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Has plan to double English medical students stalled so ‘physician associates’ can be installed instead?

Physician associate: training for these not-doctors is cropping up all over the place (this is at Chester University), while a government promise to fund more places for trainee doctors has proved to be economical with the truth.

A plan to increase the number of trainee doctors in England to 15,000 by 2031 has stalled, with only 350 places funded for 2025-6 – just a quarter of the expected annual total.

Ministers have dramatically stalled plans to double the number of doctors being trained in England by 2031 in a move that has caused dismay across the NHS, as well in medical schools and universities.

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In June last year, ministers backed a long-term plan to expand the NHS workforce and pledged, amid great fanfare, to “double medical school places by 2031 from 7,500 today to 15,000, with more medical school places in areas with the greatest shortages to level up training and help address geographic inequity”. Labour is also committed to raising the number of doctors to 15,000 by 2031.

But a leaked letter written jointly by health minister Andrew Stephenson and the minister for skills, apprenticeships and higher education, Robert Halfon, to the independent regulator the Office for Students, says they will fund only 350 additional places for trainee doctors in 2025-26. This is less than a quarter of the annual number widely anticipated and there is no guarantee that even that level of resource will be repeated.

This Writer never believes any “long-term plan” announced by a government; these always seem to be bids for short-term boosts in popularity. Last year’s announcement about medical students seems a perfect example.

I also wonder whether the Tories are trying to save money by force-replacing doctors with controversial ‘physician associates’ – under-qualified substitutes for doctors whose decisions have proved dangerous, and occasionally fatal.

Source: Government delays plans to double number of medical students in England | NHS | The Guardian


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The Tories have given up justifying Lee Anderson’s Islamophobia. Now they’re redefining it

Oliver Dowden: he says Lee Anderson’s comments weren’t Islamophobic – apparently because his personal definition of Islamophobia differs from what you’ll find in a dictionary.

After Lee Anderson’s Tory Party membership was suspending because he said Sadiq Khan had ceded the streets of London to “Islamists”, former colleagues who are still in that party have scrambled to make his words seem acceptable.

Here’s Therese Coffey, who allowed water company shareholders to fill our rivers with excrement rather than forcing them to do their jobs and improve the sewage purification service:

And here’s Oliver Dowden, who has sparked a considerable amount of comment:

Here he is on another Sunday politics show:

So apparently it’s not Islamophobic because these Tories have unilaterally changed the meaning of Islamophobia?

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Here’s a twist in the tale:

If his remarks weren’t Islamophobic, why would Anderson need to apologise for them? It seems to This Writer that Dowden managed to talk himself into a corner.

Here’s the real-world upshot of all this hot air:

Bear in mind that we’ve seen no evidence that any MP was intimidated by Muslims before the ceasefire vote on Wednesday, February 21.

But we do know of one MP who definitely did face attempts to shut him up. In his case, no effort was made to protect him. I wonder why.


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Are the Tories planning to fraud you into thinking they’re cutting NHS waiting lists?

The Conservative government is planning to move 40,000 children from the main NHS waiting list to a less conspicuous one, according to news agency Reuters.

The aim, it seems, is to make the Tories look better before the general election, despite not having achieved their aim to cut the number of people waiting for NHS treatment:

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You can read the full article here.

If true, this is an attempt at deception, in order to gain an advantage. Considering the difference between ministerial salaries and the donations that MPs in government receive, in comparison with what opposition MPs get, it’s in order to gain a pecuniary advantage.

In other words – if true – it would be attempted fraud.

Last time I checked, that was a crime.


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Tories lose two more by-elections – but don’t believe Labour’s propaganda

The ballot box: it seems democracy in the UK has fallen to such a pitiful state that our governments are formed according to the number of people who DON’T vote, rather than the number who do.

Labour has won two more by-elections – but don’t be fooled by the party’s propagandists; Keir Starmer’s cronies only took the seats because disillusioned Tory voters stayed away from polling stations.

The polls were held in Wellingborough and Kingswood, after the recall of Peter Bone and resignation of Chris Skidmore (both of the Conservative Party) respectively.

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Wellingborough has an electorate of 79,376 people – but only 30,145 turned out to vote in the by-election. That’s about 38 per cent – less than half the total.

How can an election result based on such a low turnout be said to represent the will of the majority? The majority didn’t want to vote for any of the candidates!

