December 18th, 2013

NHS Accuse Burnham of ‘Misreporting Facts For Political Gain’
Senior Official Says Shadow Health Secretary Misled Commons

A senior NHS official has accused Andy Burnham’s office of “misinterpreting and misreporting” evidence about taxis being used as ambulances “in order to present a grossly inaccurate picture for the purposes of apparent political gain”. Ken Wenman, the chief executive of the South Western Ambulance Service, says that Burnham’s team spun a Freedom of Information response from the service to make the stats look worse than they really are. Guido has his damning letter to the Shadow Health Secretary, in which he concludes “I am astonished that anyone would present such misleading information to the House of Commons.”

This is one he couldn’t cover up…


63 Comments

  1. 1
    anon says:

    That’s like accusing Shipman of making an error on his tax return.

    • 6
      Peter Grimres says:

      7 inch Andy is a ZaNuLaB politician isn’t he. Lying, misrepresentation and blatantly twisting facts is what they do, it’s in the job description!

      • 29
        The BBC says:

        Tune in for latest news on Mandela.

        • 39
          Lord Stansted says:

          Mandela … yes …. now, I’ve heard that name before somewhere.

        • 42
          The BBC says:

          Unfortunately we are too busy reporting the death of Ronnie Briggs (conveniently promoting a 2-part dramatisation stating at 8pm tonight on BBC1) to find space for this in any of our broadcasts.

          • WHAT KIND OF PARASITICAL BENNY LOVING MENTAL TETRAPLEGIC HAS THE UNADULTERATED GALL TO PHONE 999 A AND E AND DEMAND TRANSPORT FOR A CUT FINGER OR A SPRAINED WRIST !

            IN MY TIME I HAVE WALKED REPEAT WALKED THE 15 MINUTES TO MY LOCAL A AND E WITH A SPRAINED ANKLE WHICH WAS DIAGNOSED BORDERLINE FRACTURE …… AND I WALKED HOME WITH THE AID OF A CRUTCH !!!

            AND HOW HAS THIS COUNTRY BECOME SO MIRED IN POLITICAL CORRECTNESS THAT TAXIS ARE SENT FOR SUCH SUPERFICIAL INJURIES WHICH BASIC COMMON SENSE WOULD RESOLVE BY HOUSEHOLD MEDICAMENT I E A STICKING PLASTER OR A BANDAGE .

            WHILST NOT AT ALL DEFENDING BURNHAM I SUGGEST THE WRITER REMOVES THE PLANK FROM HIS OWN EYE BEFORE CRITICISING THE SPLINTER IN OTHERS’

          • Smart Arse says:

            Borderline fracture???? What’s that???? It’s either a fracture or not.

            It sounds similar to being almost pregnant.

        • 62
          BBC Newsreader says:

          “The great man is still dead”.

    • 11
      I hate socialists. says:

      This is exactly why Burnham was such a disaster running the NHS. He has always
      put his own personal ambitions before patients welfare . After Miliband and Balls
      he is the Conservatives best weapon.

    • 13
      LABOUR PARTY TROLL says:

      Jog on fuckers, you can’t do fuck all about what we make the truth

    • 22
      Joe Pubic says:

      I, also, am looking forward to his reply.

  2. 2
    a martian says:

    “I am astonished that anyone would present such misleading information to the House of Commons.”

    • 12
      nell says:

      One has to be very naive to be astonished at anything anyone on the labour shadow bench would do.

    • 18
      Psyche the Dog says:

      There are lies, damn lies, statistics and what the govenment of the day puts out as the unbridled true. So what is new, that is why they employ spinmeisters, anything a government gives out can be taken with a very,very large pich of salt, if found out, say it was someone else’s fault and they didn’t know.

    • 36
      Milibandwagon says:

      This shows just how out of touch the Prime Minister is with the sorts of issue which confront average families up and down the country every day.

  3. 3
    Anonymous says:

    Imagine my surprise!

    • 40
      Fat Pang says:

      The BBC are so surprised that they are not reporting this.
      Another victory for political neutrality and objectivity. And on my watch too!

  4. 4
    Red Menace says:

    That’s Mr Wenman sacked when Eyeshadow returns then . . .

  5. 5
    • 7
      HEARDITALLSEENITALLBEFORE says:

      Typical socialist mong drinking tasteless pisswater lager, anything stronger would put him on his arse .

    • 15
      nell says:

      You’d think he could have had Old Speckled Hen that at least is a proper beer.

