Deeper cuts to Social Care Budgets

Many, if not all councils are making cuts which will affect frontline services and some of these will reduce the amount of care being given or made available to some of the most vulnerable adults in the UK.

Many of these adults are reliant solely on their council funded care packages, as their disability benefits are used to fund other essential daily living costs, such as food, heating and other costs.

Some may have family carers, but these carers are already providing care to the limit of their resources. There is no slack for them to do more. many of the carers, themselves are aged and after many years of caring, their health as or is beginning to deteriorate.

The effects of any of these cuts will enhance the health deteriorisation of both family carers and those being cared for. This will, create many safeguarding issues and will further stretch the resources of both the NHS and Social Services.

Thereby creating a much greater funding crisis.

While I do not begrudge the ‘ring fenced’ money for Overseas Aid, thereby safeguarding the vulnerable overseas, but why can not the same be given to the vulnerable of the UK.

Sheffield Half Marathon or not?

Was the Sheffield Half Marathon 2014 a disaster?

This follows on from a long list of events that have not gone according to plan in Sheffield. It has to be said that most of these have some, if not all, involvement from Sheffield City Council, however this would not appear to be so on this occasion. The last major sporting event that did not go according to plan was the World Student games  in 1991 for which the population of Sheffield is still paying for. This is even though some of the facilities from then have now gone, Don Valley Stadium for one.

But SCC have many others, while not sporting, to their name, ‘Sevenstone‘ being the latest, but this also includes the overhead walkway from Sheffield rail station to Castle Market, Mono Rail along The Moor to the Town Hall on to Castle Market to Sheffield Rail Station, creation of subways only for most to be filled in and many others. Even ‘Supertram‘ had to be sold to Stagecoach Sheffield to increase revenues from increasing usage.

But on this occasion some other organisation organised this, was it Sheffield Half Marathon, who appear to have had an address c/o HS Sports Ltd.

Water Direct have been mentioned as the company supposed to be supplying the water, did they not bother or was it ever ordered.

We have the ‘Tour de France’ ‘Stage 2′ within the next months, lets hope this latest event from an organisational view point is not a taste of yet to come.

We have the ‘Tour de France’ ‘Stage 2′ within the next months, lets hope this latest event from an organisational view point is not a taste of yet to come.

We also have the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, but some may say this is another disaster, while others will not.

But was the event a disaster, from an organisational view point, you could say yes. But to show the resolve of the people of Sheffield and those participants who did undertake the half marathon, it was not. Without hesitation the people of Sheffield came and supported those who decided to participate anyway and these Sheffield people provided the water for those participants to drink.

But was the event a disaster, from an organisational view point, you could say yes. But to show the resolve of the people of Sheffield and those participants who did undertake the half marathon, it was not. Without hesitation the people of Sheffield came and supported those who decided to participate anyway and these Sheffield people provided the water for those participants to drink.

This shows the true spirit of the Sheffield population.

Organisers say No Refunds

Margret Lilley, Chairperson of Sheffield Marathon Ltd, the organisers, says

“The rules say there are no refunds and, as people will appreciate, the infrastructure we had to put in place we still have to pay for.”

Direct Water are now reported to have stated that they were not paid to supply the water. This implies the organisers have not ordered the water or settled the invoice for the water. Should this be the case, is water not part of the infrastructure,. They appear to have not fulfilled the later part of statement, but are prepared to fulfill the former. If you have not paid for the water, then you should provide refunds. The organisers appear to want their cake and eat it. If only as a gesture of Good Will Sheffield Marathon Ltd should refund the entrants their entry fees.

If Sheffield Marathon Ltd have the gall to run the event again next year, will anyone be willing to enter.


Child abuse

Why single out children, abuse is rife in the UK society of today, to any one classed as being vulnerable or being a person who may be at risk. This includes children, the elderly, the persons with a disability or in effect any person who is at risk from a person with power or assumed power. This power person could be a parent, a relative, a stranger, a friend, an employer, a work colleague, the list is endless. This is because an abuser could be anybody and the abused could be anybody, it only takes someone in a state of power or assumed power to commit abusive acts to someone who they know or feel is in a vulnerable state.

