(LONDON) #Coronavirus ONS Report: #COVID19 Related deaths by ethnic group under revised ‘ Race Disparity Audit (RDA) ‘ since 2018 including socio-economic position, area context, access to housing and living arrangements across the U.K. updated Feb.07:2020: PDF Link Below: #AceHealthDesk reports

#AceHealthReport – May.11: Following a request by numbers of ethnic groups and organisations over BAME deaths of frontline #NHS and Social Care Workers ‘ and Public Health England (PHE) have commenced an investigation into reasons and causal affect behind them in the community:

#ONS Report: How ethnic groups vary across some of the social determinants of health: Last Update: 07/05/2020:

The revised Race Disparity Audit (RDA) published in March 2018 found disparities between ethnic groups in various aspects of public life, some of which were pronounced, influencing relative life chances and quality of life. A report by Public Health England showed that the Bangladeshi and Pakistani ethnicities stood out as having particularly poor health outcomes:

While the shared cultural practices associated with ethnic heritage is an important determinant of health, there are also important interconnections between ethnic group membership and other determinants of health such as:

  • socio-economic position
  • area context
  • access to housing
  • living arrangements

An important question in examining risk of coronavirus (COVID-19)-related death is how much variation can be explained independently by ethnicity and how much by variation in experience and intensity of disadvantage? As there is a social gradient in general mortality risk, it is important to illustrate how indicators of disadvantage are distributed across ethnic groups.

At the time of the 2011 Census, there was considerable variability between ethnic groups in the proportion of their respective populations assigned to the most advantaged Higher Managerial and Professional socio-economic class. For example, people with Indian ethnicity were twice as likely to be classified to this class than those with either Bangladeshi or Pakistani ethnicity. Those of Black or Mixed ethnicity had a smaller percentage of their respective populations assigned to this class than those with White ethnicity.

As occupation may change over time, since the 2011 UK Census an analysis of 2019 Annual Population Survey data suggested the Bangladeshi and Pakistani community has increased by approximately 17%, and the Black community by 19%. This is in contrast with the increase in the White population being under 1%. In all three of these groups, the percentage of the population in higher managerial and professional occupations has remained relatively constant, implying little social mobility since the census.

For those with no occupation information to classify from their census record, the Bangladeshi and Pakistani ethnic groups were the most likely to be classified as “never worked or long-term unemployed1, substantially higher than those of White, Indian or Chinese ethnicity.

Another indicator of social disadvantage is living in an overcrowded household (defined as having fewer bedrooms than needed to avoid undesirable sharing). Analysis of the English Housing Survey showed that between 2014 and 2017, around 679,000 (3%) of the estimated 23 million households in England were overcrowded; however, there were marked contrasts between ethnic groups. While only 2% of White British households experienced overcrowding, it was 30% of Bangladeshi households (the highest percentage), 16% of Pakistani households and 12% of Black households.

There is also a contrast in the propensity to live in a multi-family household. An unpublished analyses of Labour Force Survey data showed that in 2018, those with a Bangladeshi and Pakistani ethnicity were much more likely than any other ethnic group to live in a multi-family household, concurring with the overcrowded household contrast reported previously in this section.

In 2018 the percentage of economically active people who were unemployed also varied sizably by ethnicity. While 4% of the White and Indian ethnic populations were unemployed, it was 8% among those of Bangladeshi or Pakistani ethnicity and 9% of those with Black ethnicity.

Occupations involving close contact with the public are deemed to be a risk factor for COVID-19 infection. Figure 1 shows how ethnicities are distributed when working in occupations classified to the transport and drivers and operatives standard occupational classification sub-major group, which encompasses bus, coach and taxi drivers and those driving other types of industrial and agricultural vehicles.

