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Letter: I Christie November 7, 2017


Last week’s news that up to 300,000 people lose their jobs annually through mental illness won’t come as a surprise to everyone who partakes of the daily grind.

As a nation we have bought illogically into the modern myth of “management” as part science and part religion. In previous eras the person in charge was expected to know more about the job than the front-line worker, which facilitated not only a respect for the discipline of the establishment, but, more importantly, a confidence in the engagement of the expertise necessary for its efficiency.

Nowadays a management position can be acquired by usage of the correct “buzzwords” in the interview for the position, rather than actual knowledge, which can result in subsequent mental anguish for the “manager” and “managed” respectively.

Regarding the current revelation about the job losses, gloss has immediately been applied by the Government in an announcement that the Civil Service and the NHS have already boasted signature to an initiative to investigate the problem. I am left to wonder whether we shall soon hear that the fox hunting fraternity have boasted their commitment to animal welfare.


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