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Weekend Laugh

Posted in America, Australia, Britain, British Humour, Canada, England, European Union, Modern World, News, Obama with tags , , , on 29/11/2014 by floroy1942

It’s weekend and time to enjoy everything that makes you happy. Read on and put yourself in the mood.

The Doctor’s Visit

A man goes to his doctor and complains that his wife hasn’t wanted to have sex with him for the past six months. The doctor tells the man to bring his wife in, so he can talk to her and hopefully determine what the problem is.

The following day, the wife goes to the doctor’s office. The doctor asks her what’s wrong, why doesn’t she want to have sex with her husband?

“Oh, that’s easily explained. For the past six months,” the wife says, “I’ve been taking a cab to work every morning. I don’t have any money.” The cab driver asks me, “Are you going to pay today, or what?’ So, I take an ‘or what.’

“Then, when I get to work,” she continues, “I’m late, so the boss asks me, ‘Are we going to write this down in the book, or what?’ So, I take an ‘or what.’

“I take a cab to go home after work and, as usual, I have no money. The cab driver asks me again, ‘So, are you going to pay this time, or what?’ Again, I take an ‘or what’. So you see, doc, by the time I get home I’m all tired out and don’t want it anymore.”

“Yes, I see,” replies the doctor. “So, are we going to tell your husband, or what?”

Oxygen

 

Someone Doesn’t like Fosters?

This lass says to me, “I gave my first ever blow job to my boyfriend today. Afterwards I had a pint of Fosters. Well, I had to do something to get that horrible taste out of my mouth. So I gave him another blow job”.

Jehova's

 

Three Women And A Poor Man

A man was sitting on a blanket at the beach. He had no arms and no legs. Three women, from England, Wales, and Scotland, were walking past and felt sorry for the poor man.

The English woman said, “Have you ever had a hug?” The man said, “No,” so she gave him a hug and walked on.

The Welsh woman said, “Have you ever had a kiss?” The man said, “No,” so she gave him a kiss and walked on.

The Scottish woman came to him and said, “‘ave ya ever been fooked, laddie?” The man broke into a big smile and said, “No.”

She said, “Well ya will be when the tide comes in.”

Glasses

The Travelling Salesman

A travelling salesman, out on the road for two months, was beginning to feel lonely and horny. He stopped in at a bar, ordered a drink and asked the bartender what men did for fun around here. The bartender told him to go to room at the top of the stairs and wait for Vanessa. He did.

Soon the door opened to reveal the most beautiful black woman he had ever seen. “Hi, I’m Vanessa, and I’m $20,” she said. Much to his dismay the salesman had only $18, which he promptly offered. “Vanessa does not lower her standards for anyone,” she said. “I’ll send up Angela.”

A few minutes later a beautiful white woman appeared, took his money and treated him to a wonderful evening of sucking and fucking.

Twenty-five years later while on vacation, the salesman found himself in the same bar talking to the same bartender.

“Bet you don’t remember me,” he said. “Sure I do,” replied the bartender. “You’re the guy that knocked up Angela 25 years ago. That’s your son at the end of the bar. He’s been in every night for ten years, hoping to meet his daddy.

The salesman went over to the boy and said, “Son, I think I may be your daddy.”

The boy said, “Great! What is my last name?” “Bardowski,” the salesman said.

“Oh, no,” said the boy, “you mean that I waited ten years to find out that I’m Polish?”

“Hey, kid,” the salesman said, “two dollars more and you’da been black too!”

Doctor

Old Golfers

A couple of old guys were golfing when one mentioned that he was going to go to Dr. Steinberg for a new set of dentures in the morning. His elderly buddy remarked that he, too, had gone to the very same dentist two years before.

“Is that so?” asked the first old guy. “Did he do a good job? “The second oldster replied, “Well, I was on the golf course yesterday when a guy on the next fairway hooked a shot. The ball must have been going at least 180 mph when it slammed me right in the nuts.”

The first old guy was confused and asked, “What the hell does that have to do with your dentures?”

His partner replied, “It was the first time in two years my teeth didn’t hurt.”

Sex

Band Aid

I tried to download the new Band-Aid song to raise money for victims of the Ebola outbreak, but my anti-virus software wouldn’t let me.

Bugs

When I was a kid… I thought earwigs were nasty bugs that crawled out of your ear, and then I was scared stiff when I heard about… cockroaches.

I hope you feel good right now. Have a good weekend.

Roy.

 

 

 

 

Relax, Take A Breath, And Have A Laugh!

Posted in America, Australia, Britain, British Humour, Canada, England, Europe, Modern World, News, UK with tags , , , , on 14/11/2014 by floroy1942

Thank goodness the weekend is not too far away, and if you have survived the week until now then this will lift your spirits until it gets here.

Kids And Their Questions

A family is at the dinner table. The son asks his father, “Dad, how many kinds of boobs are there?”

The father, surprised, answers, “Well, son, there are three kinds of boobs.  In her 20s, a woman’s are like melons, round and firm.  In her 30s to 40s, they are like pears, still nice but hanging a bit.  After 50, they are like onions.”

“ONIONS”?

“Yes, you see them and they make you cry.”

This infuriated his wife and daughter so the daughter said, “Mum, how many kinds of “willies” are there?”

The mother, surprised, smiles and answers, “Well, dear, a man goes through three phases.  In his 20’s, his willy is like an oak tree, mighty and hard.  In his 30s and 40s, it is like a birch, flexible but reliable.  After his 50s, it is like a Christmas tree.”

“A Christmas tree?”

Yes.   The tree is dead, and the balls are just for decoration.”

Married life

Tonight a friend asked if he could crash on my couch.
I had to explain to him I was married now and that’s where I sleep.