Figure 1: A higher percentage of the workforce classified to the transport and drivers and operative sub-major group were from the Bangladeshi and Pakistani ethnicity group

Percentage of workforce classified to the transport and drivers and operatives sub-major group of the standard occupational classification 2010, UK, 2018 to 2019
Source: Annual Population Survey 2018 to 2019
Notes:
  1. Other ethnic group encompasses Asian other, Arab and other ethnic group categories in the classification.
  2. ‘Mixed’ encompasses White and Black Caribbean; White and Asian; White and Black African; and Other Mixed ethnic group categories in the classification.
  3. ‘Black’ encompasses Black Caribbean; Black African; and Black Other ethnic group categories in the classification.
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There is a noticeably greater propensity for those with a Bangladeshi and Pakistani ethnicity to be working in these occupations. In fact, these ethnicities were twice as likely as others to be working in such occupations. In contrast those classified to the Chinese ethnicity were least likely to be working in these jobs.

The brief overview in this section gives a flavour of the differences in the social determinants of health across ethnic groups, with those of Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Black ethnicities experiencing greater levels of social disadvantage than those of White, Indian or Chinese ethnicities.

Notes for: How ethnic groups vary across some of the social determinants of health:

  1. Never worked or long-term unemployed contains those aged 16 to 74 years who have never worked or are economically active and have not worked since 2009. The category excludes full-time students.

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4. Logistic regression method

By using logistic regression models, we can estimate whether the risk of dying from the coronavirus (COVID-19) is greater among Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups than the White population, once we adjust for a range of geographical, demographic and socio-economic factors.

The dependent variable is a binary variable equal to one if the individual died from COVID-19 between 2 March 2020 and 10 April 2020, otherwise it is equal to zero. In our analytical dataset, we include all those who died from COVID-19 in this period and a weighted 1% random sample of those who did not. The regression estimates are weighted using the probability not to have migrated between 2011 and 2020.

We estimate separate models for males and females, as the risk of COVID-19 death differs markedly across gender. In our baseline model, we only adjust for age, using five-year age groups. We then adjust for geographical, demographic and socio-economic characteristics that are likely to influence the risk of dying from COVID-19 and differ across ethnic groups separately for males and females. These characteristics are retrieved from the 2011 Census and so may not accurately reflect people’s socio-economic conditions in 2020, especially among young people, whose circumstances are likely to have changed. However, the risk of dying from COVID-19 is very low among children and young adults. For older adults, who are less likely to experience social mobility, the measurement error may be less of a concern.

First, we adjust for geographical factors. The probability to be infected by COVID-19 is likely to vary by region of residence, with London being the most severely affected region in terms of COVID-19 related hospital admissions. BAME are also more likely to live in London and in urban areas generally compared with the White population. Therefore, we adjust for region of residence and whether the individual lives in a rural or urban area, using the Rural Urban Classification1.

Second, we adjust for level of deprivation of the area by adding the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) 2010 decile of the postcode of the residence in our model. The IMD is an overall measure of deprivation based on factors such as:

  • income
  • employment
  • health
  • education
  • crime
  • living environment
  • access to housing within an area

A previous ONS publication showed that people living in more deprived areas are twice as likely to die from COVID-19 than those living in less deprived areas. As BAME are also more likely to live in more deprived areathan those of White ethnicity, it is important to account for area deprivation.

Third, we adjust for the household composition (living alone, family with no children, family with children, other) and country of birth (UK born, non-UK born). Household composition varies by ethnicity. For instance, only 17.0% of the Asian population live in a one-person household, compared with 30.9% among those of White ethnicity. Living in a household with larger numbers of people is likely to increase the risk of being infected by COVID-19. Since this likelihood varies by ethnicity, it is a possible mediator for the relationship between ethnicity and the risk of dying from COVID-19.

Fourth, we adjust for socio-economic characteristics retrieved from the 2011 Census, which are a proxy of the socio-economic status (SES) of the individuals. We include in our model the level of highest qualification (Degree, A-level or equivalent, GCSE or equivalent, no qualification), the National Statistics Socio-economic Classification (NS-SEC) of the household head, and household tenure (owned, privately or socially rented, or other). These measures of SES vary across ethnic groups. For instance, 10.0% of people with White ethnicity were in higher managerial and professional occupations, compared with 15.4% of people from the Indian ethnic group and 6.9% from the Black ethnic group.

