Jacqui Smith - prancing around on Strictly while University Hospitals Birmingham suffer

Jacqui Smith - prancing around on Strictly while University Hospitals Birmingham suffer

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Dame Jacqui Smith today appeared on Strictly Come Dancing.

She is the chair of the largest NHS Trust in the UK (University Hospitals Birmingham), during a time of major crisis i.e. the second COVID-19 wave.  We are already in a Tier Two lockdown.  I am a haematologist within the Trust she apparently chairs.

Our Chief Executive Dr David Rosser has made numerous statements to the press recently, describing the fear and foreboding we all sense towards rising cases.

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/more-200-covid-patients-birmingham-19105001

She sent me a very trite card, after I spent 3 months heading up the outpatient haematology cancer service at Good Hope Hospital alone when my colleagues were sent to COVID rotas.

Now that we are facing a similarly perilous situation, she has swanned off to London to dance.

This is a dereliction of duty.  If ever there was a time to have figureheads in place for NHS organisations that are struggling, it is now.  Dame Jacqui would rather wear sequins than look after her charge.

FOI request: is she still drawing her salary?

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