Paradise

A suicide bomber died and went to heaven, as foretold. When he arrived there, he met Allah, and he said to Allah that he was ready to claim his virgins, as promised. Out of curiosity he asked Allah why there were so many virgins in heaven. Allah regarded him for a moment, then replied, “Actually, the 72 virgins are here in heaven because assholes like you murdered them before they could experience the pleasure of sex. So you’re here to service them. Since they’re virgins, they’re quite sexually ravenous; and, frankly, you’ll be on constant, exhausting duty. And I shall banish you from Paradise should you fail!” The bomber responded, “Well, I guess I can live with that. How hard can it be to keep 72 women satisfied for all eternity?” And Allah replied, “Who said anything about women?”

If You Have An Itch

They Say If your Palm Is Itching you’ll Get Money, If Your Toes Are Itching you’ll Get New Shoes and also Travel,
If your penis is Itching…? Don’t Fool Yourself … Go To The Doc

Getting Married

I made my girlfriends’ wishes come true by getting married in a castle. Although you wouldn’t have thought it from her face as we were bouncing around.

Good Excuse

Good Excuse

Modern Life

My wife and I decided to take an organised trip to Afghanistan to see for ourselves what the place was like. It didn’t start well when the train we were travelling on broke down a few miles north of the capital.

We were stranded in a third world shit hole with streets full of angry bearded types glaring at us; the wife stood out in her brightly coloured sun dress as all other women had head to toe burqas.

We were extremely scared and convinced that we were in deep trouble. Just then, Dave the organiser suddenly remembered that Finsbury Park had a tube station, so we were able to get safely to Paddington and on to Heathrow for the rest of our journey.

Keep Smiling.

Roy.

Get Rid Of Monday Morning Blues

Posted in America, Australia, Britain, Canada, England, Europe, Modern World, News, UK, USA with tags , , , on 09/11/2014 by floroy1942

Well, Monday is here again, and that for many people means the Monday blues as they return to work. But I have a little pick-me-up that might help you get over them. There’s nothing like a good laugh to get rid of the blues, so here goes.

A Doctor’s Good Advice:

This elderly lady went to the doctor for a check-up. Everything checked out fine. The old lady pulled the doctor to the side and said, “Doctor, I haven’t had sex for years now and I was wondering how I can increase my husband’s sex drive.”

The doctor smiled and said, “Have you tried to give him Viagra?” The lady frowned. “Doctor, I can’t even get him to take aspirin when he has a headache,” she claimed.

“Well,” the doctor continued, “Let me suggest something. Crush the Viagra into a powder. When you are giving him coffee, stir it into the coffee and serve it. He won’t notice a thing.” The old lady was delighted. She left the doctor’s office quickly.

Weeks later the old lady returned. She was frowning and the doctor asked her what was wrong. She shook her head.

“How did it go?” the doctor asked. “Terrible, doctor, terrible” the old lady replied.

“Did it not work?” said the doctor.

“Yes,” the old lady said, “It worked. I did as you said and he got up and ripped his clothes off right then and there and we made mad love on the table. It was the best sex that I’d had in 25 years.”

“Then what is the problem, ma’am?” the doctor asked.

“Well,” she said. “I can’t ever show my face in McDonald’s again.”

Five Masculine Moments – You never know what you are letting yourself in for!

The Couch

A friend asked if he could crash on my couch. I had to explain to him I was married now and that’s where I sleep.

1919 Poster

One look is enough to drive men to drink

Drink

72 Virgins

A suicide bomber died and went to heaven, as foretold. When he arrived there, he met Allah, and he said to Allah that he was ready to claim his virgins, as promised. Out of curiosity he asked Allah why there were so many virgins in heaven.

Allah regarded him for a moment, and then replied, “Actually, the 72 virgins are here in heaven because assholes like you murdered them before they could experience the pleasure of sex. So you’re here to service them. Since they’re virgins, they’re quite sexually ravenous; and, frankly, you’ll be on constant, exhausting duty. And I shall banish you from Paradise should you fail!”

The bomber responded, “Well, I guess I can live with that. How hard can it be to keep 72 women satisfied for all eternity?”

Allah replied, “Who said anything about women?”

Nothing like sharing the work load! 

Work load

The Genie

A Black guy, an Indian, a Muslim and an Australian were walking together on Bondi beach when the Black stumbled over a bottle in the sand.

He picked up the bottle, rubbed the sand off it, and a Genie appeared.

“I can only grant four wishes,” the Genie said. “And since there are four of you, you may have one wish apiece.

“Pointing at the Black, he said, “Since you found the bottle, you may have the first wish.”

The Black thought for a moment then said, “I wish for a fleet of ships so that I can gather all my people and take them away from this white suppression.”

Poof! It was done! Thousands of ships appeared on the skyline.

The Indian said, “I wish for enough aircraft to take all my people’s back to our homeland!”

Poof! It was done! Row after row of aircraft filled the sky.

Finally, the Muslim said, “I wish for a hundred thousand camels to take all of my people away from this horrible country loaded with infidels so we can live in peace in Muslim countries and serve Allah.”

Poof! It was done! A hundred thousand camels suddenly appeared on the beach.

Turning to the Australian, the Genie asked, “And what is your wish?”

The Australian watched as the loaded aircraft began moving toward the runway, looked out to sea as the loaded ships sailed out into the sunset, and watched the Muslims getting on top of the camels and riding off into the distance.

He said, “Awww … just give me a beer, mate. It doesn’t get any better than this!”

I hope I managed to cheer up your Monday – ‘Til next time

Roy.

Having A Bad Day? This Will Cheer You Up!

Posted in America, Australia, Britain, Canada, Europe, Modern World, News, Spain, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 23/10/2014 by floroy1942

Feeling stressed? Then you need to unwind and let it all go. I hope the following will help and make your day just that little bit better.

Cartoon

This elderly lady went to the doctor for a check-up. Everything checked out fine. The old lady pulled the doctor to the side and said, “Doctor, I haven’t had sex for years now and I was wondering how I can increase my husband’s sex drive.”

The doctor smiled and said, “Have you tried to give him Viagra?” The lady frowned. “Doctor, I can’t even get him to take aspirin when he has a headache,” she claimed.