Measures of SES are associated with health outcomes and mortality2, and so are likely to be associated with the risk of dying from COVID-19. SES could have an impact on the risk of infection and also on the risk of dying if infected. In further work, we plan to derive an indicator of whether anyone in the household works in a high-risk occupation, such as in health care or in the transport sector.

Finally, we adjust for some measures of health from the 2011 Census. We include in the model self-reported health (very good, good, fair, poor, very poor) and a variable indicating if the individual has an activity limiting health problem or disability. Existing evidence suggests that physical health, in particular obesity, has a strong effect on the risk of dying from COVID-19. Health status varies across ethnic groups. For instance, the proportion of individuals being overweight differs markedly across ethnic groups. 62.9% of the White British population is overweight or obese, compared with 72.8% of the Black ethnic group.

In Coronavirus-related deaths by ethnic group, England and Wales: 2 March 2020 to 10 April 2020 (Figure 4) we reported the odds ratios for the age-adjusted model and the fully adjusted model. In Figure 2 in this section we show how the odds ratios of dying from COVID-19 relative to the White population vary depending on the set of household and individual characteristics we adjust for. We report the corresponding model metrics in Table 1.

We find that adjusting for region of residence and the rural and urban classification improves the model fit and reduces substantially the odds ratios for all ethnic groups. Ethnic minority groups are also more likely to live in London and in an urban area compared with the White population. The probability to be infected by COVID-19 is likely to vary by region of residence and to be higher in more densely populated urban areas.

Adjusting for the IMD decile of the Lower layer Super Output Area (LSOA) of residence further reduces the odds ratios for all groups, albeit to a small extent. Adjusting for household composition and wider socio-economic status improves the model slightly but has little effect on the odds ratios for most groups. Adjusting for health as measured in the 2011 Census improves the model fit and also reduces the odds ratios for several groups, in particular the Bangladeshi and Pakistani ethnic group.

Figure 2: Risk of COVID-19 death by ethnic group, different specifications

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Men Women
Specification Area under the curve Deviance Pseudo R Squared Area under the curve Deviance Pseudo R Squared
Age 0.91 114764.44 0.16 0.91 81626.29 0.15
+ Region, urban/rural 0.92 113141.54 0.18 0.91 80599.39 0.16
+ IMD decile 0.92 112985.94 0.18 0.92 80414.48 0.16
+ Household composition 0.92 112867.37 0.18 0.92 80313.36 0.16
+ Socio-economic Status 0.92 112498.20 0.18 0.92 79944.46 0.17
+ Health 0.93 111577.83 0.19 0.93 78932.52 0.18
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Notes for Logistic regression method:

  1. The Rural-Urban Classification categorises geographical areas on the basis of physical settlement and related characteristics into four urban and six rural classes.
  2. For more information see Glymour MM, Avendano M and Kawachi I (2014). Socioeconomic Status and Health, in: Berkman L, Kawachi I and Glymour M (Editors), Social Epidemiology (2nd edition., pages 17 to 62), Oxford University Press.

Full PDF Report Here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/methodologies/coronavirusrelateddeathsbyethnicgroupenglandandwalesmethodology/pdf

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(LONDON) #Coronavirus Business Report: Mercedes Formula One Team Begin delivery of 10,000 ‘ Brand New ‘ Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Devices ‘ it was announced on Tuesday to enable patients of #coronavirus to breath more easily after they have been fully evaluated by UCL and other area hospitals will now go into full production to produce a 1,000 per day #AceFinanceDesk report

#AceFinanceReport – Apr.08: The Mercedes Formula One team will begin delivery of up to 10,000 new breathing devices to the British National Health Service (NHS) this week to help fight coronavirus, the team announced on Tuesday: The Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices will help patients with lung infections to breathe more easily when an oxygen mask alone is no longer sufficient:

#Coronavirus Report: F1 team Mercedes to deliver 10,000 breathing aids to the #NHS to help care for #coronavirus patients

The device was developed by a team of Mercedes engineers and University College London (UCL), as well as clinicians at UCL Hospital: After patient evaluations at UCL Hospital and other London area hospitals, the device received regulatory approval last week.

