GPs criticise “appalling” decision to extend Capita’s primary care contract | The BMJ


NHS England and Improvement (NHSEI) has extended Capita’s Primary Care Support England (PSCE) contract for an additional three years, in a move worth £94m.1The announcement, made by the outsourcing company, means Capita will continue to provide digital, logistical, and support services for all of NHS England’s primary care practitioners (GPs, dentists, opticians, and pharmacists) until 31 August 2025.In the announcement, Capita said it has made a number of improvements since it took over the contract in 2015, including “standardising primary care processes nationally and launching the PCSE Online platform.” Additionally, it said it has “developed strong relationships with NHSEI and other stakeholders to enhance the PCSE service.”

Capita’s public service chief executive Al Murray said the contract …

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I am not at all surprised that GPs are applaud that Capita have retained this contract, as the process of awarding contracts needs to be drastically and urgently looked at.

I assume this was done through some form of the ‘tender’ process, which is mainly a paper exercise, where prior knowledge is not considered. in reality all information should be considered. However, it is a somewhat open process as all decisions made can be challenged by the organisations being considered, so if there needs to be evidence on how decisions are being made, to include non-evidenced opinions can’t be allowed.

What needs to be practiced more is accountability and transparency, so that past history can be included where there is factual evidence available. But, in many instances there is no real factual evidence just an assessors opinion from non-proved incidents. So, when poor practice is brought to notice, these all need to be investigated and the evidence forthcoming used as evidence in the tender process.

But, in my experience very few incidents of poor practice are investigated or when they are not fully investigated. While not proved are the holding organisation, especially public bodies, such as the DWP, part of the poor practice as much public opinion believes, especially in benefit assessments.

This leads to distrust of all organisations involved and when distrust arises it is extremely difficult to overcome, so in all instances there needs to be openness, honesty and above all transparency, a lot of which is not evident in this and many other systems and processes.

 

 

Source: GPs criticise “appalling” decision to extend Capita’s primary care contract | The BMJ

Met Police: How Cressida Dick’s poor leadership of inexperienced officers led to her resignation


As the search begins for a new Metropolitan Police Commissioner to replace Dame Cressida Dick after she quit, former high-ranking police officers explain what they think went wrong inside the service

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Cressida has gone and not before time, as she was always too quick to dismiss reports and uphold that the Met was a good force and the problems were minimal. However, that appears to be totally incorrect and shows that Cressida was completely out of her depth, for to assume otherwise implies that she believed all that was happening  was acceptable.

The Met is in serious need to reorganisation, taking out the offending officers and not only at junior level but at virtually every level.

But, I fear this is not only at the Met, but at many other forces within the UK.

Yes, the actions of former Home Secretary Teresa May did not help, but the problems would have been there long before.

As a zero tolerance to crime in all areas needs to be the way forward, so does zero tolerance to any abuse in the Met and any Police Force.

I feel now is the time, well it should have been so well before, that policing of the Police should be done by an independent body, which includes members from all sections of Society and given enough powers to ensure failure is not part of the Agenda.

It will not be easy to find the right person to be Commissioner of the MET, but find them has to be done, otherwise the result will be complete anarchy.

Now the Cressida has gone the priority, as it as been for sometime, is for Boris to go to.

 

 

Source: Met Police: How Cressida Dick’s poor leadership of inexperienced officers led to her resignation

Unions and scientists claim Boris is moving ‘too far, too soon’ as rules set to be gone in fortnight | Daily Mail Online


Professor John Edmunds said SAGE, No10’s scientific advisers, ‘haven’t discussed’ ending quarantine.

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Yes, we do need to move forward, but this is the biggest step of all the big steps already taken, as this will mean there are no restrictions, when COVID is still with and while not to the same extent, people are still catching COVID and dying from COVID.

But that is not all, as yet we don’t fully know the implications of the results of Long-COVID, which for a good many of us are very debilitating.

It would also appear that this has not been raised with SAGE, when all along we have been advised we are listening to the Science. So, are we listening to the Science, have we always been listening to the Science and will we continue to listen to the Science. Well, we only have the ‘Word’ of Boris and what does that tell us. Currently, there are the questions around No. Parties and other instances, so, is this listening to Science or just a Boris tactic to gain favour or distract, who knows, only Boris.

During COVID we were assured that persons in Care Homes would be protected, but we now know that was not so, as COVID infected patients were discharged directly into care homes affecting many lives of care home residents and care home staff.

Not everyone is vaccinated as there is still a fair percentage of anti-vaxxers who we know will never be vaccinated, there are some who are still unsure, but they may get vaccinated, then there are those who because of certain conditions are unable to be vaccinated.

The mandatory vaccination of health and social care workers as been put on hold, while the mandatory vaccination of Care Home workers was not.

So it this really the right time to remove that last COVID restriction, on the face of it I feel no it needs to be retained.

Source: Unions and scientists claim Boris is moving ‘too far, too soon’ as rules set to be gone in fortnight | Daily Mail Online

‘Prisoners in our own homes’: Disabled Londoners who get changed on dirty floors anger at lack of public toilets – MyLondon


Even central London can be a nightmare for accessibility, a campaigner reveals

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A great deal of planning needs to be done before Sue Elsegood can go out and part of that is checking on toilet facilities for any toilet will not be of use and she will require a changing places toilet, which will have hoist facilities, a changing bed and other facilities .