“Well,” the doctor continued, “Let me suggest something. Crush the Viagra into a powder. When you are giving him coffee, stir it into the coffee and serve it. He won’t notice a thing.” The old lady was delighted. She left the doctor’s office quickly.

Weeks later the old lady returned. She was frowning and the doctor asked her what was wrong. She shook her head.

“How did it go?” the doctor asked. “Terrible, doctor, terrible” the old lady replied.

“Did it not work?” said the doctor.

“Yes,” the old lady said, “It worked. I did as you said and he got up and ripped his clothes off right then and there and we made mad love on the table. It was the best sex that I’d had in 25 years.” “Then what is the problem, ma’am?” the doctor asked.

“Well,” she said. “I can’t ever show my face in McDonald’s again.”

Cartoon

A college teacher reminds her class of tomorrow’s final exam. “Now class, I won’t tolerate any excuses for you not being here tomorrow. I might consider a nuclear attack or a serious personal injury or illness, or a death in your immediate family, but that’s it, no other excuses whatsoever!”

A smart-ass guy in the back of the room raised his hand and asked, “What would you say if tomorrow I said I was suffering from complete and utter sexual exhaustion?”

The entire class is reduced to laughter and snickering. When silence was restored, the teacher smiled knowingly at the student, shaking her head and sweetly said, “Well, I guess you’d have to write the exam with your other hand.”

Cartoon

Two Irishmen flew to Canada on a hunting trip. They chartered a small plane to take them into the Rockies for a week hunting moose. They managed to bag six. As they were loading the plane to return, the pilot said the plane could take only four moose.

The two lads objected strongly. “Last year we shot six. The pilot let us take them all and he had the same plane as yours.” Reluctantly, the pilot gave in and all six were loaded. The plane took off.

However, while attempting to cross some mountains, even on full power the little plane couldn’t handle the load and went down. Somehow, surrounded by the moose bodies, only Paddy and Mick survived the crash.

After climbing out of the wreckage, Paddy asked Mick, “Any idea where we are?” Mick looked around him: “I think we’re pretty close to where we crashed last year.”

Cartoon

A guy walks into a coffee shop and asks the waitress: “How much is the coffee?” “Coffee is four dollars” the waitress says. “How much is a refill?” the man asks. “Free,” says the waitress. “Then I’ll take a refill!” the man responds.

Have a nice Day!

Roy.

Death Of The National Health Service?

Posted in Benefits, Britain, Budget Cuts, England, Germany, Government Spending, Health, Immigration, News, UK with tags , , , , , on 08/10/2014 by floroy1942

Twenty years ago it would have seemed impossible that the National Health Service (NHS) could today be in its death throes. It is a sad indication of our times that our much vaunted health system could be on the point of collapse due to a lack of funding.

The National Health Charter

The National Health Charter

When it was launched in 1946 it was hailed as a major breakthrough in healthcare throughout the world. It provided free care to all people in the UK and was funded by the tax system. It has had tremendous success throughout its history and has served the British people well for 69 years. And then things changed! It is a sad fact that the NHS is not what it used to be. Now there is a shortage of doctors, trained nurses, beds, facilities and equipment that can no longer be addressed.

During the major sociological changes that took place in the 60’s and 70’s, fewer people were attracted to train as doctors and nurses which left major shortages. These were filled by the influx of people from the Caribbean and ex-colonies during that time and the problem was solved, or rather delayed, because bright young people continued to be enticed by more attractive jobs. During the last fifteen years these shortages have been filled by immigrants. This has not always been successful because not enough care was taken to ensure they were well enough trained, or spoke a satisfactory level of English.

This of course has diminished the effectiveness of the NHS but is not the so-called ‘killing stroke’.

    Typical Hospital Waiting Room

Three Brits – Four Immigrants

We have two factors here that contribute to the decline of the NHS as a service. The first is the increase in the ageing population because people live longer now than 50 years ago. The second, and by far the most damaging, is the huge influx of millions of immigrants since Tony Blair opened the doors wide during his tenure as Prime Minister.

Now, let me make things clear here! This is not an anti-immigrant rant and I do not hate immigrants! They are just people who took advantage of a golden opportunity given them by Tony Blair.

How We Lost Control - Thanks To Labour

How We Lost Control – Thanks To Labour

Like everyone else they have a need for health care and should receive it, but the problem is, ever since our dear Tony opened the gates he promised it to them for free along with all the other benefits he handed out to each and every one. But not only that, because restrictions were not put in place as soon as the man of the house arrived, then came his family, including parents, grand-parents, uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, you name it. Sadly, they were all allowed free care on the NHS! If you are an immigrant into Germany for example, you get little if any benefits until you have worked a fixed number of years. And only then do you get free health care! Its the same in many European countries – why do you think they all want to come to Britain?

So you can clearly see where the problem lies. Ever since the immigrants started pouring in the NHS has become overloaded and just cannot cope any more.

British Medical Association

British Medical Association

Leading figures from the British medical world sent a letter to the Prime Minister saying: “Historic annual increases in the health budget, designed to keep pace with a growing and ageing population, have been severely reduced – meaning that our NHS has just been through the longest and most damaging budget squeeze in its history. Savings have been made, and despite the best efforts of nurses, doctors and other staff, patients have not been insulated from these cuts. Too many staff feel undervalued and demoralised when all they want is to be able to care for patients.” The letter also points to signs of a system “buckling under the twin crises of rising demand and flat-lining budgets”. Now that should be clear enough language for anyone.

It is a fact that people spend several hours sitting in a hospital waiting room before they get to see anyone, and the same is true at most G.P. doctor services. The most frequent problems suffered by the NHS at the moment, as highlighted by the letter are:

Patients struggling to get an appointment due to the shortage of G.Ps.

Many women not getting the high-quality care they deserve due to pressures on maternity services,

Thousands of patients facing longer and even unacceptable waits to find out whether or not they have cancer.

