Just six months after leaving her job as Secretary of State for Health, Patricia Hewitt, (the woman who put the "pat" into patronizing) has joined Boots as an advisor. Presumably this relates to Boots interest in helping to privatize General Practice.
The appointment does not seem to have unqualified approval, to judge from this letter in today's Daily Telegraph:
Sir - Our local branch of Boots the Chemist provides a vital service to the community and I have no problem with it.
However, Boots has recruited Patricia Hewitt as an adviser. Frankly, she was the most appalling Health Secretary we have had to endure. It is a scandal that she is rewarded for her incompetence in this way.
I now refuse to shop in Boots.
Dr Mark McCartney, Liskeard, Cornwall
If other NHS employees follow Dr McCartney's excellent example, Mrs Hewitt's appointment may not have totally the desired effect.