Last Sunday I watched and listened to the Secretary State of Health on BBC One: The Secretary of state began: Politicians often use military metaphors when discussing health and care:Our Prime Minister, David Cameron, has, along with the Alzheimer’s Society, led this “fighting talk”:Fighting talk from omphalos on Vimeo.
Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary State of Health, continued from Westminster:I was struck by the Secretary of State’s use of the word “tend”. Here is the dictionary definition:Is it accurate, based on epidemiology and established science, to say that those over the age of 70 “tend to have” dementia? Might this add to fear? Might this even be a form of ageism?
Dr Margaret McCartney said in her recent BMJ column ” we need a revolution where patients truly come first, not politicians.”