Health & Education
- From the horses mouth….. May 28, 2017 Being in hospital for a week offered me a unique opportunity to see for myself how our NHS in Scotland really works. For me it was more of a listening exercise due to being heavily sedated most of the time. By that I mean no long meaningful discussions took place just comments on the murmurings of the variety staff who cared for me.
Lack of any decent internet and not really being bothered with the TV meant any news was should I say ‘ after the event’!
It was only after listening to staff making their thoughts clear to each other about the now infamous anti SNP nurse that I asked what had happened……at no point did I flag up my colours!!, ... Read More
- Karen Martin – Nurse – A Response To The Nurse Who Cried Foodbank May 22, 2017
Right well the Leaders Debate same old same old SNP bad, no getting a referendum, SNP bad but as hard as Ruth Davidson, Kezia and co tired they couldn’t land a blow on Nicola Sturgeon then it changed. You see in the audience waiting like a tiger prowling it’s pray was Claire Austin a nurse with a question, it was her second appearance on BBC in weeks after being on Question Time but at the time didn’t get to ask her question so she had been invited back to ask it this time fair enough no problem.
This was a passionate question one which she delivered with great vigour and one that she would demanded a answer, deserved an answer More ... Read More
- Woman sanctioned after miscarriage was left in poverty and suicidal May 19, 2017 A woman was left with just £24 each week of her social security to live on after suffering a miscarriage and being sanctioned. She has told the Daily Record how she considered suicide after being left with barely anything to buy food and pay bills.
Lyndsey Turnbull told of her ordeal as the Scottish Government formally launched their new welfare-to-work programmes.
Lyndsey from Midlothian, said: “I wanted to get into work but the whole thing seemed geared up to punish those who wanted to get off benefits.”
She was on approximately £140 a fortnight Employment and Support Allowance when she missed an appointment after having a miscarriage around nine weeks into a pregnancy.
She said: “I was in a bad place and couldn’t talk to anyone about ... Read More
- MY NAME IS SANDRA MARSHALL May 18, 2017 MY NAME IS SANDRA MARSHALL, AND TODAY LIFE CHANGES!
TODAY I BECOME A WARRIOR FOR PEACE, JUSTICE, FAIRNESS, REAL SUPPORT and FACILITATION OF EDUCATION!
THERE IS HOPE, THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE, YOU JUST HAVE TO PUT THE EFFORT IN!
NOTHING HAS TO STAY THE SAME FOREVER!
THE WORLD CAN CHANGE, YOU JUST HAVE TO CHANGE IT!
EVERYTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE UNTIL IT IS DONE! (NELSON MANDELA)!
WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO CHANGE EVERYTHING, IT’S TIME!
Yesterday, I heard some very sad news, yesterday a woman Lesley, in her thirties or forties died from an overdose, because, well we will never know the real answer to that. A woman who had suffered trauma and abuse all her adult life. A woman who fought a drug dependency for years and ... Read More
- Terminally ill woman lost her ESA, home and all her belongings after being told she was fit for work May 17, 2017 Claire Hardwicke
Claire Hardwicke has stage four thyroid cancer. This means that it has spread to other parts of her body, and sadly, Claire was told that her cancer is terminal. She also has chronic osteoarthritis. Despite taking 80mg of morphine a day to cope, she still experiences considerable pain.
Additionally, Claire already had a life-threatening, acute allergy to latex. This means that she has to carry an EpiPen at all times, which is an epinephrine (adrenaline) injection to treat life-threatening anaphylaxis. Developing a severe allergy to latex unfortunately meant that Claire could no longer continue working as a mental health nurse.
Claire first became ill 9 years ago with uterine/ovarian cancer, but it was the allergy that made her unemployable and ended her ... Read More
- Desperate, underpaid NHS paramedic tells Theresa May: “I’ve seen things no one should have to witness” May 14, 2017
A paramedic has written a moving description on Facebook (see below) of the difficulties he has to face every day in his job, and how he is paid a pittance of just £12.35 an hour to do it.
This is because the Tory government has over the last 7 years capped paramedics’ and other public workers’ pay rises at 1%.
The cabinet ministers who made that decision, however, have seen their own pay rise over the last 7 years to the point they are making approximately £117.92 an hour*, on top of which they can also claim expenses, subsidies and other perks.
A perfect example of Theresa May’s warped Britain today.
I joined the Ambulance Service in 1986.
For over 28 years I worked doing ... Read More
- It cuts both ways May 12, 2017 I’ve had lots of conversations on social media in recent weeks which boil down to the concept of personal responsibility. I don’t expect I’m saying anything original here, but I’m so frustrated by the double standards I see day in, day out, I wanted to write something down.
The starting point for this, again, is the ongoing debate around the UK government’s family cap. Many of us in Scotland have been puzzled about why the widespread horror around the family cap that has led to the so-called “rape clause” doesn’t seem to be felt south the border to the same extent, and in my experience the main reason cited seems to be the concept of personal responsibility. I could go on and on about ... Read More
- Mental Health – Complex Trauma or PTSD or Being Human May 9, 2017 With regard to Mental Health, I have learned so much and more each and every day I learn. It was no different in our workshop today. So many different unique perspectives on one subject. I have suffered from a complex trauma issue for a few years now and I have been human all my life.
There are times when I over-react simply because my brain is telling me about the dangerous situation I am in, even when it is not a dangerous situation.
If a trigger I have never realised was there suddenly decides to rock my boat, it takes time to recognise what it is and what I can do to re-train my brain not to consider that particular trigger a ... Read More
- Dr Anna Gregor (Retd) – In the Past An Advocate Of Progressive Healthcare – In the present a Whistle-Blower with no Pea In Her Whistle – Yet The Unionists Keep Trotting her Out To Start Arguments With Little Substance Since They Are At Odds With Reality May 8, 2017 2017: Dr Gregor (retd): I Am A Unionist – Stages Career Comeback- Just For One day
Dr Gregor’s recent attack on the Scottish Health Service and Scottish Government was entirely expected.
A willing horse, she was trotted out by “Better Together” to deliver her poisoned views in the 2014 Independence Referendum.
At that time she said that she was not an avid “no” campaigner but she had issues with Alex Salmond who had claimed independence was needed to protect the Health service in Scotland from the Tory government in Westminster.
In her diatribe she also accused senior medical staff who supported Alex Salmond’s statement, of lying.
But her comments at the time she was interviewed on “www.radio.cz” and other publications, gives lie to he assertion ... Read More
- Theresa May’s secretive plans to replace NHS in England with private US healthcare system Kaiser Permanente May 8, 2017 Kaiser Permanente is a private healthcare organisation based in California.
But unlike many other private healthcare companies in the US, Kaiser provides a complete model of integrated pre-paid insurance along with healthcare which is supposedly provided free at the point of need.
This is a system much like our own NHS but with three major differences – Kaiser’s healthcare provision is much more expensive than the NHS, the healthcare provision side is run for profit and unlike the NHS its cover isn’t comprehensive – it only covers those people who are in work.
Despite that, Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt seems to love Kaiser. He and other ministers have personally visited the company at its California headquarters – several times in fact: ... Read More