    • 30
      Genghiz the kahn says:

      Pint of Kaltz Pilsner, Mr U?

    • 31
      FFS says:

      What is it with this numpty? He’s forever posting pictures of him either eating or drinking or visiting places which produce food and drink.

      Is he taking the piss? Is it like: “My boss told me there’s a cost of living crisis but not for me cos I’m getting lots of free grub and beer paid for by you. Ha!”

    • 41
      Milibandwagon says:

      How disloyal.

  6. 8
    (Not so)Dangerous Brian says:

    If you rearrange the letters of ANDY BURNHAM it actually spells duplicitous lying scumbag of the highest order.
    Or something like that.

  7. 9
    In disgust says:

    At this slaphead trougher trying to present himself as a man of the people, all other customers left the bar.

  8. 10
    HaloGP says:

    Bet he doesn’t come clean on this information of the facts. Instead twisting the truth or sweeping it under the carpet with a if I close my eyes it will disappear method, the events that have come to light recently on patient care while he was in charge.

    Working in the NHS I see daily the effects of what Mr Burnham did to over management and the tick box clipboard culture in the NHS. We have for what reason in our trust an Artist in Residence, that I have no idea what they have done in the 5 yrs they have been here, AN ARTIST!!!

  9. 14
    nell says:

    militwit, bullyballs and andy ‘ nhs death service’ burnham are the best tory weapon for winning the next election.

    Long may it so remain.

  10. 16
    Dave wants Turkish immigrants too says:

    Labour’s election strategy can be summed up in three words – Divide and fool.

  11. 19
    Gordon Brown says:

    Dear Andy if you are reading this I can help

    You can borrow my Invisible cape or some of my loud shouting powder – it only needs mixing with fizzy pop.

  12. 20
    Watching Sky news says:

    Has Burley been crying?

    • 24
      Fishy says:

      It must have been something that Underpants said on Brillo when he mentioned her name just as they were dishing out the mulled wine.

      I can’t recall what Underpants actually said, then, or throughout the show – he was totally incoherent and making himself look an even bigger idiot than he already is.

      He was clearly on something.

  13. 25
    No Name says:

    Perhaps AB’s afraid that non-unionised minicab drivers will start to wonder why over time so many more patients get dropped off than picked up at various NHS hospitals.

  14. 26
    altruism in industry says:

    Taxi for Burnham

  15. 28
    Anonymous says:

    Is he afraid that non-union cabbies will start to wonder why over time so many more patients get dropped off than picked up at various N H S hospitals?

    • 34
      Andy Burnham says:

      Zer should be no need for taxis. Ze trains now stop directly at ze inzinerators.

    • 47
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      Probably because patients use taxis in an emergency to get into hospital, then most use an ambulance to leave. comparatively few, but still too many, use a hearse to leave hospital. You don’t know how sorry I am to come up with that explanation.

  16. 35
    Ed Balls says:

    Ed Balls

  17. 37
    Anonymous says:

    Goodness, Guido, that’s almost as bad as claiming that notional projected mortality statistics represent actual deaths in NHS hospitals due to poor care.

    • 49
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      You’re right. Actual death figures are a closely-guarded NHS secret, especially from Parliamentary Commissions, FOI requests, etc. The Public do not need to know, just pay up so that NHS management can continue to live in their now-accustomed style.

  18. 43
    Not the BBC says:

    Dear Guardian, could you please come up with a story a bit sharpish? We need to report something and we can’t report this for obvious reasons so get a move on.

    Lots of love – the BBC xx

  19. 44
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    The hypocritical Burnham is speaking in the house. Burnham is a shit of a human being.

  20. 48
    BBC says:

    Next week we are beginning a new series on Nelson Mandela live from South Africa.. DecompositionWatch will be hosted by Bill Oddie and will run nightly forever.

  21. 50
    Abdel from Tooting says:

    Right straight down the Police Station with that report and do not leave until they have given you an official police number.

  22. 52
    Phah says:

    Its a stitch up. No word of it on on the box so can’t be true

  23. 59
    Andy Burnham: Cereal killer in the NHS. says:

    Labour’s strategy is to be covert, underhand and as twisted as a cork screw and if that does not work, they resort to lies, lies & more lies!

  24. 60
  25. 63
    Graham says:

    Burnham should apologise to the Commons for lying. But , of course , all MPs lie in the Commons so he did nothing wrong.


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“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?


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