'Overweight' boy NHS letter prompts apologyI suppose they had to do something after the right of centre press ridiculed them with gleeful ease. Tom Halton is quite obviously not 'fat' and, being 11, any marginal exceeding of the
The parents of a boy branded "overweight" have received a letter of apology from the Department of Health.
How nice, then, of the BBC to aid the face-saving exercise with the above preamble, suggesting that the DH had seen the error of their ways.
Not the case at all.
The Department of Health said it was sorry to hear Mr Halton was offended and said the letter was not intended to be a judgement on his parenting skills.They were sorry to hear the Dad was offended. Not, you note, sorry that they sent a letter implying that a fit kid was at risk of a nasty early death.
"If we carry on as we are, nine out of ten children today could grow up with dangerous amounts of fat in their bodies. This can cause diseases like cancer, type two diabetes and heart disease."They're not sorry for that because it has been the modus operandi of the Department of Health for the past decade. For them, scaring the public witless is a valid 'public health' approach.
The local PCT are entirely in the clear. As they correctly point out, they were merely dancing to the DH's tune by implementing "national policy".
Whether it be adverts warning of imminent death from a glass of wine, to germs with rows of razor sharp teeth, through terrorising kids and parents, the Department of Health, via the NHS, positively enjoy inflicting fear and discomfort.
They weren't sorry that a perfectly normal 11 year old kid was rendered sick with worry, just that they were exposed for doing so. Rather like a burglar apologising to his victim by expressing remorse for getting caught.
Interestingly, elsewhere on the BBC site is a sign that the public are getting rather fed up with this treatment.
More than two-thirds of those polled in the LGA survey said senior NHS officials should be targeted [for cuts], closely followed by quangos - such as industry regulators - and foreign aid.I couldn't agree more. These certifiable psychopaths have been allowed to bully society for far too long. It's time the scare tactics were reversed.
Threatening to cut the jobs of sadistic shitsticks who consider it acceptable to traumatise primary school kids would be a start.