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HOW LONG?

By Pete Moore On March 29th, 2020 at 4:54 pm

I don’t think the economy can take what the Deputy Chief Medical Officer is prescribing here –

No Kidding

By Patrick Van Roy On March 29th, 2020 at 4:31 am

A CHANGE HAS COME FOR THE NHS

By Pete Moore On March 28th, 2020 at 9:11 pm

What a pity it took a epidemic to force a bloated and complacent bureaucracy to change. What a pity so many hundreds of billions of Pounds have been wasted along the way. This is actually a fascinating piece on what sounds like a revolution in the NHS, forced on it by harsh reality –

What doctors like me have witnessed over the past days and weeks has been nothing short of extraordinary […]

An NHS infamous for its bureaucracy is now behaving like a Silicon Valley startup: if you can show that it will help patients and get the service ready, then it’s green-lit. Just get on with it. Many of us have noted that this is how it should have been in the health service all along — but somewhere along the line the apparatchiks took over and stifled innovation. Not any longer.

It’s been fascinating to watch staff rise to the occasion, natural leaders taking charge in place of those we can now see were just paper-pushers. It’s also become apparent how so many of the managerial jobs are unnecessary or redundant now that the chips are really down. Perhaps this will create a culture shift in the health service that makes it more focused on outcomes and patients’ care and less interested in the labyrinthine and suffocating administration.

WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE

By Pete Moore On March 28th, 2020 at 7:54 pm

While scientists speculate that the coronavirus could be with us for months to come, Dr Jenny Harries, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, has said cases could peak over Easter and then begin to fall if the public follows social distancing measures.

Easter weekend is in two weeks. The UK peak was originally estimated for the end of May. So we’ve brought it forward. Let’s assume a peak in a fortnight. What then? We have to leave hibernation at some point. If most people have not been infected and have no defence, back comes the epidemic. We can’t keep on shutting down and opening up the economy, but we can’t stay at home until a vaccine is available.

So how do we get out of it?

SURREAL

By Pete Moore On March 28th, 2020 at 7:06 pm

BLOOMBERG: Rhode Island Police to Hunt Down New Yorkers Seeking Refuge

Rhode Island police began stopping cars with New York plates Friday. On Saturday, the National Guard will help them conduct house-to-house searches to find people who traveled from New York and demand 14 days of self-quarantine.

“Right now we have a pinpointed risk,” Governor Gina Raimondo said. “That risk is called New York City” […]

“Yesterday I announced and today I reiterated: Anyone coming to Rhode Island in any way from New York must be quarantined,” the governor said. “By order. Will be enforced. Enforceable by law.”

On the one hand it’s absolutely unAmerican. On the other, New York is taking a hammering. Thousands of people getting out now will undoubtedly spread the Chinese Disease. This has happened in Italy. The south is beginning to suffer because workers fleeing back home took it with them.

Need a laugh ?

By Patrick Van Roy On March 28th, 2020 at 2:16 am

ATW FRIDAY NIGHT JUKEBOX

By Pete Moore On March 27th, 2020 at 7:27 pm

Because Friday night is Music Night

Another week done at the coalface of what’s left of capitalism. I hope I get my turn soon at being a Labour voter and sitting at home all day. The World Health Organisation claims that alcohol is an “unhelpful coping strategy” for the possible stress and isolation of coronavirus lockdown. Phew, I’m out every day so that’s me exempt.

Have yourselves a good weekend whatever you’re up to. I’m in the mood for some Rock n Roll gold tonight. Enter Mr Steve Marriott with a total banger which many can relate to right now. As always, feel free to share your top sounds down below –

JUST THE 969 DEAD IN ITALY TODAY

By Pete Moore On March 27th, 2020 at 7:16 pm

Italy has recorded 969 new coronavirus deaths, its highest daily figure in the outbreak so far.

It means 9,134 people have now died from the virus in the country […]

Spain – Europe’s second worst-hit country – has seen a sharp rise in the number of deaths but the rate of new infections was stabilising, officials said […]

In 24 hours, 769 people died, a daily record, taking the total to 4,858. The Spanish government has extended the state of emergency until at least 12 April.

UK deaths hit 181 today. It’s a significant increase. There is no prospect of any easing of restrictions. I suspect they might be tightened further in the UK.

GET WELL SOON BORIS

By Pete Moore On March 27th, 2020 at 6:25 pm

The Prime Minister didn’t follow his own advice and now has the Chinese Disease. It’s at such times the leftists out there remind us what their “kinder, gentler politics” entails. As always, it’s wishing someone dead. Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health (as if a country of grown-ups needs such a thing), has also come down with the Hong Kong Fluey. So tonight the British Prime Minister is on his own in a room in Downing Street with someone leaving his meals at the door.

Because Boris and Hancock have it an army of ministers, advisors and flunkeys have it along with a load of people they all met. It’s as if we need to keep our distance from each other. If only we’d been told. But I’m not so worried about that lot. Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer, who Boris has been spending a lot of time with, is self-isolating with symptoms. He’s one of the brains of this operation. Let’s hope it’s that far and no further.

If Boris becomes incapacitated then the Raabitron is activated. That’s right commies. Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, is the next in line. Be careful what you wish for.

“MASS PRODUCTION BEGINS ON MONDAY”

By Pete Moore On March 27th, 2020 at 6:07 pm

The Bat-Signal went up. The NHS had blown £134 billion last year on diversity officers, ethically-sourced prayer mats and turning 9 year old Timothy into a eunuch. So there’s nothing left for actual medical stuff. “Help us” they cried.

What’s remains of the British economy heard the call and responded at light speed. Productive capitalists and engineers do that. Maybe we can get around to thanking everyone in the productive economy sometime.

Production begins this Monday on 10,000 ventilators, for the NHS. No profit, they will come at cost. I wonder what the EU Ventilator Procurement Sub-Committee will be doing then? Not making ventilators.