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Alan Johnson: “Utterly charming. Delusional”

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5407 (Published 21 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5407

Biography

Nobody has a bad word to say about Alan Johnson—not something that can be said of every former health secretary. He held the job for two years (2007-09), during which the mistreatment of patients at Stafford Hospital came to light. His advice to incoming health secretaries: “Say nothing for a month, and defer to the clinicians.” His childhood poverty in London was described in his bestselling memoir, This Boy, which the Times …

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