Unfortunately, these are few and far between and not only in London, but all over the UK.

 

Source: ‘Prisoners in our own homes’: Disabled Londoners who get changed on dirty floors anger at lack of public toilets – MyLondon

Child refugees forced to share rooms with adults after being wrongly deemed over 18 | The Independent


Exclusive: Alarm over quality of Home Office age assessments as hundreds placed in adult hotels and only moved to children’s services when charities intervene

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As many refugees or asylum seekers have little or no Identity documents, as they may have lost them on route, had them stolen, were unable to bring them for some reason or they deliberately discarded then so that their identity, age and country of origin are unknown. It is, therefore very difficult for the authorities in the preferred country in which the persons wish to reside to correctly identify the correct information of the persons.

Some could be assumed younger that they say, older than say or actually believed, so the 2 former could cause many problems, children being classified as adults causing a problem for the children or adults classified as children causing problems for any children with whom they are placed. Let alone any problems they may come across on their treks over many lands. These are the risks that refugees and asylum seekers put themselves in, but there would more likely be risks if they stayed were they were.

So great care has to be taken by all concerned.

Many are undertaking these journey due to circumstances outside their control, so being incorrectly age assessed increases their problems, as does the length of the process and in many instances the quality of the accommodation they are placed in, especially having to share rooms and even more so beds.

The process needs to be conducted quicker, and there certainly needs to be more monitoring while the process is being conducted.

In reality it would be more beneficial if the need to seek asylum or be refugees were not necessary in the first place, but the reasons they do are also numerous, including famine, climate change, influence of wars and other conflicts, etc.

So great care needs to be undertaking by all concerned, so that successful outcomes are realised.

Source: Child refugees forced to share rooms with adults after being wrongly deemed over 18 | The Independent

Labour leader insists drinking with party staff last year did not breach rules – Wales Online


Sir Keir Starmer was photographed drinking with a number of people in a constituency office

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Who to trust, well here is a thought ‘Trust no one, especially a politician.’, as the only person you can really trust is yourself and even that is debatable sometimes.

 

Source: Labour leader insists drinking with party staff last year did not breach rules – Wales Online

Hiding behind the loophole of a dead sex trafficker? Stay classy, Andrew | Marina Hyde | The Guardian


‘Potential defendants’ are sweating (if they can) over whether Virginia Giuffre’s settlement with Epstein will protect them, says Guardian columnist Marina Hyde

 

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Prince Andrew stooping to a new low, just how low can he get, perhaps he is the supreme ‘Limbo’ dancer or is he a skater on ‘thin’ ice.

He knows no bounds for he appears to be an expert at squirming and he appears lucky that ‘Mummy. is so well financed, but for how much longer with Andrews record.

He was also close to both Maxwell and Epstein so he may know more than he lets on, so could be at risk from others involved who also could have much finance, influence and much more, so he could be sweating more, assuming he really can and his claim he does not could be another untruth. For, if this does get to court, which it should, he will have many instances to sweat. But money, influence and power is at work, it did not save Maxwell and certainly not Epstein, whose fate was sealed by some means, but could Andrew’s.

But would it be a miscarriage of justice for the real victims if he was, justice should prevail.

 

Source: Hiding behind the loophole of a dead sex trafficker? Stay classy, Andrew | Marina Hyde | The Guardian

Valentina Orellana-Peralta’s family demands ‘transparency’ from LAPD after officer killed her in a dressing room – The Washington Post


Valentina Orellana-Peralta, 14, was trying on quinceañera dresses at a store when an officer shot an assault suspect on the other side of the wall. She and the suspect died.

 

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Yet another US Police shooting with 2 dead, the suspect in the store who was unarmed and an innocent 14 year old girl in the stores dressing/changing rooms trying on dresses with her mother.

When will these senseless stop, only when America comes to its senses and realises that people with guns kill while people without guns do not.

Neither of these deaths should have occurred, especially the 14 year old girl.

But that is life in America or should it be death.

Source: Valentina Orellana-Peralta’s family demands ‘transparency’ from LAPD after officer killed her in a dressing room – The Washington Post

Long foodbank queues on Christmas Eve. – The poor side of life


A friend of mine that volunteers at a foodbank has just sent me the below images. They asked if their anonymity is kept and of course I’m respecting this. The photos were taken as they were a…

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Christmas Eve, the birth celebration of Christ, so we should all be equal, but here people are having to queue for food. This is not right and our Government has a ‘Duty of Care’ to ensure we all have the ability to obtain food without having to beg for it.

It is all our Duty to ensure that this Government ensures that we all can obtain food without having to beg, so make this Government be responsible and accountable to ensure that food is there for all by providing the means to make it possible.

This Government is not respecting the Human Rights of a proportion of the UK population and it needs to be made to do so, not only for Christmas, but throughout the lives of everyone.

 

Source: Long foodbank queues on Christmas Eve. – The poor side of life