Families being “crippled” by the cost of social care, with thousands of elderly and vulnerable people not getting the help they need.

People with long-term progressive conditions such as dementia being cut adrift, reliant on unpaid and unsupported carers.

There can be little doubt the NHS, one of this countries proudest achievements, is buckling under the strain of too many patients and too little resources. It is fact that the whole economy of the country is being undermined, and has been ever since the doors opened.

UK Unemployed

UK Unemployed

We have more unemployed than in any other time in our history, plus a housing shortage that is crippling young people starting out in life. The benefits system is on its knees also, trying to keep up with every Tom, Dick or Harry that enters the country with their hand open.

The Decision Makers

The Decision Makers

You can see how concerned some of the political leaders are by this statement. Cameron promised real-term increases in NHS spending from 2015-20, Ed Miliband promised an extra £2.5bn a year and Nick Clegg pledged £1bn extra in 2016 and 2017. Looks like Clegg of the Liberal Democrats is not too worried about the situation.

Thanks to the crackpot decisions made at the turn of the decade by the lunatic Blair and his colleagues, Britain is suffering its worst crisis since the Second World War. These immigrants should have been treated as in most other countries these days, they pay their way until qualified for assistance. Thanks Tony! You have managed to do what Hitler never could – Bring this country to its knees!

Roy.

The ‘Right To Die’ Debate

Posted in America, Britain, England, Europe, Government, Health, Human Rights, Justice, UK, USA with tags , , , on 31/07/2013 by floroy1942

The Right To Die

The question is: Should a person with no ‘quality of life’, due to disability or an incurable disease, have the right to end their own lives with or without the help of others? This problem has been bouncing around the legal system in many countries for decades, and currently we still have no satisfactory solution. Some nations like Switzerland, where euthanasia was made legal in 1942, take a more understanding view than others of the suffering that such people undergo. In America, Britain, and many other European nations, with the exception of Holland and Belgium,  governments stick to the letter of the law.

Swiss Assisted Suicide Rates 1998 to 2009

Swiss Assisted Suicide Rates 1998 to 2009

I can fully understand the stance of people who are completely paralyzed and can do nothing without help, along with those who must suffer excruciating pain every day wanting to end it all. In such circumstances many of us would feel the same, but sadly the law does not agree. Under British law, If a person in such a position were to be assisted in ending their suffering by a family member or friend, the law seldom takes action, but anyone with a medical background, be it a doctor, nurse or carer would immediately be charged with murder.  That just does not make sense!

I believe the law should recognise that it is better for someone to die in the controlled environment of a hospital where their passing can be made easy, than taking the desperate measure of being placed in a Muslim area with a placard insulting Allah around their necks. The latter would be effective, but I think I would certainly prefer a hospital bed.

Results Of A Pew Research Centre Poll In 2005

Results Of A Pew Research Centre Poll In 2005

The big problem as I see it, is that the law does not have a clue about the suffering that such people go through. You have to imagine being in a wheelchair for example, not being able to move a muscle and not being able to do a single thing for yourself like eat, drink, turn on the TV or go to the toilet. Every second of the day you are dependent on someone else for things that you took for granted before tragedy struck. Imagine being in excruciating pain every minute of every day without end. I am not sure I would have the fortitude to withstand such a thing, so I can fully understand the desperate need to have a dignified end to a life that is no longer worth living.

On top of your own pain and anguish is that of your loved ones who suffer with you. Imagine if you will what a loving wife or husband must go through, having to be there every minute of every day doing everything for you except breathing. Such a situation does not destroy one life, it has the same effect on those closest to the patient. I am seventy, and thank God in reasonable health, but I would hate to be such a burden to my wife.

Better To Fade Away With Medical Help

Better To Fade Away With Medical Help

Without doubt, it is time for the government and the Justice Ministry to take a look at this ‘crime against humanity’ and re-assess the laws guiding assisted suicide. I am sure that with reasonable consideration and debate, a satisfactory system can be worked out that allows such things in a controlled manner. I truly despair at the people who demonstrate against such legislation, and it would be poetic justice if at some time in the future they face this heart-rending situation themselves. After all, they shoot horses don’t they, so why should a human being suffer just because of some out-dated law.

Roy.

Antibiotics Are A Dying Cure-All

Posted in America, Britain, Europe, Health, Modern World, UK, USA with tags , , , , , , on 27/01/2013 by floroy1942
E-Coli Bacteria

E-Coli Bacteria

Ever been to the doctor and have him prescribe antibiotics for your ailment? Well, that may soon be a thing of the past. Doctors and scientists are beginning to discover that many serious diseases are becoming antibiotic resistant, and that is dangerous. For the last forty-odd years doctors in Britain, as in many other countries, have regularly prescribed this magic cure-all for everything from pneumonia to ear-ache and that has now become a major problem.

Scientists are calling this a threat of the same magnitude as global warming  when it comes to the survival of mankind in the future. We have relied on antibiotics for many decades as a bulwark against the serious and not-so-serious diseases that can infect us, but now time is running out because the bacteria are getting smarter, and we have no replacement that can defeat them.

A Surgeon 'Scrubs Up"

A Surgeon ‘Scrubs Up”

With the decline in effectiveness of antibiotics come severe problems, for in the future it will be a lottery if you go into hospital for an operation and pick up an infection. This is happening now with increasing frequency in hospitals across the world, even in western countries, as standards of hygiene continue to fall. At some time in the future contracting MRSA, pneumonia, E. coli or tuberculosis for example could be the death of you because the strains are becoming antibiotic resistant i.e. the wonder drug has no impact on them!

Medical Science - Our Last Hope

Medical Science – Our Last Hope

It is the natural way of bugs subjected to a single drug over many years to mutate into a strain that is resistant; ‘familiarity breeds contempt ‘ if you will. We do the same, and should therefore not be surprised when other lifeforms do it too. Sadly, research into new forms of antibiotics have been almost non-existent in recent years.

