Does Gordon Brown listen to Dr Grumble? Don't laugh. Don't immediately dismiss the idea. Dr Grumble is about to reveal incontrovertible evidence that he might.
Any long term readers of Dr Grumble will know that this topic has come up before. In the days when Dr Grumble blogged mostly about MTAS and MMC a few of Dr Grumble's readers were convinced that the great and the good who were
wrecking wrestling with doctors' careers were reading what old Grumble had to say. Dr Grumble was never convinced. But there are few people who are not self-centred enough to search the web for their own names. Even now if you enter 'Dr Grumble' into google you will find references to the MMC crisis though most of the original posts were deleted long ago. Did Dr Grumble refer to the individual in charge MTAS/MMC? Well, that would have been a challenge because, as he pointed out, there was nobody in charge. Dr Grumble once had a post saying just that. But nobody listened. But did the great and the good read Grumble? That we will never know. But we do now have a good idea.
Dr Grumble knew the names of all those involved in the MTAS/MMC debacle. He put up their pictures. He raised the issue of resignation. Some resigned. Many did not. These people are powerful. For Dr Grumble it was dangerous territory. Those posts are long gone. Was Dr Grumble's concern for his own welfare justified? He thinks it was. It is now known for sure that the great and the good are lurkers. They want to know what the Grumbles of this world think. But they do not reveal themselves. Can this be damaging? Yes. Does Dr Grumble have any evidence for that. Yes. Dr Grumble was wise to have taken down his previous posts on these topics. As he has said on many occasions, these people are powerful. They have the power to ruin your career. It is just not worth it.
But there is another side to this. If the great and the good read Dr Grumble doesn't this mean that jobbing doctors can actually have an influence on things? And that makes blogging not a pastime but a responsibility. This blog is, perhaps, getting serious.
So what about Gordon Brown? He cannot possibly read the blog. Or can he? Take a look at NHS247. Dr Grumble was invited to put his blog on this site and agreed. Bloggers are easily flattered. And they want to be read. You can find Grumble here. Perhaps you are already reading this on NHS247. Dr Grumble agreed to this without really knowing what NHS247 was all about. When Dr G pressed the 'about us' tab this is what he found:
This will be the principle (sic) source for the Prime Minister to "listen and lead" on healthcare policy.
A site has been set up so that the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, can listen to the likes of Dr Grumble. Is this sensible? What a responsibility for Dr Grumble. Will it be Lord Grumble one day?