New hospital lies from the Tories

Earlier this week we had the spectacle of new health secretary, Mr irreversible, there’s no going back Sajid Javid, a man with an attitude of ‘if you get covid just walk it off’, a chap with all the empathy & bedside manners of Skeletor, sat on a train to Cumbria saying he’s off to open one of 48 new hospitals. Except he wasn’t.

The whole opening new hospitals schtick that the Tories have been whittering about for a long time now has always failed to materialise and even the additional Nightingale Hospitals opened to deal with increases due to COVID were a scam with no additional staff to run them, they were a political stunt and nothing more. Sadly, PR is more important to the shambles running the country than actually running the country and so Javid’s stunt was readily exposed – by doctors at the very hospital Javid was heading for – a hospital that has very much existed for the last 20 years!

What Javid was off to open was a new unit, a new cancer unit. State of the art yes, a great thing for the hospital and if they’d been honest about it, would have reflected well on the Tories, but instead they went with the enormous fib that it’s a brand new hospital! Worse, when the lie got exposed people will naturally have dug down into the detail and it was quickly picked up on by left wing Labour MP Jon Trickett that the unit was actually ordered in 2017, so actually had nothing to do with Johnson or his team whatsoever.

Trouble is, this is just one example of a very dishonest set of claims regarding new hospitals. Hospitals who have had their layouts changed, had a unit replaced, had a refurb, been merged are all being called new hospitals when that is anything but the truth and most damningly, the government is demanding the NHS implicate itself in this lie by backing the government up and saying they are new hospitals too – they’ve issued guidance on it!

The guidance demands that, and I quote ‘the schemes named in the announcement are not all identical and vary across a number of factors, however they do all satisfy the criteria we set of what a new hospital is and so must always be referred to as a new hospital.’

Now there is a paragraph doing some exceptionally heavy lifting! They vary across a number of factors, yes they do, they are all changes to existing hospitals, but therefore still not new hospitals. ‘They satisfy the criteria we set of what a new hospital is’. Well what criteria is this then? The criteria of, we promised in our manifesto that we’d build 48 new hospitals by the end of the decade and of course we lied about that, we are Tories after all, so lets try and spin our way out of this one! That is essentially what this all is, an exercise in spin to make it look like they’re doing something they actually aren’t and as for the criteria?

Well here you are, here’s a box of plasters, lets call it a new hospital shall we? Here’s a tubular bandage, another brand new hospital, here’s some hearing aid batteries an other hospital there and look, I’ve got my very own NHS trust!

This is literally as honest as any of the claims the Tories have just made and the saddest part of it is, is they’re getting away with it because this story has been woefully underreported because most of our mainstream media, particularly the right-wing rags have not picked it up. Once more it is small, alternative media outlets that have exposed this.

The thing is, for all these supposed new hospitals, many have seen bed reductions, where mergers have taken place, services across the board have been reduced, our health service capacity has been reduced over 11 years of Tory rule and its all happened at the worst possible time. A report out today published via the Lancet Infectious Diseases Medical Journal – so not Tory spin, but proper scientific research, has shown you’re twice as likely to be hospitalised by the Delta COVID variant, than the original alpha strain. We’re already seeing cases of COVID rise, particularly in places where schools have already returned and where there have been large gatherings, Newquay for example here in Cornwall is riddled with COVID right now off the back of Boardmasters, Deaths are already back above 100 a day nationally and apparently Johnson considers 1000 deaths a week an acceptable number to keep the country open. How sick of him to put a value on human life – you can bet he wouldn’t value his own as such. If one of these 1000 a week was a member of your family would you consider their death to be for the good of the economy? The vast majority of schools haven’t gone back yet, the government has put no mitigations in place in them despite them being shut for weeks, so you know what is going to happen next.

If you voted for the Tories on the back of their promise to build 48 new hospitals, you were lied to. They want the NHS gone, the pandemic is giving them cover to do it since the additional strain its under excuses their claims that it is unfit for purpose. Fact is they’ve underfunded it, underequipped it and understaffed it for 11 years and just as we may all need it most, it’s at its lowest ebb. It’s what the Tories always do, the NHS has never and will never be safe in their hands, so stop voting for them.