This future debacle could have been avoided if the medical profession had not severely over-prescribed antibiotics in the past for just about every infection from pimples to a cut finger. Now however we are entering a dangerous period in man’s history. Should a serious outbreak of any of the sicknesses that have become immune to antibiotics occur it could spread unchecked, and there would be nothing we can do about it. Quarantining the sick would be the only measure open to us to combat such an outbreak, but curing those inflicted would be nigh on impossible.

Middle Age Kitchen

Middle Age Kitchen

Another problem that has in my opinion exacerbated this situation is that we have become too clean in our ways. In the Middle Ages and before, they had no inspectors going around checking hygiene in food factories and restaurants, or chemicals to sterilize work surfaces in the home, and while I admit they are necessary, we should not take it too far. Back then, people ate things that would make many of us throw-up today, and yet they rarely got sick from it. The main reason for this is that their own immune systems were far stronger than ours today.

Food Off The Floor

Food Off The Floor

I remember as a child eating things that had dropped in the dirt or on the floor  and we never bothered about it, and more to the point I never got sick. The bottom line is that we have become so clean that our own immune system has weakened because it has had nothing to fight. I may be wrong because I am not an expert, but it is my belief.

Great PlagueWe are fast reaching a stage where things such as global warming are reducing in importance when it comes to a threat to our lives, for if we cannot find new effective antibiotics very quickly we will be in big trouble. Many of the poorer countries are regularly threatened by dangerous diseases, like Ebola in some African states in the past, but if such a thing spreads and we cannot turn to antibiotics for a cure, the consequences could be dire.

Anywhere - Anytime

Anywhere – Anytime

Any sickness can spread at an alarming rate thanks to over-population and the ease with which we travel across the world, so the scenario for a huge pandemic will be far higher than it was during the great plague of London in 1665-6 when 69,596 died in London alone. The figure for the whole country was in the region of 100,000.

Many will reply that medical science has improved by leaps and bounds since that time, but the backbone of all treatment for bacterial diseases today is still the antibiotic. When we no longer have that we will be in big trouble.

I think the ball now lies fair and square in the court of medical science, for they must vigorously seek a replacement for our everyday antibiotics and find something that will kill these immune bacteria before it is too late. I wish them good luck!

Roy.

NHS In Self-Destruct Mode

Posted in Britain, Budget Cuts, England, Health, Immigrants, Modern World, UK with tags , , , , , on 24/11/2012 by floroy1942

It may not come as a surprise to many people that the British National Health Service (NHS) is steadily collapsing through mismanagement, poor patient care, poor nursing staff, and doctors. While there are many fine nurses and doctors in the system even today, ‘it ain’t what it used to be folks’!

The reasons given for the breakdown of the NHS are varied, mostly centred on budget restraints and a shortage of staff. But is this true? Firstly, like most government institutions, our NHS suffers from rampant over-expenditure on goods and services provided by private sources, i.e. paying way over the odds for drugs, equipment and other services that can be obtained cheaper elsewhere because the managers do not shop around for the best price. Its the old saying: ‘If you want to get rich quickly, get a government contract’! Secondly, A shortage of staff should not be countered by hiring foreign nationals with little or no credibility and a minimum of English, but make the profession attractive to our own young people.

1950 – Always A Nurse On Duty In The Ward

Looking back, I remember when the NHS was a shining example to the world of how a national health system should be run. As a patient you were guaranteed the best possible care with staff who would do their utmost to ensure your stay was as comfortable as possible, and the skilled surgeons did whatever was necessary to ensure your continued good health. So what the hell went wrong?

Are You Sure You Have The Right Patient?

Today it’s a daily occurrence for surgical instruments to be left inside the body when the patient is sewn back up after a procedure, people are left for hours in soiled beds and there are never staff around when a patient has an emergency. To top it all, patients have died because they were given medicine that was intended for others. You are extremely lucky these days if you go into hospital for surgery and come out without having contracted some other disease while in their tender care. Many of the nurses are extremely rude to patients, and this occasionally applies to doctors too, and you will be lucky if you have nurses on your ward who even speak English!

The number of complaints and claims against hospitals have gone through the roof in recent years and no-one seems capable of sorting out the mess. Last year officials logged a total of 760 so-called ‘serious untoward incidents’ in the NHS, and more than 4,000 patients required further treatment after doctors accidentally injured them during surgery.  But worse than that, a total of £310,000 was paid out in compensation to people who were operated on the wrong part of their body by surgeons because of name mix-up. Doesn’t give you much faith in the system does it? You go in for kidney stones and they take off your right leg!!!

Subjecting Yourself To Unknown Risk?

In addition to the above mentioned problems, in 2011 there were a total of 45 patients who suffered severe complications because instruments used during surgery had not been sterilized properly, and records show that more than 4,000 people required additional care because they suffered an accidental cut, puncture, perforation or internal bleeding while being treated for something else. Approximately 3,500 patients suffered severe complications because one or other medical device or piece of equipment failed to function correctly. It cost the NHS more than £2m last year in compensation claims from patients who had been revived after surgery only to find that something had been left inside them, which naturally required a second operation to remove it.

There is no possible excuse for the latter, for all operating staff should know you count the instruments before you start and count them again when you finish – a simple procedure that is highly effective and is designed to prevent such cock-ups.

Matron Knows Best

Fifty years ago we did not have all the fancy apparatus they have now, but by Heaven, the hospitals were a thousand times better than they are today for all the advancements made in the medical world. In those days there was never a spot of dirt anywhere in the wards or operating theaters because everything was supervised by Matrons with years of experience in their field and they ruled with a rod of iron. You never waited more than a couple of minutes before a competent nurse came to your bedside when you called. Everyone spoke English because they were English, not Caribbean, Muslim, Polish or Czechoslovakian etc. They were not even allowed on the wards until they were proven capable. Doctors were all British and were expert at what they did and relied on in-depth knowledge rather than a fancy machine to tell them what was wrong with their patient, and believe it or not, 99.99% of the time they were right!

