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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.

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.

Ode to Fatness

Posted in Britain, Children, Diabetes, England, Europe, Germany, Health, Insanity, Modern World, Obesity, Overweight, Parenting, UK, USA with tags , , on 24/02/2009 by floroy1942

For years the streets of America have been thronged with overweight people who are classed as obese, and now the problem has reached epidemic proportions in Britain. “Aaaaaargh! Excuse me! Would you mind moving your belly, it’s on my foot!”

It was reported by the UK Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health yesterday, that between 1997 and 2003 a 74% rise in diabetes was recorded. By 2005, more than 4% of the population were classed as having diabetes – nearly double the rate of 10 years earlier. Most are the Type 2 diabetes (non-insulin dependent) which usually happens to people over 40 years of age, however in recent times, children as young as seven are being diagnosed with the condition.

Current research indicates there are now 2.5 million Brits with diabetes, and another 500,000 who don’t even know they have it! Boy! have they got a surprise coming. The cause of this diabetes increase – obesity – or, super-huge fatness!

It was estimated that 8% of women, and 6% of men in England were obese in 1980, but by 1998 the numbers had shot up to 21% of women and 17% of men ( the ladies are still winning!). Almost a 300% increase! Current estimates now put 58% of the British population as either overweight or obese. Some people think you should not make fun of the obese, and I agree , but when I hear the excuses they trot out, blaming everything and everyone but themselves for their condition I cringe: “It’s genetic – Pass the mayonnaise dear!” or “It’s my hormones – Can I have some more french fries?” “Its in my genes, can’t do a thing about it – Pass the cake please”.

There are also a few crackpots around. One Doctor, I can’t remember his name, reported the results of his research last year which suggested that obesity was caused by a virus!!!!!! Bull Doc!!!!(… and I kept that clean) I have heard some lame excuses for obesity, but that one deserves an Oscar!

Why are people obese? The two main reasons, according to doctors who really know their stuff, are:- over-indulgence and lack of exercise – so there!

To some, the body is a temple, but that is going a bit too far for me. However, anyone who abuses their body to the extent where they need two aeroplane seats just to sit down should be chained in the stocks at least.

I am a smoker, I have been for more than 50 years, and I make no apology for that. When I started, we had no idea of the harm that can be done to the lungs when smoking. The past few years have seen a witch hunt levelled at smokers with a ferociousness unequaled in modern history. Smoking is no longer allowed in public places in many countries, and everywhere you turn there is someone trying to make you stop.

I can understand the non-smoking fraternity not wanting to smell ashtrays or sit in a smoke-filled room, and I accept that with good grace, but when Doctors blame any illness you have (even the common cold) on smoking, then I say Bah! Humbug!

At the time, much was said about the increased cost to the UK National Health Service (NHS) in treating smoking related illness, and this was used as a lever to get legislation through Parliament.

Which brings me full circle back to obesity. The NHS is currently spending £1m every hour, 10% of its total budget, treating people with diabetes and its complications, and this is set to rise enormously in the next few years. On top of that, all the obese people are going to completely overload the heart clinics and hospital cardiac wards when the old ticker starts to give under the strain. Then we will see a real crisis in the NHS. Probably mass suicide by NHS managerial staff led by the Health Minister!

So should we now have a witch hunt against fat people??? “No fat people in public places please!” – “I’m sorry, you can’t be fat in here, you’ll have to be fat outside!” – “No fat people on the buses (now there’s a thought)!” – “no fat people in cinema’s!!!” Need I go on?

If an adult wishes to abuse her/his (ladies first) body to the extent where they shorten their life span by tens of years it is up to them, but what really upsets me is when their children are also grossly overweight. For this there is no excuse. If, as an adult you wish to eat crap and lounge on the sofa all day that is your prerogative, but if you have children it should be against the law.

You cannot always lead your children by example, but you should try. You should at least care enough about them to make sure they do not follow your self-destructive ways, and if you can’t you do not deserve them. Period!.

It is no great feat to feed your children good healthy meals and teach them to get plenty of exercise. Who knows, some of it may even rub off on you, but if you are too overweight to chase them around the garden yourself, buy a big dog and train it to chase them for you! You see, for every problem a solution!

I despair when I see parents coming out of supermarkets with trolleys loaded to the brim with these huge bags of potato chips and bags of french fries. Invariably, the accompanying children already have their snouts in a bag of potato chips on the way out!! Unbelievable!

Whereas the Americans like their hamburgers, the British have become addicted to the french fry. It is unfortunate but true, that the English diet now consists of french fries with everything! How sad!

If the current trends continue in the West, I can see humans becoming more like those depicted in the film Wall-E; fat bloated bodies with tiny fat legs and arms, laying on anti-gravity couches and being moved around automatically. Somebody tell me this is not the future!

May fatness be your guide (to good eating). Bon Appetite!

Roy.

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