Turnout was also 21,768 down from the 51,913 in the 2019 general election.

Looking at the numbers for each party, we see that Labour had 13,844 votes on February 15, 2024 – up from 13,737 in 2019… by just 107 votes. As a proportion of the total electorate, that represents a swing to Labour of just 0.1 per cent from 17.3 per cent of the electorate to 17.4 per cent.

So we can see that the reason Labour won, as has been the case in many recent by-elections, is not because that party has become more popular but because the Conservative vote collapsed. In 2019, 32,277 people voted Tory (41 per cent of the electorate), compared with 7,408 on February 15 (nine per cent). So that’s a percentage drop of 32 per cent.

As for Gen Kitchen, the new Labour MP: she cannot claim to represent a majority of Wellingborough’s electorate because 82.6 per cent of that electorate – 65,532 people – did not want her to be their MP.

Let’s move on to Kingswood, where the result was even worse – for both main parties.

The electorate is said to be 65,543 people but only 24,905 turned out to vote on February 15 – so, again, that’s about 38 per cent of the total. It’s a fall of 40,638 voters.

And the vote for both Labour and the Conservatives collapsed. The only reason Labour’s Damian Egan won is that his party’s vote didn’t fail quite as badly as the Tories’.

In 2019, Labour had 16,492 votes (24 per cent of the electorate at the time). On February 15, this fell to 11,176 votes (17 per cent of the electorate). That’s a fall of 5,316 votes (seven per cent)

But the Conservative vote fell from 27,712 (40.2 per cent) to 8,675 (13.2 per cent) – a massive 19,037 (27 per cent) drop.

Again, it may be said that, with 62 per cent of the electorate not turning out and 83 per cent not voting for that party’s candidate, Labour cannot be said to have a mandate in that constituency. Can it?

And people know.

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What a disaster for democracy.


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Rishi Sunak’s NHS fail in a single social media post

Rishi Sunak in a hospital: he can get in because he can afford to jump the 7+ million-strong queue he and his Tory colleagues have created.

This just about sums up Tory health policy for the last 14 years:

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It is as Prem Sikka explained in a speech to the House of Lords (and an article for Left Foot Forward):

The government has reduced access to healthcare.

That was, is and remains the entire point of everything the Tories have done with the National Health Service since 2010 – and is the reason millions have died while awaiting NHS care under their rule.


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Would the UK have a labour shortage if the Tories hadn’t killed so many of us?

Too few workers: but with low wages, reduced access to healthcare and rising stress-related mental illness, why would anybody want a job in the UK?

It would be funny if it were not so tragic.

The Conservative government is not happy because there is a labour shortage in the UK.

The last figures This Writer has seen suggest that businesses need an extra million workers.

It would be easy to blame Brexit for the shortfall, and there is certainly an argument that sending migrant workers back to their own countries has been a bad idea.

But there’s also the fact – fact, mark you – that the Conservative governments of 2010 onwards have been killing off working-age people at an astonishing rate. This is not a reference to Covid, but to actual, premeditated Tory policy.

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The ever-excellent Prem Sikka made this point in a House of Lords debate on the subject:

He had previously posted this on ‘X’:

The article to which he links provides all the information you need:

People in secure and well paid jobs are more likely to have a longer life expectancy and take less time off work due to sickness. This can swell the size of the work force, but the government has pushed real wage cuts with claims that wage increases for workers are inflationary though that logic is suspended for executives and bankers. The average real wage has remained mostly unchanged since 2007.

The annual UK median wage is around £29,669.  The Joseph Rowntree Foundation estimates that a single person needs to earn £29,500 a year to reach a minimum acceptable standard of living. A couple with two children need to earn £50,000 between them. This means that nearly half the working population does not reach the minimum standard of living though low incomes can be supplemented by means-tested social security systems. 17.8m adults have income of less than £12,570. Indeed, due to low pay more people in work are claiming social security benefits than those out of work.

The result is that some 14.4 million people live in poverty. Millions of people are deprived of good food, housing, education, clothing, skills and healthcare. Deprived people cannot work long hours or fulfil their potential. More workers report sick and have mental and physical health problems. More than 800,000 patients were admitted to hospital with malnutrition and nutritional deficiencies last year. Some 16m people have disabilities which may affect their participation in labour markets. The government is considering withdrawing benefits from the old, sick and disabled and force them to work, but it is hard to see how that will deal with systemic problems.

