The Chief Medical Officer, Liam Donaldson, announced his retirement this week.
This is how the news was greeted by one reader of the Doctors Net UK website:
"Well, you were CMO during MMC/MTAS, possibly the biggest ***-up in medical training ever. You were also CMO during the spell that hospitals turned into dirt-ridden cess-pits, and when hospitals started killing off all their patients with bugs like C diff. And you were the CMO that blundered through the 'flu crisis', with management that made most GPs shake their head slowly, wondering quite what was going on.
And so you choose to stand down, just because you chums in government are going to lose an election.
Any chance you could *** off earlier?"