HSJ last week revealed former Healthcare Commission chair Sir Ian Kennedy had complained about the Commons health select committee’s patient safety report.
The report relied on “tired clichés” such as “light touch regulation”, he said.
But perhaps he should have come up with a better example. A robust response from committee chair Kevin Barron pointed out that the commission had itself used the phrase “light touch” to describe the annual health check.
End Game wonders whether Mr Barron might have pulled some of his punches had he known that Sir Ian was about to be put in charge of policing MPs’ expenses.
Having employed his sister-in-law as a secretary and allegedly expensed £2,000 a month in mortgage interest payments on his London flat, he might choose to adopt a friendlier tone in future.