Rather than improving healthcare, the government has reduced access to healthcare. People struggle to get access to NHS dentists and family doctors. Some 6.39 million individuals in England alone are waiting for 7.6m hospital appointments. That is one-in-nine persons. Around 2.8 million people, roughly equivalent to the populations of Bournemouth, Cardiff, Coventry, Edinburgh Stoke-on-Trent and Middlesbrough, combined, are suffering from chronic health conditions and are unable to work. More than 500,000 under-35s in the prime of their life are out of work due to long-term illness.

A 2023 study reported in the 5 years to 2022 nearly 1.5 million people in England died whilst waiting for a NHS hospital appointment – that is nearly 300,000 a year.  A 2022 study reported that between 2012 and 2019, government imposed austerity caused 335,000 excess deaths in England and Scotland i.e. nearly 48,000 a year. One-third of these deaths were among people under 65. Another study estimated that between 2011 and 2020, 1.2m people in England died prematurely from a combination of poverty, austerity and Covid. The Government’s obsession with austerity, wage cuts and defunct economic theories has turned the state into a killing machine, and is a major cause of labour shortages.

The article is well worth reading as it covers other reasons for the labour shortage – all of which are down to government policy, inactivity or incompetence.

This Site has been warning that government policy kills since it was founded in 2011 – but at successive elections, the Tories have been voted back in.

So the logical conclusion is that the people of the UK are happy to be deprived of the healthcare to which we all contribute via our taxes, happy to be starved of food, housing and education, and happy to be driven into mental illness by the stress that all this causes.

Are we?

Or have we all been misled, time and again, by politicians with undeclared interests in keeping us down, along with their client media?

With a general election coming up soon, isn’t it time we gave up listening to the public relations people and started to check for ourselves what we are really being offered?

The people of Rochdale could use their by-election as an example for the rest of us.


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Rishi Sunak: worst prime minister on TV since Alec Douglas-Home?

Rishi Sunak on TV: at least he’s facing in the right direction in this image.

This Writer once saw a TV documentary about the 1964 general election campaign in which Labour’s Harold Wilson, easily the most intelligent person ever to have high office in the UK, walked all over then-Conservative prime minister Alec Douglas Home.

The reason? Home simply wasn’t good in front of a camera and Wilson was. The Tory looked awkward, sounded stiff and presented himself as someone who simply didn’t want to be bothered with people.

It’s possible that my interpretation of his campaign is coloured by the biases of the filmmakers, of course, but given the result of the election I doubt it.

Rishi Sunak looks like he’s going to be worse.

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To start with, he doesn’t seem even to understand that he needs to look into a TV camera – or at least face in the right direction – when he’s speaking to the public through it.

He fell at even that simple hurdle when he addressed the GB News People’s Forum on Monday, making his opening remarks with his back to the camera.

And from there it went downhill. There’s a Guardian review in the article below…

… but let’s go straight for the red meat (of Sunak’s jugular?) and watch Peter Stefanovic’s summary of everything that was wrong about Sunak’s TV time:

I’ve only got one full clip from the show – of when Sunak suggested his parents sent him to a private school because they had great aspirations for their children.

Labour’s Cat McKinnell called him out about it on ‘X’, although her words were clearly electioneering for her own party. Still, if you watch the clip, you can see what she means:

Here’s a more practical-minded response:

The verdicts afterward were damning. This one is kind in comparison with most:

The people invited to form the audience and ask the questions had all been chosen by the polling firm Survation which, it seems, had been asked to fill the room with Conservatives.

At least, they were Conservatives going in.

On the way out it was a different story, as we see here:

Only half of them came out saying they would still vote Tory.

Perhaps this is the most damning: a satirical poke at Sunak by suggesting his performance could become a segment on Would I Lie To You, with his part taken by legendary panellist Bob Mortimer:

We all thought Theresa May was shockingly bad, back in 2017.

Now we know we can look forward to a summer of seeing our prime minister running away, not only from his responsibilities but from TV cameras, the public and – most probably – the reality that he’s going to lose the election and probably his own place in Parliament.


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How much money IS Rishi Sunak giving his wife’s company?

Partners in (the) climb: Akshata Murty and her husband, UK prime minister Rishi Sunak.

