
Hewitt: 'We are now sorting it out'

Ms Hewitt acknowledged that the new online system had caused “terrible anxiety” and that it was “nowhere near where it should have been”.

She said: “That is exactly why junior doctors have been caused this absolutely needless anxiety and distress and I am very sorry indeed that has happened.

It must be pretty catastrophic if a politician apologizes, but that's not enough. We need a proper system of recruitment, and we need a new minister (preferably one who actually listens.)

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