It had to happen - the caredata debacle and the reaction of NHS IT boss Tim Kelsey, has been immortalised in a classic "Downfall" parody by Paul Bernal.
The video found an unexpected fan - Kelsey's boss, NHS Chief David Nicholson, who tweeted the Hitler parody video of his employee to the world.
Tim Kelsey responded through gritted teeth:
The downfall thing funny @paulbernal but (and am not the PC police) think care.data is a big issue: should not be too silly— Tim Kelsey (@tkelsey1) February 27, 2014
As a public figure Kelsey is of course fair game for satire and media critique - but he might have hoped for something more supportive in public from his boss than this apparant glee in his discomfiture.
Nicholson's pre-retirement venture onto Twitter has been notably "relaxed" but this latest tweet raised eyebrows about the management culture at the top of the NHS:February 27, 2014 February 27, 2014 February 28, 2014
NHS whistleblower Gary Walker was amongst those commenting:
@garywalkeruk yeah, I didn't think it was an appropriate thing for a boss to do, either. Difference between "kicking up" and "kicking down"— Claire OT (@claireOT) February 28, 2014
Nicholson has now deleted the tweet, apologised, and replaced it with something more supportive of his embattled colleague.
@tkelsey1 sorry this is what happens when you give an old bloke with an over developed sense of humour new tech you're doing a great job X— David Nicholson (@DavidNichols0n) February 28, 2014
Nicholson - shortly to retire - is perhaps a little demob happy. But Kelsey's old colleague Professor Sir Brian Jarman thought perhaps there was a little more to it, and helpfully reminded OurNHS:February 28, 2014
"NHS CE" refers to David Nicholson, formerly head of the Strategic Health Authority (SHA) whose failings over Mid-Staffs (leading to calls for Nicholson's resignation) were publicised partly as a result of the controversial "HSMR" death rate figures Tim Kelsey's Dr Foster outfit produced - with Jarman's help.
Nice to see them all sticking together!
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