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The Real Pandemic is our Politicians

Freedom day looms, but its more Free-doom day in the eyes of many and its not just rotten lefties like me saying it, though sadly the ones you want to be saying it, the ones you want to be calling it out for what it is, our own leaders are failing us. It doesn’t matter what party it is, there’s no concerted pushback against opening up. You might’ve guessed Keir Starmer wouldn’t, too busy with yet another relaunch of himself as he is, still oblivious to the fact Labour’s biggest problem is him and the fact nobody can stand his forensic nothingness, but besides that his track record of supporting the government over repeated Covid mistakes, no ifs, no buts, no equivocation makes him little better than the ruling party, particularly when he’s refused to put forward alternatives, bereft of any ideas that he is. He’s a seat warmer and its maddening that he cannot formulate an idea or a position as more and more people have repeatedly fallen ill or worse since this pandemic began.

As bad as government handling has been though, they’re set to make their biggest mistake of all, tearing up most of the COVID restrictions, reopening the last businesses and venues still closed even though we’re seeing cases rise across the country. Yesterday there were 51,870 new cases and 49 fatalities. That’s the highest since January 11th, when we were a week into the lockdown at the beginning of this year. No sign that they’re going to take that route again now, not with the new Health Secretary sajid Javid and his opinion on opening up being ‘irreversible’. Mr Irreversible, despite being double jabbed, tested positive for COVID himself just today.

Yesterday 1,220 scientists condemned the move. Some convened an emergency summit over the issue of Freedom Day just yesterday, from India, to Italy, France to the US and this has been covered by the Financial Times and Independent to their credit, demonstrating the seriousness of this and their response is chilling even in the middle of a heatwave.

It has been variously described as a ’danger to the world’, on the basis that we act as an international travel hub and a virus outbreak here, particularly of a new variant, of which all the conditions for developing are now in place, will readily spread to the rest of the globe. It has been described by these scientists as ‘unscientific and unethical’, by US scientist William Haseltine, renowned for his work on HIV and AIDS who said ‘It is leading to disaster as we can see in the numbers. I follow the numbers daily in the UK and I am extremely dismayed to see the very rapid rate of increase in infections in a population which is vaccinated like we are. I believe that the strategy of herd immunity is actually murderous: I think that’s a word we should use, because that is what it is; it is knowledge that you are doing something that will result in thousands, and in some cases tens of thousands of people dying. It is a disastrous policy, it’s been clear that that’s been the case for some time, and to continue to espouse that policy is unconscionable.”

Most tellingly I felt came the message from Prof. Michael Baker of New Zealand’s COVID advisory group, who has called out the UK government’s real response from the start – an approach of herd immunity rapidly identified as unacceptable. It’s very hard to argue with the New Zealand experts when they’ve called it right from the start, their government has acted accordingly from the start and their death toll is in double figures as a result instead of 6 figures and climbing as ours is. Why will our government not see reason or listen to reason? Why is the public still apparently backing Johnson right now?

For a start, Johnson is still for the most part shielded by the media, but the continued presence of Professors Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance continue to lend credibility to Johnson’s plans. Whitty is on record as saying recently that with the number of people doubling in hospitals every three weeks we could get into quite scary numbers soon and that we shouldn’t underestimate the fact we could get into trouble again surprisingly fast. Well WHY for the love of God man, do you still stand next to Johnson at those pressers? WHY do you still help him carry out his plans by lending credibility to what he’s doing, by appearing with him? I have to say I’m heartily sick and tired of Whitty’s warnings, when he still turns up to support the government, when he will also trot out lines like there’s ‘no clear evidence’ that delaying opening up would make a difference. Constantly giving contradictory instruction. 1,220 scientists around the world would disagree with that, the stats taken over the last 18 months of this nightmare and the resulting lockdowns combined with vaccinations would suggest there IS clear evidence!

I’m not the only one laying into him, The Lancet’s editor in chief Prof. Richard Horton has gone so far as to say Whitty was ‘wilfully misrepresenting public opinion’ with claims that the Prime Minister’s approach is supported by public opinion – he’s right and Whitty standing in support at all those public announcements is helping to drive public opinion. Stop turning up to them, then lets see what happens to public opinion!