Then, in effect, all persons should be resonsible for reporting any acts of assumed abuse. It would then be the responsiblity of the appropriate bodies to investigate and to then act accordingly.

Sheffield Social Services are they creating safeguarding issues

Sheffield Social Services (1) are currently in a financial dilemma, with an anticipated budget overspend, do they cut spending in the department or endeavour to obtain monies from other budgets, it would appear the former, but what will this eventually create?

What has occurred?

The Social Services budget for 2012/2013 was overspent by £6.3 million and there is now a projected overspend for Social Services of £11 million, of which £6.5 million is in Learning Disabilities (1).

So if there were not significant changes in practices or other means from 2012/2013 to 2013/2014 there would have been an expected overspend of £6.3 million. But due to Government austerity cuts, it is said that savings of 20% need to be made.

The following is an extract from  Budget Conversion 2014-2015: Shaping our future together (1)

‘But Sheffield Social Services accept that we have an increasing number of older people, particularly very old people. They also expect a 32% increase in people aged over 85 in the next 10 years.

For disabled Adults with complex needs (2), there is an increase of 5% each year.

This is in addition to an increase in the number of older people being discharged from hospital who need social care support.

There is more people with mental health issues seeking social services funded support – a 64% increase from 2011/2012 to 2012/2013.

An increase in the demand and cost of support packages for people needing support. Between 2011/2012 and 2012/2013

- number of customers supported increased by 11%

- average cost of support per customer increased by 8%.’

This is at a time when according to the article 72 more jobs in social services are at risk. Who will be going and what action is being taken?  Is this action appropriate? As the facts are extremely limited, and knowledge is not forthcoming due to apparent employment restrictions.

So at a time when demand is increasing to make savings staffing levels are being reduced.

If by any methods of reducing costs the demands on the service are not met, this will result in some safeguarding issues for the most vulnerable adults residing in Sheffield.

While this may not be at the scale of Winterborne (2) or Mid-Staffs (3). It will cause a degree of risk to some, at least, of these adults who are vulnerable.

These are not people who can be discarded or left to fend for themselves.  Without the services they require to ensure their critical needs are met, these needs will not be met.

These social services are priority services and need to be maintained at all costs.

While I do not have the figures to hand, it is logical to assume, if there was an over spend in the budget of 2012/2013, then there would be an over spend in 2013/2014, before taking into account the budget reduction, and the increases in the demand and resultant increase in costs.

You have to question, was the budget set for 2013/2014, a realistic budget (1) and if not, it was doomed to an over spend greater than in the previous year.

As the budgets, I assume, are monitored by the Chief Executive and the Leader of the Council, why have they been so quiet?

Some budget information was apparently released, but no apparent mention re Social Services

Is Sheffield being fairly treated by Central Government.

(1) © Copyright of Sheffield City Council 2013

(2) Crown Copyright. Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v2.0

(3) © The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry 2010

BIID amputation or not?

BIID is a psychological disorder and some suffers can be treated by psychotherapy or medication, but amputation is highly controversial. On viewing some of the comments, some people are of the opinion that Chloe is in the wrong by wishing to become disabled. A psychiatric disorder is still a medical condition and Chloe should not be blamed for having this disorder.

For those, who thinks the doctor, who is willing to provide the amputation for £16000, is wrong to do this, would think twice, if they also suffered from this disorder.

What needs to be considered, as it should be for everyone suffering from any condition, what is the best form of treatment for the individual concerned. To treat by psychotherapy or medication will be lengthy and costly. While amputation , will be a quick immediate solution, what will be the long term effects, may be even more psychotherapy and medication. This is not taking into account any costs relating from the resulting physical disability.

