White doctors in London are six times more likely to be offered jobs than black doctors | The BMJ


White doctors applying for medical posts in London are six times more likely to be offered a job than black applicants, figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show.The new data also show that white doctors are four times more likely to be successful than Asian candidates or candidates from a mixed ethnic background.The figures were uncovered by Sheila Cunliffe, a senior human resources professional who works in workforce transformation across the NHS and the wider public sector. Cunliffe sent freedom of information requests to all 18 NHS acute trusts in London asking for a breakdown by ethnicity for 2020-21 of the numbers of applicants for medical jobs, shortlisted candidates, …


When deeming the suitability of job applications for short listing, ethnicity and age should not be factors, so this information should be withheld in the short listing process. This would go some way to ensure interviews were, at least granted on ability, and it is a sad reflection on how short listing can be viewed.

However, discrimination would still be a factor at interview, so is it time to record interviews both audibly and visibly, so that there is more evidence than just a scoring sheet when the possibility of racial factors re non selection are raised.

This would go some way to minimise discrimination, but, unfortunately discrimination will never be fully done away with, unless the human factor is not present.

Also, the prospects of promotions and the methods of how it is done need to be more transparent.

This is a very sad reflection of the times, which after  many years racism is still regarded as being present. While I hope it is becoming less, this could be down to racists being more adept at covering their racist attitudes. Close monitoring of all aspects of employment need to be more present in all areas, especially employment and racism  be a criminal act with a very severe sentence.

 

 

Source: White doctors in London are six times more likely to be offered jobs than black doctors | The BMJ

GPs warn face-to-face appointments plan could lead to exodus of doctors | GPs | The Guardian


British Medical Association says blueprint could exacerbate GP shortage and see many leave the profession

 

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This may be correct to some extent, but is it the Government or the GPs who are out of touch, as I feel patients will largely welcome face to face, rather than the impersonal telephone appointments or video if you are lucky. In fact you are extremely lucky to get any form of appointment currently.

Currently my own health is not good so I am contacting my GP more often than I would normally have done and when I have managed to get through, after, more often than not, having been in a queue for going on 30 mins and sometimes a hour, only to be told all appointments have gone and never even offered any face to face, for those gone are only telephone appointments . My practice does not extend to video and telephone is the only form of communication as they have not joined the email age.

So are my practice offering face to face, who knows for the Receptionists are not forthcoming.

In the past, well before COVID, I have said that some face to face are not required, especially  if it is just to get results of tests, but then you were never offered telephone appointments, only face to face.

So it has gone from one extreme to another, when it should be a suitable mix.

I sometimes get the opinion that patients are just getting in the way and that no one in the practice cares anything for patients, this is, to some extent, also the way with hospital appointments, but not as grave as with GPs.

It is also one of the reasons why A&E visits are more in demand than previously, as people know when you get there you will be seen, even though the wait will be very lengthy. But not so with GPs for you are not allowed to enter a surgery unless you have a face to face appointment, when you can get one.

GPs could well be voting with their feet and yes they are under great pressure and well over worked, but so are very many of us.

But by not seeing patients many diagnosis are going unknown, for much of a diagnosis process is by observing patients, which can’t be done over a telephone and also not in some instances by video, if you can get them.

This is leading to many conditions not being diagnosed until it is too late, as many with, say, Cancer have found to their cost.

There is a shortage of GPs and if some are leaving this will make a serious situation very much worse, but there are shortages in many areas and in some of these health is also at stake, such as lack of social care, but the Government is virtually doing nothing on this.

All parties need to be listened to, being GPs, Government and patients and a suitable package worked out for all concerned.

I feel it is going to get much worse before there are any signs of any improvements.

Source: GPs warn face-to-face appointments plan could lead to exodus of doctors | GPs | The Guardian

‘If it were the UK, police would have opened fire’: the explosive film about Trump’s Capitol Hill rioters | Television | The Guardian


It was the day rampaging Trump supporters stormed the Capitol – and almost derailed democracy. Now, using footage from rioters’ cameras, an unsettling film takes you into the thick of the mayhem

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This is very hard to say because it would be very unusual for this to occur in the UK and armed police may not have been there.

Even if they were their nu, supporters of the then, current President, albeit a President to be removed, mbers would not have been great, so it would have been more than likely that they would have been riot police who would have been unarmed.

But, that been said it would not have been long before armed police would have arrived, but they would not have opened fire unless they were going to enter the building.

What does need to be said is, if this had been BLM instead of white supremacists, then the police would have opened fire and on a ‘shoot to kill’ basis, it is how it is in America. I am not saying the American police is racist, but all is done on profiling, so where black lives are involved it is shoot first and ask questions later, but these were White Supremacists and also supporters of a US current President, albeit a President very soon to be removed.

Which he was but not far enough, for Law and Order is moving very slowly in America, in fact, so slowly that before any action is taken the former President could again be standing for Office. He was guilty of inciting violence from his very first President Campaign, but was allowed to get away with it by the American Establishment.  Perhaps because the thought was a White American would not go as far as Trump did and is still doing.

