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

Windrush scandal caused by ‘30 years of racist immigration laws’ – report | Windrush scandal | The Guardian


Exclusive: legislation has been designed to reduce the UK’s non-white population, according to leaked government paper

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Unfortunately this report does not surprise me as we have had reports after reports that there is institutional racism in many of our UK organisations, some of these organisations are masquerading as police forces, but the higher echelons in those forces did not fully agree.

But ‘Windrush’, even after all the atrocities their descendants went through under ‘Slavery’, they were still prepared to come to the UK in the 50s when they were asked to help us in our ‘hour of need’ to find that many in the UK resented them coming. But, even after that they did what they promised to do and worked exceedingly well to help the UK and when they could afford to they brought their families to the UK and they to did all they can to help the UK while having to undergo extreme and very ugly racism attacks.

When they came they were British citizens and did not need official papers to travel to the UK, just as we didn’t need papers to travel for where they came from, many from the West Indies were an extension of the UK throughout the UK, they were British citizens as anyone was and still is in the UK.

They were fairly content in the UK and so didn’t apply for formal recognition as many others who were actually born in the 4 countries of the UK did not. Only those who wished to travel outside the UK applied for passports and these were the lucky ones for they did have then formal documents to show they were UK citizens.

But due to immigration laws passed while they were residing in the UK, and the attitudes of some in the Home Office and certain Government Ministers it came that officially they couldn’t easily prove that they were British citizens, even though if these Home Office officials and Government Ministers were bothered to check employment records the proof was there.

So, many were illegally classed as being here illegally, which was so wrong. They trusted the UK and that trust was severely broken.

Many were even illegally deported to a land they left many years ago to help the UK, where what roots they had there were no more, they were deported to be on their own as their friends were near them in the UK.

It makes me so ashamed to say I am British,  and those who allowed this to occur should be made accountable, perhaps even shipped off to lands they don’t know and don’t know anyone.

It was and still is a scandal which should not have occurred or been allowed to occur.

The UK owes everyone who was caught up in this scandal and everyone should be recompensed immediately not in weeks, months or even years, but immediately.

The various UK Governments concerned and the Home Office Officials need to pay for causing this scandal, but ‘lessons are not learnt’, no they never are, for to learn there needs to be a willingness to learn and that is not there, so other scandals occur, evacuation from Afghanistan to name but one and more are still to occur. It is abuse of power and no caring.

 

Source: Windrush scandal caused by ‘30 years of racist immigration laws’ – report | Windrush scandal | The Guardian

The Spanish state has launched an offensive against exiled Catalan MEPs


Just shows how, currently, undemocratic Spain is, one would believe that Franco is still in authority.

Josep Goded

The Spanish state via unionist parties has launched an offensive against Catalan exiles and MEPs. The Committee on Legal Affairs of the European Parliament, led by Adrián Vázquez from Spain’s extremist party C’s, announced that it could not verify the MEP credentials of exiles Carles Puigdemont, Clara Ponsatí, Toni Comin, as well as Jordi Solé. He asked for Spain’s Electoral authority, which is under influence of the far-right, to make a decision on the matter. However, Vázquez himself admitted that, for the time being, practical problems would not be an issue for them to continue doing their jobs as MEPs.

“The European Parliament has yet to receive any notification and documentation from Spain to prove the four civilians meet the requirements to get the credentials,” he said

The most surprising part of Vázquez’s explanation is that the decision of what should happen to the four MEPs is in the hands…

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US tourists claim restaurant scammed them into paying $640 for crab legs and cocktails in Mykonos  | Daily Mail Online


Brenda Moulton and her 19-year-old daughter Kaylea were looking to spend an idyllic day on the paradisiac Platys Gialos beach, but in turn, had the scare of their lives at DK Oyster bar, they claimed.

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Scam it may be, but please always beware and don’t order anything until you know the price and conditions.

You are on holiday and feel relaxed, but the places you visit are not on holiday and certainly not relaxed. Also, the law is the law of the country in which you are in, irrespective of how you view the law in your home country.

Do endeavour to enjoy your holiday, but please also be well aware what you are doing if you wish to go home unharmed.

Fleecing of tourists can happen anywhere.

 

Source: US tourists claim restaurant scammed them into paying $640 for crab legs and cocktails in Mykonos  | Daily Mail Online

Government says it’s too costly to give disabled people in fire risk blocks evacuation plans – The Big Issue


Campaigners say they are “devastated” after ministers rejected recommendations made following inquiry into the Grenfell fire

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Everyone should be equal, but some are more equal than others as finance is a prime factor in creating equality when it shouldn’t be, as needs should be the main factor within any legislation to combat discrimination.

Disability discrimination was supposed to be dealt with through the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, amended by the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 and then replaced by the Equality Act 2010,

but written into these acts was the proviso, that  if adjustments were to be seen to be unreasonable then the adjustments did not need to be proceeded with and exorbitant costs were one of those provisos.

This could well be the reason for the rejected recommendations in the case of the Grenfell fire. But should costs be, really a reason to make safety not equal.

In building regulations these should be there to protect and when, especially, these regulations were not abided by, then, irrespective of costs all actions and recommendations should be carried through and make those who were at fault accountable.

 

Source: Government says it’s too costly to give disabled people in fire risk blocks evacuation plans – The Big Issue

Man with severe learning disabilities faces being deported to Jamaica | Home Office | The Guardian


Judge has found 34-year-old, who needs support with basic tasks, would ‘struggle to survive’ if deported

 

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The Home Office is the guilty here, guilty of having no ‘Duty of Care’.