I can see why many people believe that amputation will never be a solution. I myself, have a daughter who has multiple physical disabilities and I would not wish for anyone to intentionally become disabled.  This would be seen by many persons with a disability to not take disability seriously. To some extent I would agree, but I do not have BIID and therefore do not have the ability or the experience of this disorder to say it would be wrong. To live with any disability is not easy for anyone, especially if you do not have the resources at hand to help. Many, certainly in the UK, have to rely on the state for this help and depending where you live in the UK, may range from difficult to obtain to not being able to obtain at all. The resources are expensive to obtain and maintain and that is where they are even available.

Not easy and I do wish Chole does manage to obtain all the help she needs.

Jewellery Tax

On seeing the DM headline I double checked the date to see if it was 1 April, as only a fool would now vote Lib Dem. They wrongly assume that only the rich have such assets. What about the people who have worked all their life on a modest income and instead of spending any surplus income on frivolities, spent it on items to enhance their home and themselves, such as, good quality furniture and fittings and good quality fashion accessories. Then in retirement they have all they need for a comfortable life together with a reasonable pension and their home is now mortgage free.

Then comes the Lib Dems and brings these retired persons into a wealth tax bracket, they forget,  that they will not just be taxing the rich, but those who have invested for their retirement.

Why not go to full on Utopia, or would it be Dystopia, but is that a matter of opinion.

Now how could this be achieved, a welfare state could be created.  In the UK this started in 1906-1914, with the Liberal Welfare Reforms, which introduced:

  1.   Old-Age Pensions Act in 1908,
  2. the introduction of free school meals in 1909,
  3. the 1909 Labour Exchanges Act,
  4. the Development Act 1909, which heralded greater Government intervention in economic development
  5. the National Insurance Act 1911 setting up a national insurance contribution for unemployment and health benefits from work.
  6. then in 1942 came the Beveridge Report       

The Beveridge Report was the means by which the Labour government endeavoured to expand the welfare state.

Beveridge was opposed to “means-tested” benefits. His proposal was for a flat rate contribution rate for everyone and a flat rate benefit for everyone. Means-testing was intended to play a tiny part because it created high marginal tax rates for the poor (the “poverty trap“).

One of the main sections of the Beveridge Report was the National Health Service Act of 1946, which created the NHS, a free at point of provision for health care for all UK residents,which was implemented in 1948.

Another was the expanding of National Insurance to provide for the costs related to the various benefits created by the enacting of the Beveridge Report.

The idea being that those persons in employment would pay contributions to the state, in the form of National Insurance contributions and Income Tax, by way of PAYE for employed persons and payments paid direct to HMRC for self employed persons.

When there is a high ratio of persons employed or self employed persons to persons unemployed, the money collected to pay for the benefits to all persons will be more than likely sufficient to meet all costs required.  Where there is a high rate of unemployment, or the ratio of persons who would not normally be employed (children and retired) is considerably higher than those in employment, the costs may not be covered. Any shortfall in the costs would need to be either covered by government borrowing, the criteria for benefits be adjusted accordingly or taxation introduced into new areas.

This brings me back to the start of this article and the Lib Dems thought of introducing a Jewellery Tax.

But is there another option?

Instead of a percentage of any income paid to the government, in the form of National Insurance contributions and the various forms of taxation, why not all income be paid to the government. Then, in the form of an allowance, a proportion of this is then paid out to every legal resident of the country.

This would mean no one would need to apply for benefits, because everyone would be given their appropriate allowance. This means there would be no one who could be claiming any benefits to which they were not deemed to be entitled and so this would ensure there were no longer any, so called, ‘benefit scroungers’.  It would also solve the situation regarding illegal immigrants, as no one would receive an allowance until they were legally registered as a UK resident. It would solve benefit fraud.

To administer this system every person, as soon as they are born would need to be registered, as would anyone coming to the UK to legally reside, they could then be issued with an Allowance Card, similar to the various plastic cards already around today, for use as credit, debit or other cards.

