REMEMBER when Andrew Lansley went to the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead back in March and refused to talk to the press? Away from the cheery official photoshoot pictures, the Health Secretary ended up being chased through the corridors as hecklers bust their way in. It was the latter that ended up dominating the reporting. That said a new report on ‘communications’ filed for the hospital’s board says the incident did not lead to any bad coverage – it led to only positive coverage and neutral coverage. In fact, according to the update in the quarterly reports, the visit was simply ‘a major source of neutral coverage’. Mr Lansley will be delighted.
Given all of that, the hospital won’t mind a little link back to journalist Tom Foot’s New Journal piece in which he fairly describes the visit as a bit of a farce. What a crazy afternoon that was.