Propaganda stepped up as new hospital schemes are stalled

Hospital trust chief executives are being told to exaggerate the scale of any new developments by describing any new unit or wing as a “new hospital,” according to a recent revelation  by the HSJ.

This clumsy propaganda intervention follows the ridicule on social media on August 20 when Health Secretary Sajid Javid claimed to be opening one of the Johnson government’s “48 new hospitals” – when he was in fact opening only a cancer centre on the Cumberland Infirmary site in Carlisle. Javid was the only speaker who claimed the Carlisle centre was a new hospital during the opening ceremony.

Full story in The Lowdown, 27 August 2021