All persons deemed to be eligible for work would be allocated a job, in line with their abilities, so therefore no one would be without a form of employment, so the benefit ‘Job Seekers Allowance‘ would no longer be required. There would be some people who are deemed unable to work, due to them having some form of disability, here people with disabilities would be assessed, using health based criteria  and be given a dispensation from the requirement to work. this would require their allowance to be increased accordingly to ensure their additional needs , due to their disability, could be met, so the various disability benefits would no longer be required.

A reason to live, yes or no?

Hot, should we go home or relax

So a bunch of Labour MP’s feel workers should be sent home if the temperature exceeds 30 degrees, but do they mean all workers. If they mean themselves, they do not count, as the temperature in the House, is mainly hot air being expressed by MP’s and secondly, they did say workers.

But, as to all workers, this would mean that all hospitals and care organisations would have to close, who would look after patients and care home residents, no Police, fire officers. Even at home, what could you do, there would be no electricity and gas or even water. You could not go to some other venue as these would also be closed.

These Mp’s need to live in the real world, there are many countries that experience these and even higher temperatures for more periods of the year, than do the UK and they manage.

Unfortunately in the UK, we are never satisfied, we grumble when its cold, when its wet, when its windy, in fact we just grumble.

Lets be thankful we are alive and live in relative peace.

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Cruise  2013 Lord Byron berthed at Amserdam

Our 2013 holiday via Eurostar with Riviera Travel was a Dutch coastal cruise from Amsterdam sailing on the ‘Lord Byron’ along the Markermeer visiting Hoorn, Enkhuizen and Volendam.

Again our journey started in Sheffield and we took an early morning East Midlands train to London, St Pancras to board the Eurostar to Brussels and then take the Thalys train to Amsterdam, where we boarded the ‘Lord Byron‘.

Our journeys on the trains from Sheffield to Brussels provided a good start to our 5 day holiday, unfortunately our experience on the Thalys train could have had a reverse effect.  When we boarded the train in Brussels we together with a number of our fellow travellers found that all the available luggage racks were full. As this trains stop over in Brussels was only for a few minutes we had to quickly decide where to place our luggage, the only options available being to block the aisle or the opposite exit door.  The train attendent was extremely unhelpful and appeared to be more concerned about keeping to the train time schedule, than be of assistance to us. As he was no help, we had no option but to decide to place the luggage blocking the opposite exit door, as the best option. Then for the next few stops until Amsterdam, move the luggage from one exit door to the other, depending on which side the platform was.

This could have easily have created a bad experience and impression of our holiday, but after all it was outside the responsibility of the tour company.  This was more than compensated for  when we viewed and boarded the ‘Lord Byron’ at Amsterdam. We were greated by the crew, who made us feel extemely welcomed by their friendly manner. Throughout the cruise the crew continued to make our stay extremely enjoyable, they were ever attentive and could not do enough for you.

Some views of the ‘Lord Byron’

The accommodation and all the other facilities on board were first class and the food superb. During the early hours of the next morning we slipped our moorings at Amsterdam and set sail for our first port of call, being Hoorn. During breakfast we docked at Hoorn and then the rest of the morning was available to view the sights of Hoorn and then return to the Lord Byron for lunch.

Some views of Hoorn

Hoorn is a very picturist Dutch small town, which has not been overly altered for tourists, it retaining most of the old Dutch charm.

During lunch we should have been setting sail to Enkhuizen, but due to the weather, strong winds causing it unsafe to sail, we remained moored at Hoorn for the rest of the day. So that we could still visit Enkhuizen coaches were arranged and we were still, therefore able to spend the afternoon in Enkhuizen and then return to Hoorn for dinner aboard the Lord Byron.

Some views of Enkhurizen 

Again Enkhuizen is a picturist Dutch town, retaining many of the features of Dutch architecture.

Over night we should have sailed to Volendam, but again due to the same weather condition we had to remain at Hoorn. So again after breakfast coaches were arranged to transport us to Volendam so we could still see the sights of Volendam and then return to the Lord Byron for lunch.

