Health & Education

  • ‘NHS England cancelling operations at three times the rate in Scotland!’ or ‘With 10% of the population to care for, NHS Scotland cancels only 3.3% of NHS England operations cancelled in January’ February 3, 2018 Utterly desperate for something to attack NHS Scotland and by association, the SNP Government, BBC Scotland News used Freedom of Information requests to ask all health boards to provide cancelled operation figures for the three weeks, ending on 26th January. They said: ‘The NHS statistics on cancelled operations in January will not be released for another month so BBC Scotland. All 14 NHS boards replied, and the total number of operations cancelled for non-clinical reasons came to 1,244. It is not known how many elective operations were scheduled but it is thought to be broadly similar to the 27,879 figure for January 2017, when 704 were cancelled.’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-42872062 First, let’s get an idea of the scale of the problem. Remembering that these ... Read More
  • Damning dossier from ambulance trust whistleblower claims Christmas and new year deaths were due to delays February 2, 2018 East Anglian Daily Times  20 January, 2018    Michael Steward     michael.steward@archant.co.uk    @MichaelReporter     One patient is said to have gone into cardiac arrest at Colchester General Hospital after taking themselves to A&E due to ambulance delays. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR A damning dossier compiled by a senior whistleblower from the region’s ambulance trust has claimed at least 40 patients died or were harmed due to delays over Christmas and New Year – including one person who froze to death. The damning dossier has been compiled by a senior whistleblower at the East of England Ambulance Service. Picture: SIMON FINLAY     The region’s NHS came under intense pressure in less than three weeks between mid-December and early January, with ambulances queuing outside A&E departments and patients reporting they were ... Read More
  • #ThankyouSNHS January 31, 2018 These last few weeks it feels like we’ve been inundated with scare stories over the Scottish NHS. Some stories have been badly labeled, stating NHS without clarifying which one, others have been gross misrepresentations of statistics compiled from FOIs, opposition press releases or even a mix of the two. Despite all this when you talk to people their experience are different. I’m not saying everyone is satisfied with all the services all the time but generally people are happy with the service they get as shown by the increasing satisfaction levels. The ambulance chasing media here are becoming more ghoulish in their desperation to get bad news stories. Harassing a family after the loss of a daughter is incredibly low to start with, ... Read More
  • MPs discuss new technology to ‘help disabled get to work’ – while taking away their cars January 31, 2018 MPs on the Work & Pensions Committee in the House of Commons are discussing today new technology from the likes of Microsoft, Apple and Google which will (according to the HoC press release below) “help people with disabilities get into, progress in – and literally get to work.” Perhaps someone should point out to MPs that if they are really interested in helping disabled people get to work, then perhaps they should discuss returning some of the ‘old’ technology that has been taken away from them in the last few years. Such as cars: More than 50,000 disabled people have had specially adapted vehicles taken away since changes to disability benefits in 2013. Motability car loss ‘left me suicidal’ says disabled man Obviously, all this ‘new technology’ is ... Read More
  • Scotland’s A&E departments impressive performance on the 4-hour target contrasts dramatically with the other UK areas as they worsen dangerously and are apparently out of control January 31, 2018 https://twitter.com/NuffieldTrust/status/957593601155870720 The Nuffield Trust have released an update, on 28th January, on the percentage of patients waiting more than four hours in A&E. The graph above looks frankly frightening with regard to the situation in Tory England, Labour Wales and DUP Northern Ireland. It’s clear that NHS Scotland has managed to stay very near the demanding 5% maximum target requiring more than 4 hours other than in the winters of 2012/13 and 2014/15. During the period 2012 to mid-2015, NHS England’s A&E departments performed slightly better than those in Scotland. That might be expected given the greater severity of Scottish winters. However, since then, NHS England’s A&E departments have performed less-well and this winter have begun to soar away from the Scottish ... Read More
  • The War Against Depression: Must-Have Weapons For Your Arsenal December 8, 2017 Depression is one of the fastest growing mental health conditions of the current generation. Sadly, it affects millions of people to varying levels of severity and is one of the harshest problems to overcome. However, it is possible.Battles with depression can last a lifetime, though. This is why you must equip yourself with the necessary weapons for war. Focus on these factors below, and the mental condition will suddenly become a far less scary opponent.   Self-Awareness The first step to overcoming a battle with any mental condition is to accept that you have a problem. You wouldn’t ignore a major physical health issue, so it’s imperative that you apply those same rules to your mental health. Everybody has ups and downs in life. ... Read More
  • Depression, you ugly beast December 6, 2017 I suffer from depression. I have on and off for many years. That’s not to say I live in a perpetual state of doom and gloom, because I have had many years where I feel fine, great even. But now isn’t one of them. This blog isn’t about why the black dog or ugly beast as I find a more appropriate term has entered my life and shows no signs of leaving. Anyone who reads my blog or knows me, probably understands the many triggers for my darkness at this time. No this is my attempt to explain depression to those who may have never experienced it before. I thought writing while I felt really low might help others understand that ... Read More
  • Disabled wheelchair user denied ESA payments. Horrendous Universal Credit waiting times. Today’s demo. November 16, 2017 Well what can I say about today except that it was extremely busy and very cold. It appears that Ashton Under Lyne Jobcentre have upped their targeting of claimant techniques, most likely because they are now meeting the claimants that have been transferred over from nearby recently closed Jobcentre, Stalybridge. Far too many of the claimants that I have been speaking to have been telling me how awful Ashton Jobcentre is compared to what Stalybridge was like, I’ve even heard murmurings from the DWP staff that were transferred that they dislike it. Sadly this isnt a surprise is it.   The food parcels arrived with Gordon of which I was really thankful for. So many people are experiencing the well known delays ... Read More
  • Yemen November 13, 2017 Yemen Geneva Palais Briefing Note: The impact of the closure of all air, land and sea ports of Yemen on children This is a summary of what was said by Meritxell Relano, UNICEF Representative in Yemen – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. GENEVA, 10 November 2017 – Yemen is facing the largest humanitarian crisis and the worst food crisis in the world. Nearly 7 million people do not know where their next meal will come from and the survival of millions of people depends on humanitarian assistance operations.  You have all seen the statements from the humanitarian community in Yemen and from the Emergency Relief Coordinator based ... Read More
  • SNP to bring in free personal care for disabled under-65s by April 2019 September 10, 2017 There’s only one problem and that’s the possibility that the nasty Tories will cut disability benefits before they are transferred to the Scottish government and thus limit what they can do. So, according to the news.gov.scot site today: ‘Health Secretary Shona Robison is seeking urgent assurances there will be no cuts to disability benefits for people set to benefit from ‘Frank’s Law’ before these are transferred to the Scottish Government. The Health Secretary has written to David Gauke, the Secretary for State for Work and Pensions, to ensure there is no repeat of the welfare cuts imposed when Free Personal Care was introduced in 2002, which has resulted in the Scottish Government spending an additional £600m to mitigate against those benefits ... Read More