It’s always someone else’s fault

The private sector is being blamed in the Telegraph for wasting tax payers money – being paid for operations that didn’t take place. But shouldn’t the blame lie with those who negotiated the contracts and the managers who didn’t use the paid-for places?

Meanwhile in the Guardian, Cameron and Clegg are being blamed for continued uncertainty about the health Bill. We haven’t been given a public timetable for this process which doesn’t help but the real problem is that certain Lib Dems are holding Nick Clegg to ransom on this Bill for political, not health, reasons. They want to be seen to be the NHS saviours and have made it a leadership issue for Clegg.

Meanwhile the independent has picked up on the weekend story that many children are significantly weaker than they were 10 years ago due to their increased sedentary lifestyles. I know we live in tech driven times, but I see this as a dereliction of duty by parents and schools. Many children don’t get the recommended 5 hours of physical activity at school and many parents don’t insist on their children getting exercise, and make the time to enable this.

Obesity is in the news again, and the Lancet reviews the new NICE guidelines on preventing type 2 diabetes which is a high risk outcome of being fat. They conclude: “…but the involvement of commercial partners must not be used to shift responsibility away from providers of public health”. What about the responsibility of you and me not to overeat?!

I could go on, but you get my drift. While we go on thinking it’s someone else’s fault and taking our focus off the real problems there isn’t going to be any progress.


About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social entrepreneur, writer, campaigner and commentator. She is based in London and is the founder and Chief Executive of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal. Through networking, technology, research, relationships and campaigning 2020health has influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. Julia studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991. Her career has included being a visiting lecturer at City University, a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital, working with south London Primary Care Trusts and as a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. She specialised in diabetes (University of Warwick Certificate in Diabetic Care) and founded Julia Manning Eyecare in 2004, a home and prison visiting practice for people with mental and physical disabilities using the latest digital technology, which she sold to Healthcall (now part of Specsavers) in 2009. Experiences of working in the NHS, contributing to policy development, raising two children in the inner-city and standing in the General Election in Bristol in 2005 led to Julia forming 2020health at the end of 2006. Julia is a regular guest on TV and radio shows such as BBC News, ITV’s Daybreak/ GMB, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions, BBC Radio, LBC and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week. She is mum to a rugby-mad son, a daughter passionate about Shakespeare, and wife of a comprehensive school assistant head-teacher. She loves gardening, ballet, Zimbabwe, her Westies Skye and Angus, is an honorary research associate at UCL and a Fellow of the RSA.
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