Some views of Volendam

Volendam is another Dutch town, where behind the promenade frontage you find many Dutch artchitecture. Unfortunately, for my taste the promenade frontage had under gone some alteration for a tourist feel.

After lunch we went back to the coaches to take us to Keukenhof gardens, which should have taken us through the bulb fields showing the tulips in full bloom. Unfortunately due to the weather conditions over the last few months this had restricted the growth of the tulips and only a few areas were showing any tulips in bloom. This was not the situation at Keukenhof gardens where we were  able to walk through the various gardens and other attractions and see the splendour  of all the  floral displays.

Some views of Keukenhof Gardens

After viewing the sights of Keukenhof gardens we returned to the Lord Byron for dinner.

While each of the Dutch towns of Hoorn, Enkhuizen and Volendam  were, in their own way, worth a visit, I did feel that if you had difficulty walking or it caused you some discomfort, the amount of walking to view these towns could easily cause you to become tired. No organised walking tours were offered and you were free to explore, with the aid of a map, at your own leisurely pace.

Normally you would not have a return time in the case of Enkhuizen and Volendam as you would be returning directly to the Lord Byron. Unfortunately, in our case, due to the limitations for sailing caused by the weather, we had to return to coaches to bring us back to the Lord Byron.

While at Volendam some other tour operators did conduct their own walking tour, however, this means your pace is that of the guide and not your own.

While the Keukenhof gardens are well worth a visit and to view all the areas sufficiently would require more time than we had during the afternoon, you will experience a considerable amount of walking. That been said, there are many rest and refreshment areas in which you can rest and regain your energy. A guided walk of the gardens was available, should you wish to use the facility, but again the pace is that of the guide.  We did take up the offer, but soon lost the guide as the pace was too much for ourselves and we continued to wander through the gardens at our own pace and using the map as a reference.

The next day we were due back at Amsterdam and as the weather had improved we set sail for Amsterdam during breakfast and docked there a few hours later.

Lord Byron docking at Amsterdam

After docking, canal cruisers had been moored near by to enable for the canal cruise to commence. After the cruise arround some of the canals of Amsterdam we were returned to the Lord Byron for lunch.

Some views of the Amsterdam canal cruise

After lunch, for those who wished to, you could venture into Amsterdam and view the sights at your leisure before returning to the Lord Byron for dinner

Some views of Amsterdam

It is my view, but I would have wished for an organised, may be optional extra, open top bus tour through Amsterdam. While this was available to book as an individual, if the booking had been through the tour operator we may have been able to hire the bus for the tour party and, if so, the commentary would have been featured in, solely, English. But this in no way detracts from viewing the sights of Amsterdam, which are well worth seeing.

Unfortunately the next day, after breakfast we had to depart the Lord Byron to start our journey back to the UK. Again this meant catching the Thayls train from Amsterdam to Brussels.  Again there was insufficient luggage space and therefore the luggage was placed in front of the opposite exit door. However, on this occasion the train attendant was more understanding of the situation and appeared to accept we had no alternative.  Then on to the Eurostar back to London St Pancras and then for ourselves the East Midlands train back to Sheffield.

All in all a very good relaxing holiday from which there were many sights to see and every opportunity to relax when you wished to. I would recommend this tour to others, but you will have to take into consideration that some walking will be required, all be it most at your own pace.

Who is to Blame?

A Guide to Cuts in the UK

The problem here is that all the powers that be, are treating the current situation as a game. No one in Government, Local Authorities or the NHS is prepared to take responsibility for their own actions and those of their predecessors. The PM and his Ministers are saying we are all in it together, but are we or more so, are they.

