This was written by a consultant colleague, about the first faltering, slightly apologetic steps by the new Secretary of State for Health, Alan Johnson:
"Standard first steps in this weary, dreary, repetitive little dance.
Make reassuring noises and assure the shell shocked troops that this time it's really, really going to be better.
Shuffle paper for 9 or so months.
Pick up a coterie of meddlesome wannabees (recycled, if it's Roy Lillee).
Implement their harebrained, self serving schemes.
Repeat perseveratively the mantra 'the welfare of patients is paramount'.
Resign/get sacked/get moved. Watch the next Health Secretary go to Step 1 above.
Bloody great.....I can't wait."