Greedy, tosser and arrogant – so what’s new?

The Lancet. A very well known medical journal to doctors and students, the press, and politicians. All probably regard the journal in high esteem.

Why? Didn’t it publish ‘that MMR paper’? Well, yes. Maybe it hasn’t got everything right, but here’s a list of what it important medical and health milestones it’s trumpeted over its 188 year publishing history.

Description of shell shock (1918), Florey’s announcement of the value of penicillin (1940), the first evidence that thalidomide was linked to birth defects (1961), a description of vCJD (1996). Not bad eh?

But wait… is that a snigger I hear? Why, it’s Andrew Lansley! He’s that chap they’ve all been rapping about! He doesn’t like The Lancet? Because it disagrees with his redisorganisation of the NHS? Listen to what he has to say about one of the world’s best known, oldest, and most respected general medical journals…

Speaks for itself really.

This is what Thomas Wakley, founder of The Lancet said in 1823, “A lancet can be an arched window to let in the light or it can be a sharp surgical instrument to cut out the dross and I intend to use it in both senses”.

Another notch on The Lancet’s score card then – one of the first journals to let in the light on Lansley’s plan for botching up the health service for his ‘private-sector bed-partner’ gains, and to help cut out the dross that has been allowed to seep into the House of Commons incarnated as Andrew Lansley’s Health and Social Care Bill.

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About James Chan

I am the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for The Green Party in the St Helens South and Whiston constituency. I grew up locally, before moving to Leeds in 2004 to study, and now work as an A&E doctor. I currently live in Eccleston, St Helens.
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