More bad news for embattled Labour

More bad news for embattled Labour


    Will Alan Johnson come under pressure to resign?

In what’s been a dreadful week for Labour, there’s more bad news for the government today with the 90 deaths from the C difficile bug at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.

Health secretary Alan Johnson has described the deaths as “scandalous” and has told the trust to withold any severance pay to the chief executive who resigned last week.

A police investigation has begun, with the possibility that the trust may face prosecution, while the Healthcare Commission said there had been a “litany” of errors in infection control.

Alan Johnson has often been seen as one of the more sure-footed members of the Government, but with the Conservatives having one of their best weeks for years, will he now come under pressure from them to resign?

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