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Interesting choice of words

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Labour Leader’s letter to the Gazette Editor

Interesting words from Cllr. Iain Malcolm in yesterday’s Shields Gazette in another spat with the South Tyneside Independent Alliance.

“I have no desire to skirt around this important issue Mr Allsop”

Skirt around the issue? Whatever did he mean by that?

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September 17, 2009 at 9:10 am

Bank Holiday closures

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Why super surgeries?

The supermarkets and most shops don’t close over the Bank holiday weekend, the police service doesn’t shut down, the fire brigades carry on working, the newspapers still publish, the hospitals are open, so why is that some the larger super surgeries in the NHS closed yesterday evening and don’t re-open until Tuesday?

I was at my local surgery in South Shields a few days ago to request a repeat prescription of essential medicines for myself and was quite happy to be told that they would be available in about 48 hours, but lo and behold, when I returned this morning to collect I found that the surgery is closed until Tuesday. It would have been nice to have been warned about it on Wednesday when I was last there. Besides, there are about a dozen GPs working there and heaven knows how many other administrative and support staff, it beggars belief in this modern age that somehow they couldn’t schedule enough staff to maintain even a small service on a Saturday (they are normally open on a Saturday morning).

I think we’d all be justifiably upset if the supermarkets decided to close today, or if the TV stations decided to shut down for the weekend.

Just another small factor that should be included in any sensible debate about the modernisation of the NHS, especially as most of our politicians seem to think that pouring money into it ad infinitum is the answer to all of our ails.

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August 29, 2009 at 10:43 am

Sometimes you have to wonder

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Just which planet some of these folks are on

Dr Charles Tannock, a former consultant psychiatrist, who has been a Conservative London MEP since 1999 thinks it’s a good idea to charge people £10 to see their GP and then fine others for failing to keep appointments!

I’m all for having a debate about the NHS, but ideas like this are not going to help either raise money for the service or raise popularity for the Conservatives, Andrew Lansley, the shadow health secretary is right to give the proposal a very wide berth.

Isn’t there a general election on the way?

Whilst one little know Conservative MEP makes a nonsensical proposal we learn that a slightly better known and largely disliked politician, the Prime Minister, is prepared to try and take £15 per week in benefits away from some of the poorest in society. By removing their right to hang on to surplus cash in exchange for a reduction in their housing comfort, Labour’s leader is instantly blocking a simple remedy to poverty, in a scheme which actively encourages some competition in the housing market. Those who avail themselves of slightly lesser home comforts can at present keep up to £780 a year of their housing allowance, which to some people can make a massive difference.

Which planet is he on?

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Written by curly

August 28, 2009 at 10:19 am

Posted in Blogging, Conservative, Health, politics

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Conservatives winning NHS war of words

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Com Res poll shows public support the Tories

Mike Smithson at Political Betting asks if the Conservatives are winning the public war of words over the NHS, and illustrates his findings with the first public poll since Dan Hannan waded into the American debate over their health reform proposals.

When those in the sample were asked to say whether they agreed or disagreed that “The NHS would be safer under Labour than the Conservatives“, only 39% agreed and 47% disagreed. As we discussed here as the Hannan row was breaking Health Secretary Andy Burnham seemed unable to get traction on an issue that appeared to be very good news for Labour. These numbers must be very worrying.

Of course Burnham didn’t help matters by suggesting that there were no longer any waiting lists in the NHS. I’ve just enjoyed enormous benefits from the NHS and although I was on a waiting list it was quite a short one, I have every confidence that the Tories will continue to look for ways to improve the service and deliver more for less.

Andrew Hawkins, the boss of ComRes chief exec, says “This is a killer for Labour – they have lost their advantage on one of the biggest electoral drivers”

And so it should be, the NHS has been around for sixty years now and has enjoyed life under a number of Conservative governments, just what makes Labour think that they have some sort of exclusivity over the nation’s health?

I still wonder about the costs of the new front entrance at South Shields District Hospital, and what effect it has had on patient’s treatment.

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August 23, 2009 at 11:15 am

Loving the NHS

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Overtime and supplements paid to staff when off sick

We must love the NHS with total commitment and blind faith without any discussions about reforms, modernisation, value for money, priority spending targeted to the most beneficial areas?

The sensible debates have to start soon.

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August 22, 2009 at 10:34 am

Posted in Health, News, politics

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Glad to be home

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Angioplasty went well

I’m still feeling a little sore in the chest and in the wrist where the incision was made, but the angioplasty procedure at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital on Wednesday went very well. In a near three hour session four additional stents were inserted into the coronary arteries and some other “wiring” was applied, as well as investigations into something called Wolf Parkinson White Syndrome. Didn’t manage to get much rest in there because of the terrible heat, and with building work proceding just a few yards away outside all windows had been closed to reduce infections from air borne dust.