If over 1000 scientists unanimously condemning Johnson isn’t enough for you, if Independent SAGE, if the most eminent peer-reviewed general medical journal, The Lancet condemning our government isn’t enough, the British Medical Journal have also weighed in. Upon opening up they expect record breaking case numbers and most worryingly we’re expected to see our hospitals struggle. Over the last 18 months we’ve lost a lot of medical staff, between getting burnt out during this pandemic or due to Brexit, with so many foreign nationals working in the NHS leaving. We’ve already seen hospitals on black alert, queues of ambulances waiting to get into A&E and planned ops being cancelled & now ever increasing COVID cases too. Hospitalisations are up 621%, ventilator cases are up 338% since the end of May and we haven’t hit Freedom Day yet, when things will get so, so much worse.

What we’re also seeing amongst these positive cases too is that a large percentage of them are amongst the young, just take a look at this graph from Test and Trace on primary schools:

Kids don’t get as ill they keep saying, well I’ve had 4 of them test positive and all have been ill with it. Fatalities will be down though because of vaccination some of you will say, well take a look at this from the ONS:

You can see on the left there infections and you can clearly see schools are driving it once again. We already knew they did, Johnson called them vectors of transmission, yet still they won’t be closed and they even removed the need for masks! Fortunately some schools, my own childrens included, ignored this and reinstated mandatory mask-wearing. Supermarkets have done likewise, they can see the writing on the wall. Then look at the other graphs, hospitalisations and deaths and which groups are most susceptible? The elderly. Again. The double-jabbed elderly. The vaccines are not 100%, people can still catch it if double jabbed, people are still dying despite being double jabbed. The vaccines are not in and of themselves the panacea Boris Johnson and his regime promised they would be and that’s because they had no way of knowing, they keep making shit up. Do they mitigate spread and levels of illness? Of course, but with each variant springing up that becomes less and less the case and when Freedom Day looks set to turn us into a giant petri dish of an island, a plague island, with measures designed not in any way to save lives, but to put economic interests first, all we’ll end up doing is developing another variant, more vaccine resistant variants, more cases of long covid, the long term effects of which are not known, but which are now showing to cause organ damage. What shape will our economy end up in if we end up with more of the workforce being left unable to work? It is economic as well as societal self-harm.

On top of all of this, the Tories got their second reading of their NHS Privatisation Bill through this week which will increase privatisation of our NHS, as well as remove the duty of care to us it has. How dangerous is this? Imagine having treatment refused because you’re too expensive to treat? What if that’s as a result of your having COVID? Labour has been pathetically weak on this as well, but when Starmer’s recently former chief advisor was a healthcare lobbyist and some of their current biggest donors stem from private healthcare, this should come as little surprise. They’re failing us as usual these days, but on the NHS its unforgivable.

In situations where both main parties are shit, the Lib Dems tend to start picking up votes, but that isn’t really happening either, which implies the Tories still enjoy support for what they’re doing.

What they are doing is presiding over an utterly irresponsible, world threatening act of violence against their own people, other nations and combining that with undermining our strained NHS at the same time, pushing policies to wilfully collapse it. Even the Tories who came in after Attlee and Bevan appreciated the value of the NHS, keeping it going, its still going to this day, but the Tories of today view it as a cash cow opportunity for their rich mates, particularly in American Healthcare.

Our leaders are failing us here on all fronts. Boris Johnson is an abscess of a Prime Minister who needs to be excised. To achieve a realistic, lasting end to this pandemic, we need rid of him. His idea of Freedom is Herd Immunity for all of us and it doesn’t work. 150,000 people have already lost their lives to demonstrate that and that’s set to rise because that isn’t enough death to preside over for Bozo. More of us will get ill, more of us will die, more of us will be on the sick, more of us will become financially more stressed, but there will be no mitigation, no support. You can ditch your mask, but at what cost to others? Already out of fear of being told to isolate people are deleting the app designed to keep us informed and keep us safe so they can keep working and that is only going to help the virus spread even more.