I am sorry to say that today’s NHS is a complete and utter shambles and is more of a danger to the public than a rogue lion on the streets for you can shoot a lion!

I do feel very sorry for those doctors and nurses who do their work with pride and give their patients the kind of care they are entitled to, for their reputation has been tarnished by the lazy, rude, and downright incompetent idiots that abound today within the system.

Self Explanatory

When Tony Blair’s Labour Party started its massive recruitment of foreign nursing and doctor staff for the NHS they were not even bothered if the applicants spoke English or had proper training but just hired willy-nilly right left and centre and shipped them over to Britain, and this is why the system is failing so badly these days. Its the knock-on effect!

I rather think that within a very few short years the whole system will collapse in on itself unless someone takes it by the throat and shakes it, and then starts reorganizing it right from the top to the bottom. I am just glad I will never need its services for here in Spain they at least know which end of a scalpel you use to cut with.

Roy.

Will UK Doctor’s Deny Treatment To Smokers And The Obese?

Posted in America, Britain, Europe, Health, Obesity, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 30/04/2012 by floroy1942

According to a newspaper report, there has been a major shift in medical opinion in the UK towards denying non-emergency medical treatment to alcoholics, smokers and the obese.

In a website survey doctor’s were asked the following question: “Should the NHS be allowed to refuse non-emergency treatments to patients unless they lose weight or stop smoking?” Of the 1,096 doctors who participated, 54% said yes.

This indicates a major shift in doctor’s thinking in the current world, so are we setting a dangerous precedent for the future i.e. you will only get medical help if you deserve it (or can afford it of course)!

Doctors who agreed with the policy gave the examples of denying in-vitro fertilization to childless women who smoke because the procedure was only half as successful for them as for non-smokers, and also denying obese or alcoholic patients liver transplant surgery unless they change their behaviors.

Hippocratic Oath

In accordance with the Hippocratic Oath, taken by physicians since the late 5th century, and which lays down a specific code of ethics for doctors, no-one may be refused medical help that is in the power of the doctor to administer.

Line Two of the modern Hippocratic Oath reads: “I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of over-treatment and  therapeutic nihilism (a contention that curing people, or societies, of their ills by treatment is impossible).” It does not state “some of the sick’ or ‘a few of the sick’!

Medical Graduates Take The Oath

Line Six of the Oath ends with the words: “……Above all, I must not play at God.” So what has changed that a doctor now feels he has the right to play God with his patients? I  for one would like to know how doctors equate the current thinking with these two parts of the oath taken by all doctor’s when they graduate!

To be fair, I can well imagine the frustration some doctors must feel. When they have before them a patient suffering from diabetes and major heart problems who is so obese they cannot be moved without the aid of a crane, what do they do? The same goes for the situation where a chronic alcoholic requires a liver transplant or a chain-smoker needs a heart by-pass.

The human lifestyle has changed drastically over the past forty years, and if you look for cases of ‘self-abuse’ before giving medical treatment you can eliminate around ninety percent of the world population.  Taken to absolute extremes, do you refuse a heart operation to someone for simply not doing enough regular exercise? Do you refuse surgery to a person who partakes in extremely dangerous sports and has been injured ten times before? Extremes yes, but once on the slippery slope….!

Dr. Clare Gerada, chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners is quoted as saying: “Clearly, giving up smoking is a good thing, but blackmailing people by telling them that they have to give up isn’t what doctors should be doing.”

John Saunders of the Royal College of Physicians ethics committees commented: “Lifestyles contribute to risk and sometimes they may make treatments too risky to undertake, but that’s quite different to saying, I’m not going to give you surgery because you smoke or are overweight.”

Dr. Michael Ingram, who heads the Red House Clinical Commissioning Group in Hertfordshire wrote in an article: “Rationing is dressed up as science. Where does this go next? Will we deny IVF to those who have had pelvic inflammatory disease because of its association with sexual promiscuity?”

There can be little doubt this debate will continue, but I for one would hate to come across a doctor who refuses to treat me because I smoke. You can rest assured I would not be very gracious in telling him what I think.

‘Nuff Said!

In this precarious age where we are poisoning ourselves with car fumes every time we walk in the street, and are digesting all sorts of unnatural chemicals and insecticides every time we put something in our mouths I find it a little short-sighted of the medical profession to pick on the obese, the alcoholics and smokers and say we are not worth their efforts. In my opinion, it is impossible to set boundaries in this manner, and the medical profession should continue adhering to the oath of Hippocrates.

Roy.

Doctor’s Sick Note System in Urgent Need of Reform

Posted in Benefits, Britain, Conservative Party, England, Health, UK with tags , , , , , on 20/11/2011 by floroy1942

A new government proposal to reform the current system of doctors handing out sick notes for long and short-term illness is on the cards, and it’s well overdue. For decades people have been able to go to their local GP and obtain the necessary piece of paper that allows them to take time off work and still get paid, either by their employer or the government.

There is Evidence Enough

While many sick notes are legitimate, there are millions that are nothing more than an excuse for the work-shy to lounge around and live off benefits. This has to stop, and the government is looking at ways to curb this criminality. For it is criminal when a person lives off the back of the tax payer when capable of doing a job of work and paying taxes. But such is the decline in moral standards these days, that many people are always looking for something for nothing, while fully capable of going out and earning it for themselves.

Doctors’ Dilemma

Many family doctors find it hard to keep up with the ever-increasing flow of patients in their surgeries, and most I’m sure just sign a sick note without a proper examination these days. It is therefore difficult to lay the blame at their door.

It is a medical fact that many incapacitating illnesses are difficult to diagnose, or in fact disprove, like certain back-pain for example. Wily work dodgers know this and are adept at working the system.