 

Source: ‘If it were the UK, police would have opened fire’: the explosive film about Trump’s Capitol Hill rioters | Television | The Guardian

Austerity in England linked to more than 50,000 extra deaths in five years | Public sector cuts | The Guardian


Researchers looked at 2010-2015 when Cameron cuts to NHS and social care were starting to bite

 

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This was inevitable, as the austerity cuts made Local Authorities and Health Authorities to make savings due to the cuts where savings could not realistically be made, so essential services were being run on a ‘shoe string’ and then the next and next and next, etc, meant that the shoe string was getting shorter and shorter.

If you had money then the cuts really did not touch you greatly, but for the masses who don’t have money, many only having an income which is just sufficient and with some not even sufficient, it touched them greatly.

So for those you could least afford it suffered the worst and are still doing so. The Prim e Minister Boris Johnson talks about leveling up, but he keeps saying this but has no idea what it means. For to level up the resources which have been taken away since 2010 need to be returned and then more. For even in 2010 the levels were not correct, and many were below the levels. To put right money needs to be invested in all areas which are insufficient and it will not be cheap.

A start would be to fund Social Care and then health so that all you need care can reasonably get it without having to think where the money is coming from. For Social Care needs to be funded just as the NHS is thereby making it free on the point of delivery, which it should always have been.

This was a major mistake in 1948 for then Social Care and health should have been looked at as one and be managed together, with public health included.

As it was health was looked after, but not social care, even though they were inter-related.

So, the paltry amounts that the Prime Minister announced some weeks ago fell way short of what is actually required and social care will by doing so will always be the poor relation as care services go.

So due to insufficient funding deaths will continue to soar due to the severe lack of care services.

 

Source: Austerity in England linked to more than 50,000 extra deaths in five years | Public sector cuts | The Guardian

Austerity hit police’s ability to tackle violence against women, say ex-officers | Police | The Guardian


A man walks past a closed police station in Hackney, east London, in 2018, which has since been redeveloped into a free school. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

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Well it is apparent that something needs to be done and done urgently, but whatever it is it has to be through for there is no time for a second chance and at some times very little time for a first chance. As a first chance should have been done many years ago in all forces.

While the Met is under current scrutiny and has been for some years, there is much evidence that all is not right in virtually every police force.

But we come to the Met and especially, Dame Cressida Rose Dick DBE QPM who has been at the centre of some controversy in her career at the Met, fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes being one, but there have been others, but even though investigated never been officially criticised. But her continued tenure of being Met Commissioner is very much in question. There is a very fine dividing line between supporting your officers and taking appropriate actions. It can be said that maybe she defends her officers too much at the expense of required justice.

By keeping Dick there this is leading to much lack of public support for the Met.

 

Source: Austerity hit police’s ability to tackle violence against women, say ex-officers | Police | The Guardian

The scams most likely to trick midlifers


How to keep yourself safe from the most common frauds targeting 50-somethings

 

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Any scam does cause distress and certainly one re romance and dating as the person being scammed is more than likely at a low ebb to start with, so extremely very vulnerable. These scammers are in deed the very depths dealing with the most vulnerable in Society.

Now, it is evident that these scammers have no morals and have absolutely no concerns about those who they scam and dealing with many emotive issues. For it is not just the lost money, but the mixed emotions that are caused and in many instances these mixed emotions could lead to much further tragedies.

More should be done to safeguard those who are being scammed, but even more so the dating/romance sites should be held more responsible, for it is not sufficient for the sites to state that the profiles on the sites are all fake and only there for virtual communications, as many who join these sites are wishing for much more than messaging.

Surely, in this day and age, these sites should be more able to ensure that all the profiles are from genuine people who are really looking for what they state they are.

Even if you do not get scammed for money being sent to the scammers, but the sites illicit money either by subscriptions or for purchasing means to message.

||From mu=y own experience it is very evident that many who respond to persons looking for relationships are just there to ensure messaging is continued and there will be no likelihood of any eventual meetings. So it is therefore the romance/dating sites themselves who are scamming the people looking for relationships.

Means need to be found to ensure these sites are more transparent in their dealings and that all profiles are of genuine people.

Source: The scams most likely to trick midlifers

Priti Patel’s revenge on climate protesters is a dramatic curb on our democratic rights


Priti Patel’s revenge on Insulate Britain climate protesters is a dramatic curb on our democratic rightsThe ‘criminal disruption prevention orders’ announced by the Home Secretary would mean banning people from protests based on nothing more than suspicion

 

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Yes, it is, but should by allowing one persons rights, should that curb another’s, especially if they are innocent bystanders, surely not.

So by allowing Criminal disruption prevention orders Priti Patel is safeguarding the rights of innocent bystanders. By all means disrupt the Government and any others who are involved, but not innocent bystanders.

