Imagine you are very late home. And I mean late.
You creep up the stairs at 3 am, placing your feet carefully at
the extreme edge of each step missing that third creaky step. You
push the bedroom door open and pad gently across the floor.
Forget brushing your teeth, way too noisy. You can flush in the
As you remove your trousers too late you remember the coins in
the back pocket. As they crash to the wooden floor your other half
springs into action.
"What the hell time do you call this?" and "Where on earth have
"Very good questions dear, I'll tell you in the morning" is your
Information is sent by us to the other party regardless of
whether we actually answer the questions they pose or not.
Sometimes clarity even with bad news may be better than leaving the
other side to imagine their own scenario.
The furor surrounding the British NHS last week was exacerbated
around the apparent hypocrisy in how and if information should be
shared. On one hand the government minister responsible Jeremy
Hunt, called for an environment of openness and trust.
On the other, NHS senior officials claim they had been forced
from their positions and made to sign 'gagging orders' preventing
them from exposing the lack of care, stringent targets and budget
restrictions have created in many of Britain's hospitals.
The previous pride of Britain, deified by Danny Boyle at the
start of the Olympics last year, it seems the NHS has hit very bad
Being open about it may just help to sort it out.
Creating a culture of secrecy and confusion may send a very
dangerous message indeed.