Dept. For Works and Pensions

According to information released by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), around 140 million work days a year are lost to sickness, which is costing a massive £15 billion in lost economic output in the UK annually. The bill for short term illness has to be paid by the employer, but those with long-term sickness must be supported by the state. The DWP figures indicate that the cost to employers comes out at around £9 billion, while the state pays out a massive £130 billion annually in sickness benefits.

Now, as I have previously said, many claims are legitimate, for we cannot all be healthy all the time, but the government hopes to employ a method that will hopefully cut back on those who ‘milk’ the system.

The proposal is that a local GP will only be allowed to issue sick notes for a period not exceeding four weeks, after that the claimant can be made to attend an independent panel of doctors by his/her employer to certify their illness. If you are genuinely sick you should have nothing to fear, but those ‘trying it on’ will hopefully have a tougher time. To me, this seems an excellent idea, considering some 300,000 people a year drop out of work to live on benefits long-term.

Many people may require some months ‘on the sick’ after perhaps a car or work-related accident, and the honest ones will be back at work as soon as they are fit enough. They deserve applause, but for the scroungers it is nothing more than an excuse to get out of working for a living. With luck the new system will ‘winkle out’ these parasites and get them back to being productive members of society once again.

Disability Need Not Stop You Working

Some people are getting benefits because they are permanently incapacitated in one way or another, but that does not preclude them from doing some form of work that suits their affliction. Just because a person is in a wheelchair does not stop them from working. There are many jobs suited to such people, and they should be integrated back into society and given the opportunity to contribute.

I am glad to see an administration with the balls to tackle this problem that has festered unchecked under the previous Labour government. It is way past time!

Roy.

Inadequate Testing Of Medicines?

Posted in Britain, England, Europe, Germany, Old Age Pensioner, Senior Citizen, UK, USA with tags , , , , , on 24/06/2011 by floroy1942

I have long been of the opinion that many of the medicines we regularly throw down our throats are not always as safe as the makers will have us believe. A new report out today indicates this may well be true.

A study which has appeared in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society reports that many drugs taken by the over 65’s, which let’s face it, are when we most need them, can in fact be harmful and lead to reduced brain function and even death. Many of the 80 drugs tested are ‘over-the-counter’ medicines like codeine, while others are prescription only.

Many older people take drugs for heart disease, depression and allergies among other things but the most significant danger was for those taking certain ‘high risk’ medication or a ‘cocktail’ of medicines on a daily basis.

Brain Cell Activity

The research team was concentrating on drugs that affected the working of a particular chemical in the brain, namely acetylcholine. This is a neurotransmitter that passes messages between the the nerve cells in the brain, but the working of this chemical is often interrupted by side-affects from many modern medicines.

Among 13,000 old timers surveyed from 1991 to 1993, of those taking drugs that affected brain cell activity the most, 20% died. From another group taking no anticholinergic drugs that did not affect brain function, only 4 % died. The report does stress that anyone taking medicines should not under any circumstances stop taking them without first consulting with their doctor.

The researchers say that the results are not conclusive and in no way indicate that taking them will kill you, but they do indicate there is ‘an association’. In the meanwhile the research will continue.

Urticaria - It Can Itch Like Hell!

I myself had a few months of fairly mild urticaria (similar to nettle rash) which was caused by the unfortunate combination of two medicines prescribed by my doctor. I had been taking one drug for about six years (and no its not on the list) with no ill effects at all. It did the job it was supposed to do and everything was fine. Last year I had another small problem, nothing significant, but my doctor prescribed me a drug to solve it. The combination of the two in my system was sufficient to cause the skin sickness. Since that time I no longer take the second medicine and have changed the older one. Now after many months I am free of it again (touch wood!).

New advances are being made on drug therapy on a daily basis and most are ‘fit for purpose’. The drug companies test them first on rats and mice and then proceed to ‘clinical trials’, which if successful will lead to it being submitted to the relevant government department for approval before being released for general use.

The Result Of Thalidomide Not Being Properly Tested!

For sure, these companies do not want a repeat of the thalidomide disaster of the sixties, for that caused horrific birth defects in children in which an entire generation suffered. This episode has haunted the pharmaceutical industry for forty years,  so they have to be careful.

They always point out that you should read the accompanying leaflet that comes with all medicines these days, and some people do while others don’t bother. I must admit that after my little escapade I pay much more attention than I used to.

A New Wonder Drug In The Making?

My concern however is that pharmaceutical companies and doctors should pay more attention to testing. It is not sufficient to grab ten people off the street, ram them full of your new ‘wonder drug’ and hope for the best. Yes! I know its not that simple but you know what I mean.

I know it is a big headache for the drug companies because everyone’s physiology is different, and what may be good for one is no good for the other, but that doesn’t release them from their basic responsibility.

If, as in the case of the drugs mentioned in this report, certain medicines can interfere with brain function, then more thorough testing should have been done in this area, even if it involved a long term study. You cannot sell medicines that will eventually cause dementia or even death in patients.

A Pensioner's Lottery Ticket?

The trouble is of course, these days everything is driven by profit, and among pharmaceutical companies like all others, competition is fierce. They are constantly striving to be the first to bring out a new wonder drug, and I will be the first to admit they have changed the lives of a great many people. We live longer, even with deadly diseases like cancer because of this industry and naturally enough we are all thankful. In general they do a good job, but I have to say this new research leaves room for thought.

Roy.

The NHS – National Hospital Shambles

Posted in Britain, Budget Cuts, Conservative Party, David Cameron, England, Government, Government Spending, Health, Immigrants, Insanity, Liberal Party, Nick Clegg, UK with tags , , , , , , , , on 17/06/2011 by floroy1942

Says It All!

The British National Health Service (NHS) is without doubt the most disgusting, inefficient and money wasting enterprise in the UK. It is in too many areas badly managed, badly staffed and badly equipped for the times. In an ideal situation the whole edifice would be torn down and reorganized from the top down. Unfortunately, this is not possible.