An order for up to 10,000 devices has been placed by the NHS. Mercedes’ facility in Brixworth, England — where the F1 engines are designed and developed — has been repurposed to meet that demand and is expected to produce 1,000 units per day: The new device was reverse-engineered from a previous model in less than 100 hours and received regulatory approval last week, a UCL statetment said. The revised design consumes 70% less oxygen than the earlier model.

A volunteer 'patient' with the newly developed CPAP device

A volunteer ‘patient’ with the newly developed CPAP device

“These life-saving devices will provide vital support to the NHS in coming weeks, helping to keep patients off ventilators and reducing demand on intensive care beds and staff,” said Professor David Lomas, UCL’s vice-provost.

“It is a phenomenal achievement that they are arriving at hospitals only two weeks after the first prototype was built. It shows what can be done when universities, hospitals and industry work together for the national good.”

CPAP machines help to keep patients’ airways open and increase the amount of oxygen entering the lungs by pushing air and oxygen into the mouth and nose at a continuous rate. UK-based Formula One teams are also helping to produce thousands of ventilators desperately needed by the country’s National Health Service.
There are currently 51,608 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the UK with 5,373 deaths, according to latest figures.

F1 Furlough Staff:

Mercedes is offering a rare bit of good news in an otherwise chaotic F1 season which is yet to officially start: Formula One also announced it has placed 50% of its staff into temporary furlough and CEO Chase Carey will take a significant voluntary salary cut as part of measures to reduce costs during the pandemic: The furloughing of staff will be in place for two months to the end of May and means employees will receive 80 percent of their salary through a financial rescue scheme introduced by the British government: F1 directors and executives have all voluntarily agreed to take a 20% pay cut.

Three teams

`Jeremy Hunt trying sneak through a law to allow closure of any hospital within 40 days’

#AceBreakingNews says according to the latest reports and 38 degrees `Jeremy Hunt‘ is trying to sneak through a law which will give him the power to quickly close any local hospital without listening to local people.

No hospital is safe.

38degreesHe’s changing the rules after losing twice in court trying to close Lewisham Hospital against the wishes of local people, doctors and nurses.

The sweeping new law – the ‘hospital closure clause’ of the Care Bill – will give the government the power to shut down any hospital, in as little as 40 days, regardless of how well the hospital is performing. [1]

Jeremy Hunt is hell-bent on pushing this through.

And time’s not on our side. It could be as little as one week before MPs vote this sinister threat into a reality.

If we’re going to have a chance of stopping Jeremy Hunt we need to throw the kitchen sink at this. And we need to move fast. Vote now to decide whether or not we should launch a big campaign. Yes or No?

YES – WE SHOULD NO – WE SHOULDN’T

Our NHS is precious. And it’s important that we know hospitals, accident and emergency and maternity services are there for us in moments of crisis and joy. It’s terrifying to imagine the government having the power to close any hospital without hearing the wishes of the local community.

It’s going to be tough to stop Jeremy Hunt. But we’ve done it before – twice in Lewisham alone. And if enough of us are keen, there are exciting possibilities for next steps. And new tactics we could try which would take even Jeremy Hunt by surprise!

The 38 Degrees staff team sit down on Monday morning to plan out the week ahead and decide on how we split up staff resources.

The most important factor when making those decisions is what 38 Degrees members think.

Should trying to stop the hospital closure clause be 38 Degrees’ top priority over the next few weeks? Please vote now to help decide whether to launch a big campaign by clicking on the buttons below.

YES – WE SHOULD NO – WE SHOULDN’T

Thanks for being involved,

Becky, Ian, Rebecca, David and the rest of the 38 Degrees team

PS: A study of NHS foundation trusts in England has found the number of those in financial trouble has nearly doubled in a year from 21 to 39. Jeremy Hunt has shown before he’s willing to close good hospitals to bail out ones which are struggling – this law would allow him to do this, even if local patients and doctors were strongly against it. [3]

NOTES
[1] What is the Hospital Closure Clause. Read more on our blog here: http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2014/02/20/nhs-what-is-the-hospital-closure-clause/
[2] BBC News: Rise in NHS Foundation Trusts with deficit, says Monitor hospitals http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-26299423

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#NHS : ” Tales of Neglect Increase Under this Conservative Government”

Ann Clwyd (Labour, Cynon Valley MP), photo by ...