Consequently I slept for a full twelve hours on returning home!

Yesterday was a minor miracle, just walked from the West Park in South Shields down to the Market Place, along King Street and returned via Fowler Street and Chichester Road. A week ago this would have taken hours with a number of stops to recover my breath, yesterday it was a breeze (at a gentle pace of course), no stops, no pounding of the chest as you walk uphill from the bottom of Fowler Street, and no breathlessness, and no pain in the hips (I’m sure that was a side effect of a drug that I no longer need).

So spent some time replying to some emails yesterday, and saying thank you for the kind thoughts and wishes, looking forward to something a little more strenuous today.

I was very happy!

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Written by curly

August 22, 2009 at 9:32 am

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I’ll be with the NHS

Squirrel with NHS

The squirrel comes too

I’ll be missing in action for a few days, somebody please inform Andy Burnham that as a Conservative supporter I’ll be happily placing my life in the hands of the NHS, and no we don’t want to kill babies, introduce euthanasia for old people or socialists, and we don’t want to burn hospitals to the ground. Maybe while I’m away someone might manage to elevate the debate to sensible intelligent levels.

I’ll be in Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital for what I hope will be the final procedure to keep my heart ticking nicely and enable me to get on with my life without pain and breathlessness, I have every confidence in the coronary team there and I’ll be back home and at the keyboard very shortly.

In the meanwhile comment moderation is on and the squirrel will pop up now and then to ward off the Monkey (he’s back in business under a new name (surprise, surprise). See you all soon.

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August 18, 2009 at 10:47 am

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Children – stuck for something to do this summer?

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Playing with the NHS

Play with the NHS!

You know how it is, those long weeks when the children get bored, stuck for new ideas, they’ve had that week away from home and now they’re under your feet again, getting into all sorts of mischief.

Now your worries are over, our new toy will keep them amused for days on end, you can build it up, knock it down, twist it, turn it, and spin it whichever way you like, you can try all sorts of combinations, and it’s virtually indestructible!

But be warned mum, this game will cause arguments galore. Don’t let the little monsters take a pique and throw the toys around and don’t let some other rotter take them away!

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August 17, 2009 at 10:45 am

Posted in entertainment, Fun, Health, Humour, News, politics, sarcasm, Satire

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#WelovetheNHS

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Twittering about it during silly season

The NHS has saved my life three times now, in 1972 as a teenager I had a life threatening event which hospitalised me for the best part of nine months, given the last rights by a local priest then scarred for life by Mr. Eli Dayan in Harton Hospital, South Shields (I’d  be happy to be scarred for life again by this wonderful little man any time). In the past two years I have had two major heart attacks and the NHS in the north-east has saved me again, you don’t need me to tell you that I support the NHS. Neither do I need to go on Twitter to join in the so called mass twittering under the hashtag #welovetheNHS.

The NHS has become a massively loved institution that has grown well beyond any imagination that Bevan may have had for it at it’s inception, it is Europe’s biggest employer, yet the left somehow still expect it to be approached as something like a sacred cow – it is not. The fact that it consumes so much of the public budget means it must be open to inspection, scrutiny, change, reform, improvement, or budgetary controls in exactly the same way as any other government department. The current debate, sponsored by the press, and certainly not helped by linking it to the totally separate debate going on in America, is silly and ridiculous to the point of being banal.

It is not a case of either loving it, or being totally against the institution, as Dizzy points out in this post, and as for Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah joining in on the twitterings, if they loved the NHS that much then why did Brown go private to get his teeth fixed when he was Chancellor?

Conservative leader David Cameron and his family have benefited greatly from the services of the NHS as they tirelessly cared for their much beloved son, but it must irk and irritate him immensely to see the dafties on the left continuing to use the NHS as some sort of big stick to hit the Tories with. It is a total nonsense in keeping with the silly season when we are bereft of hard political news, bring on the Conference season!

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August 15, 2009 at 9:47 am

I quite fancy the Black Eyed Peas new album

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I think I’ll tell my son to take a chlamydia test

Oh damn, we don’t live in London (where he could have got an iPod in Camden)

I’m sure that somebody somewhere is earning an absolute fortune dreaming up new and inventive ways for our public services to waste our cash. One wonders how many educational leaflets the £5000 might have bought, or how many clever teenagers who aren’t even sexually active have taken advantage of the scheme just to get their hands on a free HMV voucher?

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Written by curly

August 3, 2009 at 11:10 am