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Tweet by former Welsh Secretary branded ‘stupidest ever’ by site’s users

17 Dec 2022 3 minute read
John Redwood MP by Richard Townshend (CC BY 3.0)

A tweet from a former Welsh Secretary has been branded the ‘stupidest ever’ by some of the social media site’s users after he questioned why the NHS bed shortage wasn’t solved by simply putting in more beds.

“We hear how the NHS is short of beds. Why don’t managers put more in?” John Redwood, who led the Wales Office under PM John Major’s second government between 1993 and 1995, asked on Twitter.

Despite John Redwood being considered one of the Brexit-supporting right’s leading intellectuals, most of the almost 10,000 responses were uncomplimentary.

Many users pointed out that the bed shortage did not refer to a shortage of actual beds but the availability and capability of NHS staff to care for the people in them.

Jamie Murphy said: “The limitation isn’t the frame and the mattress, if it were we’d have cracked covid with the DFS sale in Jan 2021.”

“This is humiliating, John,” Kerith Taylor said. “You’ve been an MP for decades, and you still don’t realise that when the NHS refers to a bed shortage they’re not referring to the beds themselves.”

Ruth Ware asked: “You do understand that when they refer to beds they’re not literally referring to pieces of furniture, but to the staff capacity to look after patients?”

Another user said: “A ‘bed’ is a unit of activity. It requires resources to run it. It need staff (not just nurses but every other type of support staff). It requires equipment, consumables, drugs, electricity, oxygen, food etc. Your party has failed to provide the resources needed to run them.”

Cris Dafis said: “Wow, what a good idea. You should be in some major decision-making position in the UK. Your genius would save a failing state.”

Another jokily suggested that if only the NHS had “bunk beds” their problems would be solved.

However most contented themselves with calling the tweet “stupid”, while many others questioned whether it was a parody account.

Thomas James said: “This might possibly be the stupidest thing anybody has ever tweeted.”

An analysis by the Health Foundation this year found that the four NHS services across the nations of the UK have fewer beds per 100,000 population compared to other health systems in comparable countries.

John Redwood’s time as Welsh Secretary is best remembered for his attempts to pretend to sing the Welsh National Anthem, as seen below.


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Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
1 month ago

There is no one in and there is no light on.

Valerie Matthews
Valerie Matthews
1 month ago

What an idiot! Is he really that ignorant? Beds need STAFF there aren’t enough of them you sad little man!

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
1 month ago

Yes he really is.

The Original Mark
The Original Mark
1 month ago

Welcome to planet tory.

Cymro765
Cymro765
1 month ago

He can sing a good anthem though……….oh wait, erm maybe not!

Ivor Schilling
Ivor Schilling
1 month ago

On the spectrum.

Rhufawn Jones
Rhufawn Jones
1 month ago

And I bet he’s probably one of these buffoons that thinks Wales is still a principality. Arch-dwpsyn.

John Richardson
John Richardson
1 month ago

This now explains why my suggestion of making the beds 50% smaller so you could double capacity was never taken up. I feel such a fool now.

The Original Mark
The Original Mark
1 month ago

A stupid person makes a stupid tweet/comment, the only unsurprising thing about this is that he’s a tory.

Geraint
Geraint
1 month ago

He is gift that keeps in giving! Always great to have the opportunity to see him ‘signing’ our national anthem.

David Charles pearn
David Charles pearn
1 month ago

And there idiots run the UK 🤪.

David Charles pearn
David Charles pearn
1 month ago

These

Martyn Young
Martyn Young
1 month ago

Is he really this stupid or is it clickbait for unthinking tory supporters?

Rhosddu
Rhosddu
1 month ago

Give us a song, John!

Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
1 month ago

Perhaps NC ought to re-consider its policy of reporting comments by Welsh related Tories. They always have very little useful to say and are always ready to run down Wales. So how about a New Year Resolution – Ignore the Puff from the Tory Right Wing.

Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
1 month ago
Reply to  Peter Cuthbert

But every news outlet needs a light-relief section, Peter.

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