You will no doubt carry off your duties of quiz master with your usual aplomb, entertaining the audience with mock looks of surprise as you reveal the answers.

T o: Don Wise, chief executive

From: Paul Servant, assistant chief executive

Re: He said, she said

 

Dear Don,

We are all looking forward to the annual trust charity quiz night, which will fund some eye-catching therapeutic art for the atrium. I know the chairman of the arts committee has his eye on a rather fetching, half-tonne lump of coal that makes an ironic, post-modern statement about energy, industry, modernity and, presumably, fossilisation.

You will no doubt carry off your duties of quiz master with your usual aplomb, entertaining the audience with mock looks of surprise as you reveal the answers. I have prepared some questions for you (answers below).

Who said…

1. ‘What I’ve learned has deepened my admiration for NHS staff and my absolute determination to give you the support you need.’

2. ‘There does seem to be a gap here between what patients are experiencing and what hospitals are saying… I expect the chair and chief executive of every hospital… to check they are really delivering on what they say they are.’

3. ‘You’ve taught me that there is now too much top-down micro-management, too much emphasis on targets set by ministers.’

4. ‘My feeling at the moment is that, if you withdrew the central pressure, the system would start to retreat.’

5. ‘I know that excitement is probably not the emotion most of you feel right now. Anxiety. Uncertainty. Weariness that change never seems to end - and that change seems to be done to you, not by you.’

6. ‘We, the politicians, have to back you when you have the courage to make those changes - and we will - and you need to have the confidence to make the argument for service improvements.’

7. ‘It makes no sense to take successful, established services from Hope and rebuild them elsewhere.’

(Answers: 1. Patricia Hewitt, NHS Confederation speech 2. Patricia Hewitt, Today programme 3. Patricia Hewitt, NHS Confed speech 4. Tony Blair, House of Commons, January 2007 5. Patricia Hewitt, NHS Confed speech 6. Tony Blair, NHS Confed speech 7. Hazel Blears, Salford)