An accepted expedient of public administration
Brian Jarman's comment at the second mid-Staffs inquiry about "public humiliation ... as the system's major quality improvement driver" reminds me of remarks of the Court of Appeal in the cases of Sharon Shoesmith and Rose Gibb (see my personal blog entry). Political pressure to deflect press and public obloquy leads to regulators getting things wrong. Robert Francis has the chance to correct this scapegoating in his review of health regulators.
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