Ann Clwyd (Labour, Cynon Valley MP), photo by Aberdare Blog. Photo taken at a ceremony to unveil the Keir Hardie bust, at Rock Grounds, Aberdare, December 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

#AceHealthNews says `Tales of Neglect on the NHS now amount to  3,000 as `MP Exposes Shocking Care of the Elderly’ `

  • Ann Clwyd was put in charge of investigation into NHS complaints after exposing the shocking care her husband received
  • Said she was inundated with patients‘ letters about a ‘lack of compassion’

Elderly patients are still routinely being neglected and abused by NHS nurses, an MP has warned.

Ann Clwyd, who was put in charge of an investigation into NHS complaints after exposing the shocking care her husband received, said she was inundated with patients’ letters about a ‘lack of compassion’ – 3,000 in the past year alone.

Nurses were telling elderly patients they ‘do not have time’ to administer pain relief, and making them and their families feel like intruders, she said.

The MP also told how families contacting her claimed patients were routinely left to starve on NHS wards ‘because food was taken away’. The weight of one woman in her 90s dropped to just five stone.

Another woman, aged 88, was left in a chair in A&E for seven hours ‘in agony’ and expected ‘not to make any demands’, she said.

Mrs Clwyd, the Labour MP for Cynon Valley, South Wales, broke down in the Commons in December 2012 when she described how her husband Owen had died in hospital ‘like a battery hen’.
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Britain’s National Health Service: Doctor’s Have a Fear of Sharing Private Medical Info Online, Recommend Delays

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#UKGOVNEWS : ” Tories Hand Out Plum Contracts to `Private Firms’ in NHS”

#AceNewsServices says `Tories want to Privatise NHS’ as cuts fund profits for `Fat-Cats’ while `Front Line Staff’ struggle to cope.

Health not WealthIn an article today by the `Daily Mirror’  Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham says huge payments to private agencies to cover understaffed wards is symptomatic of the Conservatives‘ long-term aims.

Before the 2010 election, the Tories promised “no top-down reorganisation of the NHS”. They were lying. They were secretly planning the biggest ever.

The shake-up, signed off by the Lib Dems, has cost £3billion and rising.

To pay for it, the PM took cash off the NHS front line he promised not to cut.

The result? Six-figure payoffs for hundreds of managers and P45s for thousands of nurses. It stinks.

Cameron’s reorganisation has left the NHS weakened, confused and short of staff.

And now the vultures are circling. Agencies are profiteering off the problems of the NHS by charging it exorbitant fees to fill a single shift.

And it only gets worse. Government cuts to NHS community services, mental health and social care are pushing more people to A&E, who in turn need more staff to cope. So our hospitals are trapped in a vicious circle as agencies keep raking in the cash.

Cameron’s reorganisation is giving private firms the green light to cherry-pick services.

 

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Let’s all NOT answer the question.

#nhs

#NHS ” Talk About Not Being Able to Tell the Truth”

#AceHealthNews says according to Nadine Dorris the NHS is in good hands, with the Conservatives in charge. Of course Labour and many of the of public, do not agree.

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 

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p style=”text-align:center;”>These companies who you already know or have heard of are called names like Serco  that according to a Guardian Report in April 2013 

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.   

 

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Does the Latest NHS Recruit to the Ranks Simon Stevens-Sound the Death Knell for our Healthcare System

NHS Employers stand

NHS Employers stand (Photo credit: NHSE)

I was just listening to the BBC today about the latest recruit in the UK NHS healthcare system ,namely a man called Simon Stevens! This person was recruited from none other than United Healthcare and had previously work under the previous labour government, in healthcare! His main objective was to privatise healthcare, but this was not possible under labour, so he left the UK to work for this  private healthcare company. He has now been recruited by the providers of the NHS service company, to make vast changes and proposals in the area of delivery of services! What is a bet that his first will be providing delivery of all services through a private healthcare initiative! I wait and see in the very near future!

