“Oiky”, who has form for falling over and making a prat of himself, was driven to an NHS Treatment Centre by wife - and Daily Mail writer - Sarah “Vain” Vine, only to make the Shock Horror discovery that they were unable to X-Ray the potentially broken foot because he’d turned up at the weekend. Here was the smoking gun, the evidence that proved Jeremy Hunt (the former Culture Secretary) was right.
Ms Vine was deeply insulted: “His work diary was packed (he left home before 8am and returned after I was asleep); Tuesday’s, too … The foot has not yet been X-rayed. Obviously it’s not life threatening. But it is very painful … Trouble is, like most people, he doesn’t have a spare half-day to sit around awaiting the pleasure of the hospital radiographer”. There was more. Rather a lot more.
So the Tel then had to issue a “correction”: “Yesterday’s article … wrongly implied that Michael Gove could get no treatment because all NHS radiology departments close on Sundays … These departments are in fact open 24 hours a day for emergencies in many hospitals other than the minor injuries unit that Mr Gove attended”.
As @beaubodor points out on Twitter, how fortunate that a photographer happened to be passing by.
Why didn't the thick tory twat go private?
After all, he's a millionaire who doubtless one day will be a director in Gove Health Care (UK) Inc.
The rest of us can keep our credit/debit cards handy in case of a street accident and the arrival of a privatised ambulance.
As for Gove's "broken ankle"......it should have been his neck. Then they could bury him in an unmarked grave, you know, like Leon Brittan.
Foot hurts, much pain
Wife writes so vain
Important not to queue
Like all plebs have to do
So much work to do, make a ballyhoo
"NHS so poor, week ends shut the door"
Some fools rave of Care UK
That's to say, they'd love to pay
Some fools fool themselves, I'd say
But they're not foolin' us
Truth hurts, the truth hurts
"We are happy to make this clear". Why don't I believe it?
Also, Tel headline suggests it was the lack of X ray that led to him leaving on crutches. Somehow I doubt whether getting the foot X rayed would have stopped it hurting.
I'm no doctor, but I'm pretty sure an X-ray won't magically mend broken bones and allow Govey to walk un-aided. I assume the "treatment centre" (a mealy-mouthed term if ever I heard one; what's wrong with calling it a clinic?) provided him with those crutches, too?
"provided him with those crutches, too?"
Couldn't he have rung Uber for a wheelchair? Oh.....
Just a point, the MIU is run by the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
From the website: The MIU, based at the Shepton Mallet Community Hospital, is on the same campus as the treatment centre but is in a different building and run exclusively by the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, not Care UK.
CareUK were quick & clear in updating their website & responding to a comment on Twitter to clarify that the MIU is run by NHS.
However, they did not respond to my request for clarification as to whether specifically the closed radiology dept at Shepton Mallet was run by them (CareUK) or the NHS.
CareUK SM's webiste clearly has "Diagnostic Imaging...x-rays..." amongst the services they provide.
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