Whatever the views are about the current dispute with the junior doctors, the use of evidence by the Government is of critical importance. The electorate has to have faith in the evidence that Ministers use to back their decisions.
From the 'dodgy' dossier used to support the invasion of Iraq through to Jeremy Hunt's use of statistics to justify his 'seven day NHS', the more that the Government relies on evidence that can be easily pulled apart, the less faith the electorate will have in it and its decisions.
This leads to mistrust and could lead to less engagement with politics and voting.
The forthcoming EU referendum will see a series of claims and counter claims but many will simply not believe anything that the politicians say, having themselves created this backdrop.
Maybe a good dose of 'More or Less' the Radio 4 programme that digs into statistics would do us all some good - not least politicians.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt used unverified and unpublished study data to back his plans for a seven-day NHS in England, the BBC understands.Last July, in the pay row with junior doctors, Mr Hunt said there were about 6,000 deaths a year because of the lack of "a proper seven-day service".Emails show one of the paper's authors was unhappy with the figure being used.