It is very evident that this man was exploited by those he was with and therefore was not guilty of any offence. In fact the Home Office should be doing all they can to retain this man in the UK and allow his family to care for him.

But, the Home office is blinkered for if he is deported they will be sending him to certain death, but I believe the Home Office has no conscience and certainly no understanding of the circumstances.

Whether this be by ignorance or design is not clear, but I fear the latter.

Source: Man with severe learning disabilities faces being deported to Jamaica | Home Office | The Guardian

Hundreds of patient data breaches are left unpunished | The BMJ


Pharmaceutical companies, NHS commissioners, and universities have repeatedly breached agreements around sharing patient data, audits show. Should NHS Digital curtail their access? Esther Oxford reports

Hundreds of organisations including pharmaceutical companies, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), and universities have breached patient data sharing agreements in the past seven years and yet their access to the information is not curtailed, The BMJ can reveal.

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This is extremely disturbing about any data, but even more so about patient data.

For we have all assured that this is does not occur often, but, if it does the full protection of the data protection processes will be brought into force.

Data is essential in research and, if it’s usage is not being policed fully, then more and more data will not be agreed to be released and used, which will inevitably affect future developments in research.

Then to find the likes of Virgin Care then refused to allow access to check their compliance is unbelievable. But Virgin Care do apparently feel they are entitled to do as they please and become really offended if they are not allowed to do so. Hence the case where Virgin didn’t win a tender and took legal action against the respective authority.

Where compliances are suspect then all organisations need to be compelled to allow access to ensure that compliances are correctly conducted, if they don’t then they should be barred from tendering  for more contracts.

 

Source: Hundreds of patient data breaches are left unpunished | The BMJ

Saudi Prince Alwaleed says Musk will be ‘excellent leader’ for Twitter | Reuters


Saudi Arabian investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said on Thursday billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk will be an “excellent leader” for Twitter, as he agreed to roll his $1.89 billion stake into the deal rather than cashing out.

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That is debateable for Musk with all his $billions his decision making could be flawed, especially with his apparent desire to reinstate the Twitter account of Trump.

 

Source: Saudi Prince Alwaleed says Musk will be ‘excellent leader’ for Twitter | Reuters

Guests walk out of Scottish Football awards ceremony over ‘sexist, racist and homophobic jokes’  | Daily Mail Online


BBC presenter Eilidh Barbour led a walkout at the Scottish Football Writers’ Association (SFWA) awards in Glasgow over ‘sexist and racist’ jokes made by a keynote speaker.

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Good on Eilidh on her action and all the others who walked out for the time is long gone when ‘sexist, racist and homophobic’ jokes should be made anywhere and the time should never have existed.

Infact, I feel the keynote speaker should be prosecuted for making such jokes, as until the authorities take this seriously people will continue to do as they please and ‘lessons will never be learnt’.

More prosecutions need to be made to ensure abusive jokes are being curtailed and thereby make life better for all concerned, perhaps, even the venue and the organisers of the event should also be prosecuted.

If, these so called ‘jokers’ can only raise laughs by creating abuse then they should not be around.

Everyone has the Right to lead a life free from abuse.

Eilidh’s action is a far better way to deal with these abusive people than follow the example of Will Smith at the Oscars, a walkout rather than a slap, much better result. But a prosecutive would be even better.

Source: Guests walk out of Scottish Football awards ceremony over ‘sexist, racist and homophobic jokes’  | Daily Mail Online

US supreme court poised to overturn abortion law: what the leaked opinion says and what happens next


What is the draft opinion about the landmark US abortion decision Roe v. Wade and how did we find out about it?

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So this draft judgement is how the Supreme Court views the American Constitution in that they say ‘legal approach which holds that laws, including the constitution, should be applied as they were understood when first passed. Alito argues over several pages that abortion was not a right accepted or protected in the US for much of the nation’s history before 1973.’

However, this Constitution was implemented in the late 1700s and most of the World has progressed much since then, with a few exceptions, Afghanistan for one and it appears the US for another.

Medical processes since then are no way what they were in the late 1700s, but in general no one is wishing to proceed as they were in the late 1700s. So some, especially those with Republican views are picking and choosing which they still wish to abide by and those they don’t and other, which they tend to mistranslate.

Human Rights have progressed so, much in many countries, while in some have regressed, Afghanistan being a prime example, especially with regards to women. So, in effect, if Roe v Wade is overturned so some women’s rights will be as they were in the late 1700s rather than the 21st century, the US will, in some respects be similar to Afghanistan. Thereby, Republican law having some similar aspects to Taliban law, this really what Republicans wish for.

Abortion is not the only contentious issue for there is also the US Gun Laws. If we abide as in the possible overthrow of Roe v Wade that the ruling should follow the Constitution as it was in the late 1700s. It would mean the armaments should be similar to those of the late 1700s and not the supreme weapons of the 21st century, such as AK-47s.

In the late 1700s civilian militias were formed as it was not sure if the national forces could be trusted, especially in some areas of the US,  but, in reality can that be said today.

It would appear now that many have ‘arms’ without any involvement in any militias, surely that is against the Constitution, unless it is for hunting and home defense, but not while within any outside communities as surely that is why there are Police forces, which in many instances there were not in the late 1700s, except for perhaps an untrained Sheriff and some deputies.

Americans appear to pick and choose what they live by and in many instances infringe on many Human Rights of others.

 

 

 

Source: US supreme court poised to overturn abortion law: what the leaked opinion says and what happens next