I don't normally get many comments on my blog and I don't think I have a very wide readership so I was surprised to get so many comments on my previous piece on Mercury Health having their contract withdrawn. There were two or three genuine ones from people who regularly read and comment on medical blogs but most were from employees of Mercury itself and even a couple from people claiming to be satisfied customers of the service. My first thought was that my story had been picked up by CNN or the BBC but I have found no evidence of this. The conclusion I have reached is that Mercury has ventured into news management and set up a Blog Rebuttal Unit. I presume their employees were told to get on their computers and try to rubbish my story.
To a man (or woman) they chose to make it a personal attack on me while seeking public sympathy for their individual plight, now that the grunts at the front line have lost their jobs.
It hasn't gone terrifically well for them. Unfortunately most of their employees don't seem to be able to write English and even the ones who can missed the point that my piece was about the reversal of government policy and not a personal attack on Mercury employees or the quality of their scans. Rather than delete the worst of the comments I left them on because they portray better than anything I can write the nature of the people who will be providing health care if the Nulabour reforms succeed.
I will even go as far as giving additional prominence to some of the comments:
Rubenac Beaaaverr said... I am a radiographer who came to UK to join the Mercury team . My line manager is Claire and throughout the whole induction period and competency testing she has shown me values that I have never experienced before. I have loved working as part of this team, I am proud that I have been involved. I go home with regret, a distrust of Uk politics and a firm belief that Uk radiologists are complete wankers....
Does anyone else have trouble understanding this? It's no wonder they were told to stop posting later in the day when the quality of these front-line staff was becoming clear for all to see.