With their large salaries and even larger pensions to look forward to, if the have to tighten their belts a little, they will still have plenty to live off. But what about all the people who are just sustaining a living, if they tighten their belts, then they are below sustainance level. Here I am not talking about people who can work but do not. I am referring to a large percentage of pensioners, who due to age, infirmity etc are reliant on their pension, which is just providing a reasonable living. Also many disabled persons, who have physical disabilities meaning they can not work and then there are learning disabilities, whose understanding is limited in that they have little or no understanding of events happening around them and are solely reliant on others for their existence.

There are many disabled persons in this situation, who are unseen by the public at large. They are not claiming benefits because they want to, but out of necessity. We all see a minority of people with disabilities, like the intelectuals, such as Stephen Hawking or the Para-Olympians, who all go through extreme situations to attain these levels and I applaud them. But there is a large majority of people with disabilities, who will never, through no fault of their own, be able to get anywhere near to attaining these levels. Or, in most cases will not be able to start. Some are existing on state benefits and others are cared for by family members 24/7. These family members do it for the love of their relation, without any financial reward and in most cases, without any recognition from the population surrounding them and from any of the state bodies.

But we are all in it together. If you believe in this, then I feel sorry for you, as you have fallen for the propaganda, from the government bodies and the media.

NHS Scandal

Why has the caring stopped?

Over the last few months many problems with the NHS have become known, so therefore, are we now saying the NHS is not fit for purpose?  I believe there are some of us are saying YES, while others are saying NO and even others who are not sure. So lets try to find some answers. The NHS was created in 1948 and since that time has undergone many changes, some because the NHS wished to, some due to advances in technology and medical science and some inflicted upon it by successive governments.  But during all this time the fundamental principles of the NHS have not been changed. When created it was to be ‘free at point of delivery for all citizens of the UK’. This in most cases is still correct. So why are all these problems occurring? Lets start at its beginning.

  1. Every UK citizen was entitled to signup with a local general doctor, known as a General Practitioner (GP), it may have been the same doctor to whom they went to when ill in the past, but then they would have had to pay the doctor directly for this service.
  2. The NHS was born out of a long-held ideal that good healthcare should be available to all, regardless of wealth. At its launch by the then minister of health, Aneurin Bevan, on 5 July 1948, it had at its heart three core principles:
    • That it meet the needs of everyone
    • That it be free at the point of delivery
    • That it be based on clinical need, not ability to pay
  3. These three principles have guided the development of the NHS over more than half a century and remain. However, in July 2000, a full-scale modernisation programme was launched and new principles added.

    The main aims of the additional principles are that the NHS will:

    • Provide a comprehensive range of services
    • Shape its services around the needs and preferences of individual patients, their families and their carers
    • Respond to the different needs of different populations
    • Work continuously to improve the quality of services and to minimize errors
    • Support and value its staff
    • Use public funds for healthcare devoted solely to NHS patients
    • Work with others to ensure a seamless service for patients
    • Help to keep people healthy and work to reduce health inequalities
    • Respect the confidentiality of individual patients and provide open access to information about services, treatment and performance

Since then there have been the setting of targets by successive governments.

I do believe in having targets, but wish to call them standards. We have always had standards to maintain in the NHS, but these days in trying to run the hospitals as a business, finance as become the main factor instead of care. Before all else, care has to be the first priority.When the NHS was created in 1948, it was not envisaged that the population would increase in great numbers and that medical science would advance so quickly in both technology and treatments. To cater for this, our hospitals have had to increase in size to cope and this as left management abilities to flounder. We need to maintain standards, but not by tick boxes, use the technology in administration practices that have been created. All records are computerised, so all relevant information should be to hand from the computers, no additional staff in put required. Proper supervision of all staff needs to be reintroduced and all work as one team and that is to the betterment of care to the patient.