Source: Priti Patel’s revenge on climate protesters is a dramatic curb on our democratic rights

Scotland Yard urge women to ‘wave down a bus’ if they are concerned about being approached by a lone male officer


The Metropolitan Police guidance was branded ‘laughable’ and ‘derisory’

 

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Does Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave live and work in the real world, who in their right mind would challenge a lone  assumed Police officer, let alone a lone woman. It is not lone woman who needs to challenge, but fellow Police officers who should not blindly support their own colleagues for if something does not feel or sound right, then it is more than likely not to be right. For with their Police training they should be possible to spot a wrong , but has said they are more concerned at supporting colleagues rather than weeding out persons who should not be in the Police force.

A full investigation needs to be conducted to every force starting with the Met, so that bad officers can be found and dismissed before even more crimes are committed under the terms of the Law.

This needs to be done starting both at the top and the bottom. With recruiting becoming even more stringent.

It is also evident that sexual is not the only area, but as much so racism, gender, culture and many other aspects and not forgetting ‘Secret Society’ involvement.

 

 

Source: Scotland Yard urge women to ‘wave down a bus’ if they are concerned about being approached by a lone male officer

Police boss sparks fury for saying Sarah Everard should ‘never have submitted’ to arrest by Wayne Couzens


Nicola Sturgeon and campaigners have condemned the remarks as ‘appalling’ and ‘horrifically offensive’

 

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The Police do have a lot to learn, but they are not alone, for it appears so do Police and Crime commissioners, that is if they are like the one for North Yorkshire, one Philip Allott, the Conservative police and crime commissioner for North Yorkshire. As he blamed Sarah Everard, for putting herself in the position from which she was brutally murdered, for you should really trust the police and not fear and distrust them.

But, in this day and age trusting the police is not there, for they are racial profiling Black youths, creating even more distrust and anger in the ‘Black community’.

Really, can one refuse to be arrested, especially where the officer has other motives. For is not resisting arrest an  offence itself.

What Police officer is going to wait while you check them out and calling for help, who is going to help a person who appears to be being arrested, for they too could also be arrested.

Philip Allott is far from ‘fit for purpose, and should resign immediately.

The police are there for our own safety, well they should be, but in this day and urge, how can we all be sure?

True, the focus over the last few years has been mainly on the Met, but there have been others especially in South Yorkshire with the policing of Hillsborough in 1989 and also the Miners strike in 1972.

But there have been many incidents in many other forces.

Gone, many years ago has the public conception that you can trust the police. Many occupations have there ‘bad apples’ but it is how you deal with them, if you even do deal with them. The Policy is a community and there is a very strong element of sticking together and supporting each other, but when this leads to bad areas of policing the sticking together has to be stopped. Some police officers have tried to speak out and have suffered for doing so, as it should have been them who were supported, instead of those to whom the complaints or concerns were being made about.

Safeguarding in some respects has been lost in some Police forces and it desperately needs to return, otherwise respect for the policy will never return and them you have the situation in America where trust in the police is not there in many communities, just deep fear and mistrust, which is borne out in the actions of virtually all American Police officers, where some are acting as criminals instead of applying Law and Order and safeguarding the public, for there it appears they have a policy of shoot and ask questions later and in many instances the questions are not asked, do we really wish to follow an American example.

 

Source: Police boss sparks fury for saying Sarah Everard should ‘never have submitted’ to arrest by Wayne Couzens

Sarah Everard: Women Police Officers Are ‘Vilified’ For Reporting Misconduct Of Male Colleagues, Ex-Senior Cop Says | HuffPost UK


Former Met chief superintendent condemns “sexist” service that sees men “close ranks” and potentially abandon women while on duty.

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Yes, the Met commissioner Cressida Dick should go and should have gone long ago for there have been many incidents occurring under her tenure one being, Jean  Charles De Menezes, https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/feb/10/cressida-dick-de-menezes-shooting-met-police-desert-island-discs-radio-4, they say ‘lessons will be learnt’ but are they ever. In many instances the answer is no as for lessons to be learnt there as to be a concerted effort and in the Met is that concerted effort there, I fear not under Cressida Dick.

She is always too quick to come to the defense of the Met, as many in the Met are also. But it is not just Cressida who needs to go for many in the Met need to go also for the supporting officers under Cressida have not been supporting in good quality policing, only in supporting fellow officers, of which they were excellent.

But Police need to be there firstly for the public and if they are not should they be there.

It is not just how women are thought of both in and outwith the Police forces, but there are also serious concerns regarding Racism, membership of secret Societies and many more.

But is it just the Met, I fear not and this is an opportunity to have an in-depth investigation of not just the Met but every police force, but who would do it for are we trusting that the police can really police themselves. It needs to be done by a cross section of the public and also in the open.

There was a time when virtually everyone respected the Police, but now and for many years that is not so for that respect as changed to fear and mistrust.

Source: Sarah Everard: Women Police Officers Are ‘Vilified’ For Reporting Misconduct Of Male Colleagues, Ex-Senior Cop Says | HuffPost UK