Infosys, the firm run by Rishi Sunak’s father-in-law, in which his wife Akshata Murty is a major shareholder, is raking in massive profits from the UK government. Coincidence?

According to LBC,

Akshata Murty’s company received £7 million in public sector invoices last year up from £4.7 million in 2022.

The £7.029 million total in public sector invoices includes over £250,000 from the Government Property Agency (GPA), as well as a similar amount from the Care Quality Commission (£270,000) – whilst the London Borough of Brent totalled over £2 million in invoices with Infosys.

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Within these invoices, Infosys were given contracts for “Information Communication Technology” (£1.5 million), “Consultant fees” (£1.1 million) as well as “IT Consultancy” (£868,000) across various levels of government.

Public sector invoices show the actual amount spent with a company over a certain period of time.

LBC can also reveal that in addition to these regular contract wins, the company has also won spots on a number of frameworks in recent years.

Whilst this offers no guarantee of work, it can “give the company an edge in winning contracts in the future” according to Tussell.

Labour’s Jonathan Ashworth has said the public should be told exactly why Infosys, with its close links to Sunak, seems to be cashing in.

It will be interesting to see what excuse Sunak devises, if he’s pressed on this issue, which again raises the question of corruption in the government to which he claims he has brought “honesty”.

Source: Rishi Sunak’s wife’s firm Infosys received 50% boost in public sector invoices in 2023 – LBC


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There is NO ‘national debt’. Politicians like Keir Starmer are SCAREMONGERING

Keir Starmer and money: he doesn’t understand how it works but he wants us to put him in charge of the UK’s economy. How insane would we have to be to do that? Oh, and Rishi Sunak doesn’t know how it works either.

Let’s try to put this ridiculous nonsense about us having to pay back a mythical “national debt” to rest, if we can.

This Writer has been trying to work out a better way to describe it for a long time – practically since it became a political football during the run-up to the 2010 election, in fact – and I have learned a lot about the way the UK’s money system works in that time.

Here’s how it works:

All UK money is created as demanded by the government. It asks the Bank of England, which it owns, to create the sums it needs in order to fund its political projects and policies and puts that money into the economy.

(And in order to prevent inflation, as more and more money is pumped into the system – and also to validate Sterling (the Pound) as a currency – the government takes money back out of the system in taxes.)

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Without the money the government creates, the economy would not work – unless we all went back to bartering one set of goods for another, but this is not as good a system as using a currency.

So we could say that money is the lifeblood of the economy – it invigorates the system and keeps it alive.

Taking that comparison further: we don’t say we owe our heart a debt of blood because it pumps eight pints of it around our bodies, without which we couldn’t survive, do we?

And if we give blood, for medical purposes, we don’t expect to have to pay our heart back in some extraordinary way; our bodies just make more of it.

So it seems strange to consider all the money the Bank is told to create for the economy as being debt; it is something else, for which I have yet to find a good pithy name.

As such, it seems to This Writer that governments should work out how much they need to have in the economy at any given time, in order to achieve their aims, and remove that from any notion of debt. This would then give them a better idea of how much to tax out of the system at any time. There are other indicators available to show who it should be taxed from.

It seems to me that this (possibly naive) model is endorsed by the economist Richard Murphy in his new – long – ‘X’ thread about why Keir Starmer’s twaddle about the “national credit card” is ridiculous.

Read:

Here’s the bit that corroborates what I was thinking:

So the national debt is actually the money that makes the economy work. That’s not a debt – it’s an assset!

He continues:

Now he’s getting into why the “maxed-out credit card” story is daft.

Here comes the punchline: why are Labour and the Tories making such a fuss about a so-called debt that doesn’t actually exist? Read on:

So there you have it.

There is no national debt.

The money created by the government, through the Bank of England, is what energises the economy (we can see that demonstrated by the fact that there has been practically no growth in the years since David Cameron and George Osborne imposed austerity on us).

Political parties talk about a fictional national debt and a fictional national credit card to make us believe that, as a nation, we cannot afford the public services and assets that we need. This is a lie.

The conclusion?

Political parties that tell this lie do not deserve our vote and there should be no Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat or SNP MPs in the House of Commons after the next general election – unless they change their tune radically.


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Rishi Sunak tried to tell you he introduced honesty to government. Liar!

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