There are of course good hospitals, and there are good doctors and nurses who do their best to provide care, comfort and relief, and by no means do I wish to belittle these people’s efforts, but the system is so broken their actions go mostly unnoticed.

The Numbers Don’t Lie!

We have tens of thousands of patients who go for treatment only to catch deadly diseases (MRSA) while in the hospital, more than two thousand of whom die (See graph). There are never enough nursing staff, and many of those that are there can barely speak english. Patients in pain, or who even just need a bedpan for example are ignored, and when a patient requests help staff are often rude.

Patients are left unattended for hours on end sometimes resulting in deaths. Mistakes are made during operations, equipment doesn’t work or is incorrectly calibrated, and as for dirt, its everywhere. Cleaning staff are among the most inefficient in the entire enterprise. The list goes on and on and no-one, not even the politicians, seems capable of fixing it.

Cameron Flogging A Dead Horse

David Cameron has been laying forth his plan for the NHS this last week but it will not fix any of the problems. When it comes to finding a cure for what ails our health serevice all governments (from both sides of the house) can come up with is; Let’s privatize!

Cameron on NHS reforms:

In the old days (Oh no, here he goes again) they didn’t have all the fancy instruments and machines they have today, they didn’t even have the level of knowledge, but patients didn’t die from hospital borne diseases, a nurse was always there when you needed one and the wards, operating theaters etc were so clean you could eat off the floor. Why was this? What has changed the system so drastically?

Matron And Her Charges

Well, for a start, if you were a nurse it was like being in the military because the old style Matron was ‘The General’! If she said “Jump” a nurse asked “How high”! In those days Matrons ruled their entire ward with a rod of iron, and woe betide any cleaner who missed a spot or a nurse who didn’t answer a patients call within 30 seconds. Mind you, they knew how to get troublesome patients back in line too so it wasn’t all rosy.

Sadly, these cornerstones on which the NHS rested were done away with when in 1967 the Salmon Report, which initiated restructuring of the NHS, was put into practice.

So what prompted this rant about the NHS? Well, I have to say it was a report I read in the news about a young mother and her baby who died in hospital due to neglect by the staff.

Queen’s Hospital Romford

The hospital in question is Queens Hospital in Romford east London. The young mother, Tebussem Ali (known as Serena) died in the maternity unit when staff failed to recognise she had a ruptured womb. When she complained to nurses about great pain, staff were rude and sarcastic to her, telling her to “stop being a drama queen” and to stop “behaving like a child”.

Serena And Her Husband Shortly Before She Died

Once it was discovered by medics she had a serious problem they could not find her notes. Resuscitation was attempted with an oxygen mask that was not even connected to a supply and it was Serena’a husband, Usman Javed, who noticed the error, but by then it was too late.

Of course the hospital issued the standard apology with the usual promises  (probably pre-printed) to improve the situation and now expect business as usual and the whole mess to go away, but it shouldn’t be allowed to just “Go Away”. Those to blame  should be fired, and others should have severe disciplinary action taken against them for the death of this young woman and her baby. It just isn’t good enough to say “Oh! We’re sorry” and everything gets flushed down the toilet. A young woman and her child are dead!

Saira And Daughter – A Close Call For Mother And Child At Queens

Saira And Daughter – A Close Call For Mother And Child At Queens

In 2010 Saira Chaudhri went to Queen’s maternity ward only to be told she was not in labour. After pleading with staff she was still told to go home but only reached the car park when someone noticed blood on her trousers. She was immediately rushed back in. It seems the machine they had used to measure her contractions had been faulty.

Earlier this year two midwives from the same hospital were ‘suspended’ after the death of a mother and her new born baby. Suspended? Not fired! The hospital administration should have ensured these two people never worked as midwives ever again!

These are just two cases and are far from isolated. This sort of thing  happens every day in our hospitals and sometimes its much worse.

A sample video of hospital errors:

Cleaning By Private Companies

Patients have left hospital, thankful they survived the experience, complaining of filthy wards, dirty beds and patients bed sheets not being changed when required, as well as disgraceful rudeness from nursing staff and many who cannot even speak english.

This language problem is the fault of the previous government who trolled the world, and in particular ex-colonies, for nursing staff to fill the yawning gap in NHS needs. Those recruiting these foreign nurses didn’t seem to attach much importance to the candidates being able to speak english. “You have a dodgy qualification as a nurse? Right, here’s your plane ticket!”

The Sharp End

The general situation has gotten so bad with the NHS, that the ‘sticking plaster’ approach of fixing the problems so favoured by politicians, just ain’t gonna work!

Probably the most important answer to these difficulties would be to bring back the Matrons, but sadly, they are all pensioners or have already passed on. I don’t think for one minute there is anyone around at the present time who could match up to the Matrons of old.

Looks Complicated Doesn’t It

But one essential move that could be made by Cameron and his crew is to get rid of all these bloody managers that infest the system  like a cancer (waste). Secondly, privatisation in all its forms should be done away with, especially in regard to hospital cleaning services (cleanliness). Thirdly, mandatory language training must begin for all foreign nationals working in the NHS (communication), and lastly, we need to start training our own people, doctors and nurses, to be the next generation of hospital staff (staff levels).

To me these actions will help solve many of our most pressing problems in the NHS, and I can’t see for the life of me why our stupid politicians cannot see it too.

For example, if you need an administrator, why not recruit from older nursing staff who know the system inside out. Why must it be someone who may be a good manager, but has never worked in a medical environment and therefore does not understand the problems.

Time For A Real Change

Other countries don’t have the problems in the health profession that we do, the only reason we must suffer this chaos is firstly the politicians make a balls-up whenever they get involved, and standards in our health institutions have dropped so low as to have left a hole in floor.

What to do? Find a government that will act responsibly in sorting out the problems by making the correct decisions! Well, its either that or some Whitehall chappie had better shove my post under the P.M’s nose! Huh! Some hopes!

Roy.

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