Siemens Healthcare names new ultrasound territory manager

Peter Downing has been selected as North East Territory Manager for Ultrasound.

In his new role Downing will be responsible for promoting the range of acuson diagnostic ultrasound systems and supporting the needs of customers across the regional areas of East Midlands, Yorkshire and the North East.

Siemens said that Mr Downing joins from a multi-modality account management role at GE Healthcare and also brings to Siemens a background in ultrasound sales from Esaote.

Mr Downing said: "Ultrasound offers exciting diagnostic opportunities in today's healthcare environment and I'm delighted to join the Siemens team at a time of great innovation.

"Handheld ultrasound such as the Acuson P10 offers the potential as a digital stethoscope on the wards plus an off-site triage tool, and the next generation Acuson S2000 will greatly enhance clinical workflow and diagnostic confidence. I am looking forward to championing the functionality and benefits of the range of solutions in the North East region."

Declan Dunphy, product manager for Ultrasound at Siemens Healthcare said: "Peter will be a great addition to the team having worked within the NHS and in industry. We look forward to his contribution in supporting the requirements of Trusts as they look for greater productivity returns from diagnostic ultrasound."

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No, David Cameron’s speech was not “left wing”

Come on, guys.

There is a strange journalistic phenomenon that occurs when a party leader makes a speech. It is a blend of groupthink, relief, utter certainty, and online backslapping. It happened particularly quickly after David Cameron’s speech to Tory party conference today. A few pundits decided that – because he mentioned, like, diversity and social mobility – this was a centre-left speech. A leftwing speech, even. Or at least a clear grab for the liberal centre ground. And so that’s what everyone now believes. The analysis is decided. The commentary is written. Thank God for that.

Really? It’s quite easy, even as one of those nasty, wicked Tories, to mention that you actually don’t much like racism, and point out that you’d quite like poor children to get jobs, without moving onto Labour's "territory". Which normal person is in favour of discriminating against someone on the basis of race, or blocking opportunity on the basis of class? Of course he’s against that. He’s a politician operating in a liberal democracy. And this isn’t Ukip conference.

Looking at the whole package, it was actually quite a rightwing speech. It was a paean to defence – championing drones, protecting Britain from the evils of the world, and getting all excited about “launching the biggest aircraft carriers in our history”.

It was a festival of flagwaving guff about the British “character”, a celebration of shoehorning our history chronologically onto the curriculum, looking towards a “Greater Britain”, asking for more “national pride”. There was even a Bake Off pun.

He also deployed the illiberal device of inculcating a divide-and-rule fear of the “shadow of extremism – hanging over every single one of us”, informing us that children in UK madrassas are having their “heads filled with poison and their hearts filled with hate”, and saying Britain shouldn’t be “overwhelmed” with refugees, before quickly changing the subject to ousting Assad. How unashamedly centrist, of you, Mr Prime Minister.

Benefit cuts and a reduction of tax credits will mean the Prime Minister’s enthusiasm for “equality of opportunity, as opposed to equality of outcome” will be just that – with the outcome pretty bleak for those who end up losing any opportunity that comes with state support. And his excitement about diversity in his cabinet rings a little hollow the day following a tubthumping anti-immigration speech from his Home Secretary.

If this year's Tory conference wins the party votes, it’ll be because of its conservative commitment – not lefty love bombing.

Anoosh Chakelian is deputy web editor at the New Statesman.