The Independent news today stated: A former adviser to Tony Blair who has spent a decade at the top of an American private healthcare giant has been appointed to run the NHS in EnglandSimon Stevens, the architect of Labour’s health reforms who left the UK in 2004 to take up a lucrative post at the American company United Health, was welcomed by the Health SecretaryJeremy Hunt, as a “reformer and an innovator”. But his choice as chief executive of NHS England will raise concerns among critics who claim the NHS is being “softened up for privatisation”.

NHS Warning

NHS Warning (Photo credit: michaelhenley)

The future from April 2014 for the NHS will be massive reforms built on providing healthcare at the point of delivery or providing healthcare through designated and contracted healthcare companies, with one eye on the balance sheet and the other on the profit margin. The person of individual paying will be the taxpayer and the taxpayer when ill will be paying again, if this government wants to fulfil Mrs Thatcher‘s legacy!

Well more soon: Ed #AceHealthNews

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Sir David Nicholson said he supported whistle blowers…

Sir David Nicholson said he supported whistle-blowers and had always been “honest and truthful” with MPs.
Tory MP Stephen Barclay had said he was either “complicit in a cover-up” or had not asked questions about confidential payments made to departing staff.
Since 2008 the MP discovered that 52 payments totalling £2m have been made.
It is not known if the payments made by 30 hospitals who responded to Mr Barclay’s Freedom of Information requests included gagging orders.
In March, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said gagging clauses in N.H.S severance agreements must end.

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Who Were The Real Fools On April Fools Day!

On this day we call April Fools Day, the UK Goverment fooled the people of Britain, by giving them just what they wanted! Namely their own way in the fact they believed the rhetoric they were told, and our health services were changed forever. Not just that they gave total control to the. “Bank of England” (BOE), allowing them to create the next financial crisis. Finally having convinced us all our benefits system is costing too much, especially the people who have too much, over the working people. They destroyed the benefits system in one swipe of the pen! Not bad on a day we call ” April Fools Day” the real question. Who were the real fools on that day? l will leave you with this question, but harken to these words” Make your decision based on what you want, and not what you need.Then the day will come when you will say”Why am l suffering, l never did anything for this to happen to me,” the answer is your forgot other people in favour of your own selfish wants!

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The True Cost Of Care And How We Are Misled

English: NHS logo

English: NHS logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I seem to lately not be able to find many plus point’s in today’s ” Care In The Community” but so easily we are told we are here to improve things for the elderly and disabled! So often this is not the case and they just tinker with the edges.

Then you read an article that says –

The Sunday Express examines who should pay for the cost of care. It says that there is a common misconception that people in care homes automatically have to pay for their own care, when in fact anyone reliant on long-term care owing to illness should be assessed for their medical and health needs, as they may be eligible for full NHS funding.

On the face of it seems great and people can get ” FULL” funding from the NHS well would that not be great news! Well anyone reading this can add their take and leave a comment about their experiences and if l get enough l will start a poll and we will try to gauge as much public opinion and l will launch a campaign to get people the funding they need!

Anyway anyone reading my posts will realise l spend so many days a week running my mother’s care provisions, l say running as it is my job as the only member of the family, will to do it! Anyway less of my woes and onto the reason for my earlier comments. These relate to obtaining funding and how and what you are entitled and where to go to get it agreed! On the face of it social services, suggest you do not get them involved as when they do they own all funding and think they can tell you what to do!

As you know l am not a yes man and l just ignored them and worked through the system and eventually got whatever my mother required as she was my guinea pig and would one day catapult me to provide care through a ” Welfare Fund ” for people in need commencing in Warwickshire UK. Well l decided if l had to use my time to help and guide my mother then l may as well make good use of the knowledge gained.

The comments that are related in the article on the Sunday Express state simply if you get assessed you can receive full funding, well please l challenge anyone to get it all paid, the system is designed in so many ways,to prevent you qualifying! There are so many onerous questions and once you get one part sorted, then part two will change it and so on and so on!

After five years l have reached a point whereby l know what l can get, how much l can have and where to get it and l never take NO for an answer! So please do not get disheartened and always look at what others can have and make sure you get all you are entitled and never ever take NO for an answer!

Need advice or guidance let me know, l will always try to help?

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