Sunday, April 12, 2009

Are they taking the piss?

On a day when the details of the infamous smear emails are all over the news - which included the intended smear that George Osborne's wife was going a bit mental - I found it particularly amsuing to see that the Department of Health issued a press release complete with quotes from Care Services Minister, Phil Hope, noting,
A new vision for mental health and wellbeing

The millions of people who suffer from or might face mental illness at some point in their lives will be the focus of a new strategy, Care Services Minister Phil Hope announced today.

"New Horizons" is a new strategy that will promote good mental health and well-being, whilst improving services for people who have mental health problems. It will build on the National Service Framework for mental health - widely acknowledged as the catalyst for a transformation in mental health care over the last ten years - which comes to an end in 2009.
No doubt cock-up rather than conspiracy, but it says alot about the competence of the DoH press officers in grasping a sense of timing.


Anonymous said...

I'm sure I read somewhere about a Berkeley educated mental health expert who will soon have more time on his hands to take on some extra patients. Maybe this will help him...

T' old 'un said...

It would appear that whosoever contrived that "press release" is in need of serious counselling and/or treatment him/herself.
It is utter bollocks.
How much has it cost? Why?
If this is the best he can do, there is little hope for Hope!!!

Anonymous said...

"Good day to bury bad news"