CONTROVERSIAL surgeon John Riddington Young is the principal author of a new book which criticises the NHS management system. He put it together last year while he was suspended on full pay from his post as consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon at North

CONTROVERSIAL surgeon John Riddington Young is the principal author of a new book which criticises the NHS management system.He put it together last year while he was suspended on full pay from his post as consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon at North Devon District Hospital.His two fellow authors are both hospital consultants, one retired. The preface to the book, Hospital Revolution, published by Blake Publishing, begins: "The authors, who are all hospital consultants, feel that the layman has no awareness of the intense internecine power struggle that is going on in hospitals between the medical staff and the administrators."The public are amazed to learn that in most hospitals these administrators are paid higher salaries than the most senior and experienced doctors."The publishers' synopsis of the book, due, it is understood, to be serialised in a national newspaper, says:"There is no doubt that the NHS is very sick, possibly terminally ill. The cause of this illness is that it has a huge cancerous growth inside, sapping it of all its strength. This malignant mass is the management system."Mr Riddington Young, 60, from Horwood, told the Gazette that the book, the sixth he has written, touched on a number of personal experiences during nearly 40 years of service with the NHS.Last June he was suspended for two weeks by Northern Devon Healthcare Trust following allegations that he had made a racist remark to a nurse.He attended an internal disciplinary hearing dressed in a borrowed Nigerian suit.The Crown Prosecution Service decided to take no action due to lack of evidence.