In which Handcock shows he's never had a job in the real world, doesn't know about so many business' policies on sick leave, and doesn't know anything about disciplinary processes in Government Departments either.
Britons should stop "soldiering on" by going to work when sick and making others ill, the health secretary says.
Matt Hancock said people in the UK were "peculiarly unusual and outliers" for still going to work when unwell.
He made the comments in a joint session of the Health and Social Care and the Science and Technology committees...
..."Why in Britain do we think it's acceptable to soldier on and go into work if you have flu symptoms or a runny nose, thus making your colleagues ill?
"I think that's something that is going to have to change...
He's right. That *does* have to change.
..."If you have, in future, flu-like symptoms, you should get a test for it and find out what's wrong with you, and if you need to stay at home to protect others, then you should stay at home.
"We are peculiarly unusual and outliers in soldiering on and still going to work, and it kind of being the culture that 'as long as you can get out of bed you still should get into work'. That should change...
We are not "peculiarly unusual ... in soldiering on". The need to come in to work when feeling unwell for fear of discipline/sacking was imported from good ol' USA business practices - as if Handcock didn't know.
Is he advocating a u-turn on business (including Civil Service) practice, so instead of being disciplined or sacked for having "too many" sick-days, employees will be disciplined or sacked for turning up with a cold?*
He can't have it both ways.
Ideally it would be neither, but there's no money to be made paying people to sit at home when they're not actually bed-ridden.
This age thinks better of a gilded fool / Than of a threadbare saint in Wisdom's school - Thomas Dekker c1598