President’s Day? I’m so glad that we don’t have anything similar. Could you imagine having a Prime Minister’s Day? I think Cameron’s knees would buckle under the weight of his head while the whole country took off sick…literally, to puke in their own toilets rather than those at work.
My book Miedo (Living Beyond Childhood Fears) supports Hull, city of culture 2017 by Giving an inside look at life in Hull from the perspective of a child growing up in the mid 1960s-1980s. Lots of places are mentioned, like Hedon Road, Hessle Road, Old town and Hull Royal Infirmary etc. See my post: http://kevs-domain.net/2014/02/08/miedo-living-beyond-childhood-fears/ for more information.
I hope Ian will accept the following award: http://kevs-domain.net/2014/02/01/and-the-versatile-blogger-award-goes-to/
My colleague Kev sent me this post and his words says it all ” Talk about not being able to own up to anything” but then what really is behind people thinking the NHS has no money, well let me answer this the only way l know how, having spent over 5 years trying to understand the system.
It all, starts one day when one elderly person goes into decline, and you need to consider their healthcare, and the more you get embroiled in the system, the more you realise, that is really simple!
There is plenty of money, it is all ring fenced and this allows all essential services to be starved, of funding.
This creates what has come to be called a “Two Tier System” whereby the people who need essential care, who cannot understand the system, do not get it, and those that “Do Not Take No For An Answer” such as myself, can get what other people already have got with a little work.
Though there is a much deeper reason for starving our NHS and that is essential services, can be farmed out to a “Third Party Contractor” this present Government has turned this into an art, and can make us mere mortal’s ,believe their rhetoric.
Their favourite words are watch-words – such as `it is for your own good’ or `we are looking after your children’s future’ making people believe they really care – `they do not’ – all they care about is putting in place, the legacy of `Maggie Thatcher‘ and finishing what she started.
The Way is Contractor’s
It was almost two years ago that whistle-blowers exposed the failings of the privatised out-of-hours GP service run by Serco in Cornwall. Yesterday, finally, they were vindicated. The powerful parliamentary public accounts committee summoned Serco and the NHS body responsible for commissioning them, the Cornwall primary care trust, and gave them the roasting they deserved for a culture of “lying and cheating” and for “shocking” inadequacies in writing and monitoring the contract. The committee had asked the National Audit Office to report on the service after revelations in the Guardian. Members from all parties were excoriating in their judgment of Serco’s behaviour and the inability of the trust to hold the company, which has £2.4bn of public-sectorcontracts in the UK, to account.
The bigger question, however, is whether NHS patients will be any better protected in future as more services are put out to tender. Serco’s health business is growing rapidly – it has £300m worth of contracts in the sector. Other than a dent to its reputation, it has suffered no penalty. It has not been fined for lying and breaching its contract, nor has it lost the job. Its public-sector business just keeps getting bigger as its share price rises. If a private company behaved this way to another private company over a contract, it would find itself in court. Not so when rapacious corporates (the committee’s description) do business with the public sector. A small sorry is enough.
Contractors and Subcontractors pdf according to National Audit Office the use of contractors and sub-contractors is increasing in the NHS, yet evidence suggests that a third of trusts believe they have limited control over their contractors’ health and safety.
These people are this Governments `Chosen Few’ and they are the ones who will support the Government and in so doing will get their “Earthly Reward” of these large “Taxpayer Funded” contracts.
Personally l do not see this as good news for the country and especially the NHS as this leads to that “Two Tier System l told you about, but this time it will be Private Healthcare V’s Free at Point of Delivery.
- Private firms ‘win 70% of NHS bids’(bbc.co.uk)
- The awkward truth about funding the NHS(telegraph.co.uk)
- Serco to lose out-of-hours GP services and hospital management contracts(theguardian.com)