Seriously. Every time you update the game in any way, the hirelings become more and more useless. I'm pretty tired of a hireling standing there watching me die, not casting any healing spells, but if I put him on stand your ground, it runs off to fight and get killed all the time.
Now, I'm not saying that you're sabotaging the hirelings on purpose (even if I do believe it), but it's getting ridiculous. No, that's not right. It's getting downright stupid, with a seeming helping of incompetence.
So please, either fix the hirelings, or just take them out completely.