By David Vance On December 23rd, 2012 at 8:25 am
How we loved the tribute to the NHS in the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony.
Why we had kids bouncing on giant beds and nurses and doctors danced with joy at their involvement in the “envy of the world”. Let’s be straight here; the NHS is a totem for the political LEFT and those who dare criticise it are presented as outcasts. Then you read this;
“NHS Alexandra Hospital in Redditch is writing to 38 families after a massive legal action that exposed years of bad practice, ranging from nurses taunting patients to leaving an elderly woman unwashed for 11 weeks.
In one of the worst cases, a man had starvation recorded as the cause of his death after being treated at the hospital for two months.
Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, said last night that he was “disgusted and appalled” by what the families had been through, and that the Government was acting to ensure that failings in care were detected more quickly.
Bereaved relatives had told how vulnerable patients were left to starve when trays were placed out of their reach, while others were left in soaking bedsheets.”
Starved to death. Taunted by nurses. The GRIM reality of the NHS. The statist monolith kills around 12,000 patients needlessly per year. It is the single biggest threat to our health. It is a totem that merits intense criticism and what has happened at Redditch is by no means unique. I say shame on the NHS.
By David Vance On November 5th, 2012 at 8:30 am
Socialised medicine will always lead to death panels. It’s obvious;
“A senior cancer specialist today condemned the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway as a corrupt and scandalous system used to free hospital beds of the old and sick. Professor Mark Glaser said the Pathway – in use across the NHS as a way to ease the suffering of the dying – is employed by Health Service managers to clear bed space and to achieve targets that bring more money to their hospitals. The professor, who treated former Labour Cabinet minister Mo Mowlam during her last illness, said practices in British hospitals are ‘morally bad medicine’ and that he would personally ‘never be treated in a hospital in England’.
I believe the Professor to be right. The NHS has finite resource and so it will use every possible “process” to reduce costs – including fast tracking the death of patients. Socialism kills.
By Mike Cunningham On October 7th, 2012 at 12:38 pm
When your family relies on the NHS all the time – day after day, night after night – you know how precious it is.
David Cameron, 2006
By David Vance On July 27th, 2012 at 10:08 am
I was wondering how many NHS staff have been sent to prison following this inadvertent admission of their gross incompetency..
“Six thousand patients are dying every year because hospital staff are not properly monitoring vital signs.”
6000? That’s like two 9/11′s EACH year. And yet this is casually dismissed as just one of those pesky things that gets in the way of the overall goodness of our socialised Healthcare system, truly remarkable. Each of those 6000 stats was a precious life, a dear family member. They have gone to eternity because “hospital staff are not properly monitoring vital signs” – or, if you prefer, because they are negligent resulting in the patients death. Is it any wonder people want to stay OUT of the killing fields that are NHS hospitals?
By David Vance On July 9th, 2012 at 8:03 am
I recall Sarah Palin getting herself into a whole lot of trouble when she warned that socialised healthcare would lead to de facto death panels. She was derided mercilessly for making such a suggestion. Well, here’s a little news from the UK and it’s wonderful socialised National Health Service…
Tens of thousands of patients with terminal illnesses are placed on a “death pathway” to help end their lives every year. Supporters of the Liverpool Care Pathway, which allows medical staff to withhold fluid and drugs in a patient’s final days, claim it is the kindest way of letting them slip away. But the experts say in a letter to the Telegraph that natural deaths are often freer of pain and distress. Informed consent is not always being sought by doctors, who fail to ask patients about their wishes while they are still in control of their faculties, warn the six. This has led to an increase in patients carrying cards informing doctors that they do not wish to be put on the pathway in the last few days of their lives. The six doctors are experts in elderly care and wrote the letter in conjunction with the Medical Ethics Alliance, a Christian medical organisation. They say that many members of the public have contacted them with examples of inappropriate use of the pathway, which is implemented in up to 29 per cent of hospital deaths.
Is this not a clear case of the abuse that Palin and others have warned? Since when did NHS doctors assume the right to decide when someone should die?
By David Vance On April 18th, 2012 at 6:42 am
Our NHS workers and other civil servants have been busy working out how they can go on strike and/or disrupt the services we pay them to provide.
Health workers and Government staff will launch a fresh wave of strikes next month over pension deals. Unite and the Public and Commercial Services civil service union will take industrial action on May 10. That is the day after the Queen’s Speech sets out legislation for the year ahead, which is expected to include a Bill on pension changes. The PCS, which has 290,000 members in 200 government departments and agencies, said its national walkout starts a rolling programme of action. It threatens another strike at the end of June, also hitting services from benefits offices and job centres to courts, driving tests, tax offices, ports and airports. Unite said its 100,000 NHS members will stage a mixture of protests and action short of strike.
OK, that seems clear enough. The State workers will disrupt and deny us – the taxpayer – the services we pay them to provide. That is their right and I respect that. However it is our right, as the people whose taxes keep the State sector afloat, to insist on getting the services expected. So I favour sacking those who wilfully refuse to serve us. The monolith of the State sector, the inherent greed of the State sector, the economic ignorance of the State sector – it all must be confronted and levelled. Of course the Coalition Government that we have will roll over to the demands of the militants and in doing so sacrifice the economic well being of all of us. However one day, there will come a Government that does not run scared of selfish mean spirited bullying Trade Unions. The sooner that day comes the better.
