I also see the way in which those staff have carried "on their backs" the burden of many politically driven changes over recent years - some good, some bad, most not well thought through. They have adapted to and espoused them with extraordinary flexibility and generosity, even good humour; they have worked tirelessly to safeguard the interests of patients and students.
I have already seen, heard and felt the deeply pained responses of my staff to the Prime Minister's ill-judged comments. Many of us, regardless of political views, looked to this government for a shift from the blame culture and undermining of professionals that characterised the last administration. How wrong we were.
Professor ANTHONY J PINCHING