Paramedic Stuart Gardner said he had seen patients being treated in corridors at the Worcester Royal Hospital and said conditions were the worst he had seen in his 26-year experience.
In response he was informed by the chief operating officer of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust that he was "not welcome" on either of its two sites - apparently on the basis that he had upset staff.
So did the Secretary of State for Health say publicly that such victimisation by state officials was unacceptable?
The union Unison took up the case. They and the management have now issued a joint statement:
Unison and Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust have agreed that the Trust does not have the authority to exclude an individual paramedic from its premises and the paramedic has received an apology for the suggestion that he should be excluded.In the phrase beloved of state officials who mess up, what are the "lessons to be learned"?
- Management thought that picking on an individual was the right thing to do.
- They assumed they could get away with it.
- The ministers we pay to run the NHS did ... nothing at all. It took a trade union to swing in and put these power-mad state officials in their place.
- Managements will keep getting away with this until there are consequences for them personally. Which there is no sign of yet.