The Bedpan: ‘I reserved the right to trample on the NHS’
Health Service Journal
This week: Dame Sally Davies
was making a lot of noise & not getting anywhere [on government austerity]. I didn’t think that I would get anywhere, so I didn’t go there”. Fascinating interview w/ Ex chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies (aka
Impressively forthright but joyless. Nothing I read about Dame Sally Davies ever makes me want to lead a longer, healthier life
But perhaps most interesting is Dame Sally’s advice on how to work with politicians. Don’t ‘lecture’ them she suggests, appreciate how difficult their job is and give them a narrative to work with.
Asked why the public health/medical lobby have had only limited impact on government policy: “I saw a lot of academics coming in & lecturing ministers ... you’ve got to think ‘where are they coming from’ & frame the issues so it has salience for them.
Ignore the headline. It's an interesting interview