One hoped that a new team at the MoD and government in general would curb some of the excessive media management that so characterised the Labour government.
Sitting and watching the TV or reading the news online this week it would seem that old habits die hard.
Splashed all over the media was the excellent news about the new National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Centre for Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. The reports also featured the fact that the NHS has benefited from techniques pioneered in Afghanistan by the medics in theatre, many of whom are NHS employees.
Absolutely brilliant news, the synergy between military and civilian medicine being realised for the benefit of all.
I don’t think anyone was surprised by the cuts and many of them are anachronisms anyway, the whole system has needed simplification for a long time but it will hit many people hard.
But the timing is pretty shoddy.