The Paterson enquiry has
damned the medics this time, whereas,
in the past they’ve covered up
and never really looked close-up.
This profession has been the pits
for supporting callous twits
who clearly have little regard
for what goes on in their backyard.
Every time something goes wrong
it surely won’t be very long
before the medics will close ranks
and victims are then met with blanks.
It smacks of a conspiracy
lacking in legitimacy,
and showing an amoral stance
towards what might be happenstance.
Paterson got twenty years
for playing on his patient’s fears
and operating, no matter what
conditions patients had not got.
And though this man’s a criminal
the punishment was minimal
for putting patients to the knife
and devastating every life.
But what about those folks around
who by inaction, could be found
to be this man’s accomplices
and brought before the justices?
What this enquiry has shown
is: ‘other people COULD have known’,
and: ‘other people SHOULD have known’
and: ‘other people MUST have known’.
If that’s the case, then we should chase
accomplices at the interface.
B. Withers 2020