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 pioneer, writer, campaigner and commentator. Formerly a clinical optometrist specialising in diabetes and visual impairment, she is the founder and Director of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal and Social. 2020health has through research, events and campaigning influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. In 2014, 2020health were founding partners of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Since 2016, 2020health has increasingly focused on digital health and public health in the community. Julia is a Fellow of the RSA and now also a part-time PhD student at the UCL Interaction Centre, studying the use of digital technology for stress management in the workplace. Julia has shared 2020health's research widely in the media (BBC News, ITV, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions & Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 4 Today, PM and Woman's Hour, LBC) and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week.
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