If ever someone were judged on results, Patricia Hewitt would lose her job tomorrow. A poll out this morning shows that if there were a general election today ony 7 per cent of doctors would vote Labour. Let me repeat that. Seven per cent. Conservatives are on 43% (up 16% on 2005)and the LibDems on 15% (up 4%). Labour are down from 24% in 2005.
The poll also found a lack of support for Chancellor Gordon Brown leading the NHS as Prime Minister. Asked "Would the NHS provide a better service under Gordon Brown?", 6% said 'yes', 61% said 'no' and 32% said they were unsure. Just 2% of doctors described their level of morale at work as excellent, with 54% saying it was poor or terrible.
Meanwhile, figures obtained by Shadow Health Secretary Andrew Lansley show that 80% of spending on new hospitals had gone to Labour constituencies. Now there's a surprise. Hasn't done them much good though, has it?