Views & Reviews From the Frontline

All in it together?

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 30 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8168

Re: All in it together?

Des Spence is right: “When influential people do not use the NHS they have no vested interest in making it work.” [1] Ann Clwyd, the Labour MP for Cynon Valley, has recently complained in the media about alleged serious failures in the care of her husband in a NHS hospital: he died there "like a battery hen". [2] This experience prompted Clwyd to raise the issue of unacceptable NHS nursing care in a question to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, in the House of Commons. [3]

It is instructive that the MP felt she had no alternative but to speak publicly about her plight: “…if I couldn't get anyone [at the hospital] to listen to me, how do other people manage it?” [2]

1. Spence D. All in it together? BMJ 2012;345:e8168. (30 November.)
2. Hill A. Ann Clwyd: my husband died like a battery hen in hospital. Guardian 2012 Dec 05.
3. Prime Minister’s Question Time. 2012 Dec 05.

Competing interests: No competing interests

14 December 2012
Alex C W May
independent researcher
Manchester M13 9DP, UK