By David Vance On April 9th, 2012 at 9:57 am
I suppose I tend to be quite confrontational when it comes to the uttering of Trade Unionists but on this occasion, I entirely with them!
Northern Ireland’s largest union says the health service has plunged into major crisis, branding the management system “not fit for purpose”. The stark warning from Unison was made as a damning report was published this week after an outbreak of pseudomonas, which claimed the lives of four babies. Among the bleak findings of the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) review was the recommendation to replace the neonatal unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital, where three babies died in the outbreak. The review stated that the Belfast Health Trust should have declared the pseudomonas outbreak sooner, and criticised a lack of communication between health officials. Unison, however, said this is just the latest in a long line of problems in every health trust in the province. Patricia McKeown, Unison regional secretary, said there is an immediate need to overhaul the management system across all the five trusts.
Patricia is absolutely right. You may recall that during the 2010 and 2011 elections, I almost stood alone as a voice criticising the deplorable management within the NHS here and forecasting that they would sacrifice front line services to protect themselves. This is exactly what is happening and yet people seem surprised about it! The need is to make management more accountable and make it slimmed down, more efficient and more effective. I believe that the change Patricia asks for is needed but that our political class is also not fit for purpose so they will equivocate and dissemble, courting good publicity whilst ensuring as little as possible changes.
By Mike Cunningham On February 17th, 2012 at 10:14 am
Realistically, I do not feel that I shall have a need to dial the strangely-titled ‘phone number for non-emergency services’. As a well-educated and responsible husband, I reckon I am up to speed in the diagnosis of any problems which may arise in my own life, as well as that of my wife. I have managed for over forty-four years, and can safely state that the only times I have contacted the Emergency Services was when their attendance was urgently needed. The only thing which I would alter is the opening sentence from the 1-1-1 caller, which should always be “Am I speaking to a medically-qualified professional, or a unqualified person seated before a computer with a set of screen-based questions?”
I did call the police when a drunken group was staggering about in the road in my small close in the small hours of the morning; as one of the males in the group was busy trying to strangle his ‘partner’. The only jarring point in that rather surreal interlude was when the Police operator asked if the male who was doing the strangling had any weaponry?
I had a vision of this man seated in front of a computer screen, hand on mouse, busy clicking boxes as he spoke:-
- Is there an assault in progress Yes….No………….Yes
- What is the nature of the assault (Operator must choose one only from the options)…………Boots on head, boots on body, fists on body, strangulation,….etc.
- Option selected…..Strangulation
- Sub-options available………….Methods of strangulation Manual (using hands) Manual (using weaponry)
- If Manual (using weaponry), operator must indicate how the weaponry has been selected and further, using only Sub-sub-options available on screen, ascertain if the weaponry is naturally-produced rope, or a plastic or polyethylene equivalent.
My answer to the Police operator’s enquiry was to state that the strangler was doing quite nicely by himself, and he didn’t seem to need any mechanical assistance at all!
By David Vance On January 10th, 2012 at 10:08 am
Once upon a time, nursing was considered a caring profession. But that was then...and this is now;
Nurses in the NHS too often lack ability, compassion or even the simple desire to work in the profession, a report warns.
In some cases staff lack basic skills, have a poor grasp of maths and do not understand the values of the health service, according to the NHS Future Forum. (How about their grasp of English?)
The independent advisory panel, set up by the Government last year to examine the NHS, says there is “almost universal concern” about the “huge variations in quality” of education and training for nurses and midwives across the country.
NHS hospital managers are failing to take responsibility for the poor quality of some nurses, it says. It also accuses nurse training schools of failing to recruit the right type of student to ensure patients receive a good standard of care. The report adds to growing concerns that nurses’ training has become too academic to prepare students properly for the realities of the job and makes them less willing to carry out practical care.
There is resonance in this report. Nursing has become far too academic and the essential caring skills seem to have gone. This is obvious to anyone who has had the misfortune to have been in an NHS hospital in the past ten years or so. Nursing is about caring and that needs restored to the centre of the profession.
By David Vance On January 6th, 2012 at 9:32 am
Socialised healthcare has several fatal flaws but perhaps the greatest is that it enables POLITICIANS to direct medical priorities. Just think about this for a moment;
Nurses will be told to do regular ward rounds and patients encouraged to carry out inspections as part of a drive to improve hospital standards in England. They will form part of a package of measures announced by the prime minister to tackle what he sees as a “real problem” with patient care. David Cameron told the BBC problems in some hospitals had been overlooked out of respect for the nursing profession.
This new move has come after a series of critical reports in the past year. The patient-led inspection regime will see members of the public invited to assess cleanliness, food, privacy and dignity on wards alongside official teams. Mr Cameron believes there is too much bureaucracy and wants nurses to spend more time with patients.
OK, I can see the aim Cameron has in mind but surely there will need to be additional bureaucracy put in place to ensure that the objectives he wants to see achieved actually happen? And isn’t micro-managing the NHS one of the charges Cameron labelled against Labour? And WHY have Nurses to be told to talk to patients and treat them with dignity?