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labour poster Labour’s poster aims at their own left foot?

Another good thing about having my feed reader working again is that I’ve seen this Labour poster being discussed all over the place. Once more they are attempting to draw dividing lines, and where the Tories don’t have a policy then Gordon Brown will happily invent one for them, just so he can spend his time cynically attacking said made up policy.

It’s almost laughable, anyway over at Shane Greer’s august and  excellent blog, he discusses the negativity of the government’s present campaign strategies:

If any more evidence were needed that Labour are determined to mount an utterly negative election campaign drive by fear, in which truth is sacrificed at the alter of perceived political expediency then one need look no further than their new poster campaign (see picture).

Really!? David Cameron wants to scrap my right to see a cancer specialist within two weeks!? And what’s that you say… the Tories want to put old people onto the street and sell Britain’s children on a completely unregulated free market so that bankers can enjoy massive bonuses!? That’s awful!

Shane then dissects some of the more basic errors in Labour’s arguments about Conservative plans for removing some process targets in the NHS, a health system which, as we all know, David Cameron reveres and has so much time for, Labour forgets the trials and pain that the Cameron family went through in the short life of their son Oliver! On a personal level I have spent many months as a guest in South Shields District Hospital (Harton General) over the years, and the old Ingham Infirmary when I was a teenager, and at least one leading Tory in South Shields spent many years working in the NHS.

Instead of process targets which skew clinical priorities, the Conservative Party would place the emphasis on results. Because, at the end of the day, results are the only thing that matter.  And given the choice between a ‘right’ to be seen within two weeks with no consideration given to the eventual outcome, and an NHS which is laser focused only on achieving the best outcome possible, I know which I would prefer.

The tragic thing is that Labour’s poster demonstrates that when it comes to the NHS, for them petty politics will always trump the patient.

Quite right Shane, they have an unshakeable belief that the NHS is theirs and theirs alone, a child of the golden renaissance period of state ownership from 1945 to 1951 and nobody else has any right to modernise, organise, reform, manage, improve, rationalise, or do anything else with it!

Anyway, how many of you can remember what the right hand side of the poster says? Thought not.

One of Shane’s comments read:

Probably worth pointing out, though, that the way the poster is designed draws your eye to the left side and causes you to ignore the right side. Also people don’t read word for word, they look at the whole and the brain guesses what it says. All of which means all voters see is DAVID CAMERON, “we are committed to the NHS”.

Looks like Labour have shot themselves in the foot again!
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Written by curly

February 11, 2010 at 2:45 pm

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

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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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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

Enough to make you sick

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£7 a day for TV and phone

I was rather hoping that when Patientline went into administration that it’s services would just quietly disappear from out hospitals in the North-East, however when I was recently admitted to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle last November and December I found the familiar monitor and telephone attached to it’s brackets behind the bed. The same systems are still in use in South Shields District hospital having been bought by a company calling itself  Hospedia Ltd. they operate as a monopoly with no competition within the hospital environment.

Their services were of little interest to me, I had my mobile phone at hand and eas quite prepared to watch whatever was entertaining the majority in the day room, I could also listen to the radio on my phone. O.K. so I didn’t enjoy a huge variety of choice, but seriously, I wasn’t that bothered, I knew I would be home after a few days. However for those who are sidelined for a lengthy period the idea of paying £3 a day to watch television in bed and then be charged extortionate rates to phone the family is probably enough to hinder any recovery. These poor folks can hardly request a cheaper rate from a nearby competitor, or run off to Uswitch for a better quote. Now we learn that Hospedia are running a trial scheme in North Tyneside which now charges an outrageous £7 a day!

Grandma Maureen Smith, 62, of Westerhope, in Newcastle, relied on a bedside phone, then run by Patientline, as her only contact to the outside world when she was admitted to Newcastle General Hospital after breaking her leg in a bathroom fall.

The Chronicle reported how Maureen spent more than £400 on the TV and phone system during her 17-week stay in hospital.

It’s fairly obvious that competition cannot be introduced for all of these services but hospitals could perhaps reintroduce the pay phone on a trolley to offer some choice to patients who don’t have their own mobile phone with them. My advice to those faced with a longer stay in hospital would be to forego Hospedia’s offer and make do with whatever else is available, it will save you a lot of cash!

For those NHS estates which have these cash gobblers installed they ought to come with a large government warning attached:

“These hospital services can seriously damage your wealth!”

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Written by curly

February 20, 2009 at 5:38 pm

Posted in Health, Money, News, North-East, South Shields

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This is NICE

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We all pay our taxes and national Insurance – we all deserve treatment

At last – someone who recognises that we all pay into the health service therefore it is benignly wrong to discriminate against certain groups!

Now we just need to get NICE to recognise that it’s just as wrong to offer certain drugs on prescription in Scotland but not in England or Wales, and give people like South Shields man Jimmy Jenkyns a better chance!

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July 26, 2008 at 9:24 am

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Shades of Jimmy Jenkyns

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Labour’s NHS management a shambles

In a story which echoes the plight of South Shields man Jimmy Jenkyns and his battles to first have Tarceva paid for and then to try and make it more widely available on prescription (i.e. in England and Wales) the story of the late Linda O’Boyle calls out for attention.

Cranmer has a very articulate piece which highlights the degenerative nature of Labour’s mismanagement of the National Health Service and the introduction of a two tier system which rejects anyone who has topped up their care with a little of their own money.

Mrs O’Boyle is believed to be the first person to die after being denied free care because of the ‘co-payment’ prohibition, where a patient desires to top-up treatment by paying privately for extra drugs. It appears that ‘top-up’ fees, while demanded by law in the state’s provision of education, are prohibited by law in the state’s provision of health. A patient may either have treatment under the NHS or privately, but not both in parallel.

A scandal, an absolute scandal which has led to a death earlier than perhaps might have been.

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Written by curly

June 3, 2008 at 4:45 pm

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