A man of great detail and Queen’s Council precision,
A million coldly clinical words too late.
About 1200 elderly deaths too many.
290 belated recommendations of regret,
Put sticking plasters on a very ill NHS.
But is this a case for sticking plasters,
When the infection has already spread,
Through burdensome elderly no-care wards,
Or does this epidemic need more radical surgery ?
Precision is not a substitute for vision,
But when Francis was commissioned,
Did the Government want him to see,
The awful and shameful bigger picture ?
Lack of money and courage,
Is what causes Political myopia.
By examining the patient through a microscope,
You do not see the whole person.