When the NHS is working well it can not be bettered and unfortunately, this is not deemed news worthy by the media. But many aspects of hospital care are wanting and an investigation should not just look at the present, but look to the past to see when this change for the worse occurred. Was it Government targets being introduced, withdrawal of Matrons, Sisters or charge nurses becoming more hands on, instead of managing the ward, the replacement of cottage hospitals with the large hospitals of today, aging population, emphasis on academic  nursing qualifications instead of the ability to care, influx of staff where English is not first language and understanding it is limited, changing from larger open wards to smaller units within the ward, increasing in technology and medical conditions, hospitals run as a business instead of a caring facility. The list is endless, just what is the answer, this has to be known before steps can be taken to improve them.

Alarm bells should be ringing, the NHS is provided with money from Government, from money raised from UK taxpayers, to be used to provided care for patients. Why is some of this money being used to gag people from letting the UK public know the truth.For one thing no one should be gagged for telling the truth, if the NHS is not fit for purpose then the public need to know.

What all employees in the NHS should realise is that by the source of the money for their salaries in coming from the public, it is the public who are effectively their employers, it is just that it has been sub-contracted to the Government and the NHS.

Image or Care, What is of most concern to the NHS?

It should be care, but who knows when you follow the current articles in the UK press.

How many More?

It makes you wonder how many other gagging orders are in operation and what is still left to be uncovered.

So it is not only Sir David Nicholson who is a fraud, but also his right hand , Dame Barbara Hakin. You will see both these persons have received Royal Honours, but for what, in these two it would appear to be for incompetence and lack of professionalism. If the people at the top of the NHS are not fit for purpose, what hope is there for the NHS. A clean sweep needs to be undertaken and this should start at the top and go as far down as possible until we find those who are fit for purpose. Hopefully there will be some.

It is time that every aspect of the NHS is given a full audit and every detail investigated. If staff are not up to the job, then they must go, but the facilities have to remain open. If the staff are not up to the job, then get staff who are, there would appear to be plenty qualified staff ready and waiting to be employed.

As I have said when the NHS is working well, it is excellent, as I have seen myself, by the care afforded to my own family from all aspects of the health service in Sheffield.

The creation of the National Health Service 1948 was a magnificent achievement, unfortunately, without the aid of a crystal ball, the founders could not have envisaged so much would be happening in the UK in so short a time. As stated successive previous governments have created target to be achieved and certainly at Stafford Hospital this is one reason for its failings. As it was concentrating to much on attaining these targets than maintaining its primary function of providing good quality care for its patients. Unfortunately, I believe more hospitals will have been found to fail for similar reasons as time goes on. Then as to gagging orders and payments made to gag NHS officials to stop then advising what is happening, how can this have been allowed to happen.  Not only is this diverting money needed for providing the care function, it is also being dishonest with the public, who are all contributing to the cost provided by them by paying their taxes.

Anyone responsible for misleading in this way should not be employed, certainly not within the NHS, more likely should be doing time in prison for, hopefully, what should be a criminal act.

The NHS should be fit for purpose and where this is not currently so, every effort needs to be made to make sure that it is. The NHS can not be left to fail, as it is an integral part of the UK and one that we should be proud of. All within the NHS need to work as a team, as no one individual can work without the support of the others.

Hopefully, in the very near future, we can all say that it is.

Nicholson still holding on to office

Nicholson should go and go now and so should any others of the same ilk. His right hand woman, Dame Barbara Hakin for a start.

To remove Sir David Nicholson sign the E-petition

The Blame Game

The NHS is safe in whose hands, all parties are to blame for the current situation, maybe some parties more than others.
But, surely, now is the time for unity to ensure all can be done to save the NHS where it is failing.

The NHS is an intergral part of the UK and can not be allowed to fail in any shape or form. Many of the problems have been successive government interference in creating bureaucracy to administer systems to keep to, what may have been welcome targets. But if an organisation is only concentrating in maintaining its operation into achieving certain targets, this could and most likely as, caused other non-targeted area to suffer. When you have an organisation based on care, no one area can be concentrated on, with the exclusion of some others. The management have to oversee the whole operation not selected parts.

It is for the reason to save the NHS, that all parties, be they in Government, opposition, NHS or any other areas, should work together for the common good for all in the UK


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