The blame for this MUST be landed squarely on the Tories. They have the majority, they’re driving this, it’s Johnson doing what he likes rather than putting our needs first and the best bit for him is that when it all goes to hell, he can blame us for not exercising the caution he told us to. When you change rules to guidelines, it’s setting up a blame game. This has gone on too long, there’s no end in sight still and the buck has to stop with him not us. If scientists around the world are so alarmed, then they need to have a word with their leaders. Ours are failing us. They’re the real pandemic. We’re infected by right-wing politicians acting for themselves and nobody else.

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Happy Birthday NHS. The best present you can give it, is to pledge to save it.

A big Happy Birthday to the NHS, What a fantastic achievement to have lasted for 73 years particularly in light of the fact the last 40 odd years of it, its hasn’t exactly been in safe hands. The NHS is proof of the success of Socialism, that when it was created by Nye Bevan to serve the population based on their health needs, free at point of use, it was a game changer. Never before had free care for all been offered, never before had the fear of how to pay for your health needs been completely removed from everyone. The diseases and illnesses of the day were horrifying. Thanks to the NHS, mass vaccination came into being. Today as a result of that, smallpox has been eradicated and polio is almost there now too.

Those who work in the NHS do so for the common good, they can devote themselves wholly to caring, not having to worry about whether their sick patient can pay for their services and their services are entirely evidence based, thanks to all the research and breakthroughs made over the years by the NHS. All treatment decisions today are based on tried and tested methods, its hard to imagine there was ever a time they weren’t.

Free contraception, IVF care, NHS screening programs, the list of achievements is endless. You know there’s a but coming though don’t you.

The NHS is under threat. It’s a refrain that’s been used at every election, yet for most of us its still standing. This illusion that everything is fine though is just that.

It’s hard to imagine there was ever a time it wasn’t there for us, but it is crumbling. It has been underfunded for years, doctors not so long ago were going on strike – remember that?

All the time we’re told it is being privatised, yet it remains free at point of use, so are we being bullshitted? No, we aren’t.

The damage started under Thatcher. Until she came to power, the post-war consensus on the NHS was that it worked, it had value, even wealthy people appreciated it because if rampant illness and disease amongst the poor was dealt with, their own health benefitted too. Thatcher brought in NHS Trusts, she introduced the element of competition into the NHS, but only so far as one NHS Trust could bid off another for services, managing to get waiting times down, but at the expense of quality of care. She approached the NHS as a commodity, the need to keep people at work mattered more, the economy is king and all that garbled bollocks the Tories still spout to this day.

Blair came in on a promise to undo these Thatcher reforms, to do away with her internal market as it was called, Labour claiming for the first time the NHS is for sale under the Tories, it’s a huge part of how he won his landslide in 1997. As with most Blairite election promises however, he was full of shit and actually strengthened the internal market instead. He supported private investment. Outsourcing of medical services was started by Blair, he did love hugging millionaires didn’t he and of course where his name is associated with the NHS, PFI contracts to build hospitals will be the first thing that springs to mind, saddling the NHS with crippling amounts of debt and a poorer outcome. For every £200m spent, PFI hospitals had 28% fewer beds and resulted in the loss of over 1000 doctors and nurses.

The worst was to come however when Andrew Lansley as Health Secretary under David Cameron brought in his reforms to the NHS. It has been the biggest single driver of privatisation of the NHS in its history. Mass strike action by health workers, the junior doctors strikes over a set of plans that promised greater patient choice, but instead became a butchery of NHS services, chopping up the most profitable bits and handing them off to outsourcing companies. Virgin, Serco, Circle, the names are familiar to you.

It should be noted that under the Tories from the coalition years to today, never once have they appointed a Health Secretary with any career experience in Health. Lansley’s father was a pathologist, that’s as close as it gets! He was a civil servant, he was succeeded by Jeremy Hunt, most notable for driving staff to go on strike and having written a book about how to sell the NHS. He was succeeded by Matt Hancock, which we’ll leave there and now we’ve Sajid Javid the banker! Neither the Tories, nor the Blairites in the Labour Party truly give a stuff about the NHS. It continues to be eroded and we’re paying more and more for prescriptions, dental treatment, what will be exempted next?

