Daily Archives: February 2, 2009

Surgical Spirits

snn3001gh_380_722140aThe British National Health Service is under constant pressure these days. NHS staff are over-worked, bureaucracyburdened, morale-defeated and have to cope with one “public outrage” after another. MMR fiasco, waiting lists, super-bugs, dirty wards and now of all things…. ghosts. At the weekend, that bastion of truth and integrity-journalism, The Sun, reported that Derby’s spanking new Royal Hospital has an outbreak of spooks with staff reporting sightings of a black-clad figure stalking the wards or corridors.

Senior manager, Debbie Butler says, “I’m taking it seriously as the last thing I want is staff feeling uneasy at work.” So how do you cleanse a hospital of one unwelcome supernatural belief?  You could try reason and science but you would be wasting your time. Beliefs are pretty immune to such tactics which is why rationalists are barking up the wrong tree when it comes to changing people’s minds. Best way to combat supernatural belief is with another set of supernatural beliefs.

Butler is reported as saying, “I’ve spoken to the Trust’s chaplain and she is going to arrange for someone from the cathedral to exorcise the department.” Now why can’t they do that with MRSA?


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