Oh but its still free at point of use some of you will cry. Well yes, it is. For now. But all these outsourcing giants who have bought chunks of the NHS – do you really think they’re doing so altruistically? No, they’re doing it because they can cream a stinking fortune off the top for themselves. If there was no return, they wouldn’t have bought into it and all the money they are trousering would, under a properly funded independent NHS, be going into your care.

Despite all of this, they have led the vaccination program for Covid, thank God the Tories had enough sense to leave that to the experts and stay out of it, though of course its not like they’ve had much reward. 11 years of austerity and NHS wages are 15% lower than they should be, hence the calls for that 15% pay rise. What have this government offered them, for being on the front line of the Covid crisis, for saving us when they couldn’t always save themselves? bin bags instead of PPE, claps every Thursday, cards too and now the George Cross for the NHS! Who got the thank you cards contract and why could that money not be used to boost some nurses pay instead?

The NHS is a socialist creation, it is socialism in action. Up until Thatcher the value of it was seen by every party and every person. Since then the rot has only accelerated. Only socialism will save it for future generations, so it’ll still be around in another 73 years. Where that socialist option is right now? Well that’s a very good question. It needs taking out of Tory hands though, that much is a given. Look at what happened recently here in Cornwall just as a for instance, such is the state of things right now, our only major hospital and ambulances can’t even get in, a situation being repeated across the country as the Covid crisis carries on, with no end in sight as they look set to open the country up again, repeating their mistakes for a third time, telling us we don’t need masks any more just to compound it.

Take a look at America – there’s the alternative and already American healthcare is creeping in here, buying up our GP’s surgeries for starters. It is happening now, it is getting worse, this is not crying wolf though you’ve heard it many times. Can you afford to pay for your healthcare? Can you afford not to vote to save the NHS?

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Live with it. The new Tory Covid strategy sounds much like the old one.

So the message now is that after 150,000 deaths due to failing to get to grips with Covid properly, the government are simply going to wash their hands of the matter. Your loved ones that have passed away, they don’t matter any more. Lost your job, got ill yourself, have other family members suffering the effects of long Covid? None of it matters.

Under the diktat of new Health Secretary, the banker cum Thunderbirds villain Sajid Javid, it has been decreed that we just have to live with it. Herd Immunity excuse 101. It didn’t have to be this way, the government could have pursued zero covid as other countries have successfully done and kept the virus at bay properly so we could safely carry on our lives as normal. They decided to let it blow right through us and have taken a sticking plaster policy position towards it ever since, failing all the way. The only success story has been vaccine rollout thanks to the NHS and only thanks to the govt in so far as they stayed the fuck out of it. Sadly we can’t get them out of the way of anything else!

With an ex banker in charge of the NHS it’ll come as no surprise that Saj has got his spreadsheet out and worked at this from a cost perspective rather than health. Living with it isn’t helpful when for some of us living with it literally stops us living. He’s already on record as saying there will be no going back, when we open up it will be irreversible. The virus if it had hands will be clapping them with glee. Thanks to Tory ineptitude, we’ve seen several variants spring up and spread through our population, and as a result even people who have had both vaccination jabs have fallen ill once again. People repeatedly getting ill, passing away, children getting sick as our schools become petri dishes instead of education settings and you can see the economic stupidity of his remarks. Javid has come into this job with his fingers in his ears.

Nowhere is this more evident right now than Cornwall. Of 72 designated Covid areas, 68 currently have cases, in several of these they’re rising, despite the G7 being almost 3 weeks ago, its legacy remains. One of those areas rising is where I live, Helston, where we’re up 40 cases in a week – 2 of those cases being 2 of my own children. My wife is Clinically Extremely Vulnerable, caught it last year and was chronically ill and now she could catch it again. Another son, aside from being off work through isolation, would’ve been anyway as both his bosses have come down ill and a whole restaurant has closed.

This is one example of real life ramifications. This story will be repeated the country over if we have to live with it as we are now. We are only being told this because they’ve failed and now they’re compounding their failure by, according to Robert Jenrick this morning, deciding masks, which protect others from ourselves, will no longer be needed. My boy, who is ill right now, his school recently reimposed them as essential. Who would you trust more?

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