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Tory NHS lies may derail election campaign after health bosses highlight staffing crisis

The reality of the Tory NHS: Jill Woolley, a former NHS worker, who has dementia, was forced to wait six hours for treatment on a trolley inches away from overworked NHS staff. That is what Tory cuts have done to the UK’s once-proud health service.

Remember when Tories from Boris Johnson down were falling over themselves to boast about building 40 new hospitals?

Then they were fact-checked, and it turned out there was enough money for just six NHS trusts that had a hospital in deperate need of rebuilding.

A further 21 trusts were earmarked for “seed” funding, to help plans that would not come to fruition until the end of the next decade.

So the “40 new hospitals” claim was a big lie, really.

And now NHS leaders are making dire warnings about under-staffing at hospitals across England – which is the Tories’ responsibility.

So instead of being benevolent providers who catered for all patients’ needs, the Tories have in fact been shown up as skinflints who are starving the system:

Hospitals are so short of doctors and nurses that patients’ safety and quality of care are under threat, senior NHS leaders have warned in a dramatic intervention in the general election campaign

Nine out of 10 hospital bosses in England fear understaffing across the service has become so severe that patients’ health could be damaged. In addition, almost six in 10 (58%) believe this winter will be the toughest yet for the service.

It seems the Tories know this can cause them serious harm:

The views expressed by senior NHS figures on Tuesday will heighten the anxiety in Conservative ranks that the health service’s growing problems risk derailing the party’s campaign in an election members hoped would be dominated by Brexit.

So what will they do?

Any new announcements will be greeted with scepticism because of the “40 hospitals” deception.

Health will certainly be under discussion in the leader debate on ITV this evening (November 19), so it will be fun to watch Mr Johnson squirm.

Will you be bringing popcorn?

Source: Nine in 10 NHS bosses say staffing crisis endangering patients | Society | The Guardian

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Pay-to-see-GP service expanding across the UK as Tories expand ‘two-tier’ privatisation of NHS

Under the new scheme you can bribe your doctors to see you first by giving them £40. Do you have a spare £40? [Yes, I know the image uses dollars].

This is utterly repellant.

The Tories are saying you can skip NHS queues by paying for NHS services.

It is completely unfair and a betrayal of the principles of fairness on which the NHS was founded, as it pushes the poor back down the queue and ensures that they remain sicker, longer.

It does, however, support the principles on which the Conservative Party is based – rich people first; poor people last.

It would be welcome to hope that users of the health service will refuse to participate in this betrayal – but people do what they must, and Tory supporters will do it to spite the others.

Let us hope that the Labour government that is coming will ban this project as the divisive and dangerous attempt to undermine the nation’s health that it is.

A revolutionary new Uber-style service that guarantees same-day GP appointments is to be rolled out across the UK next year.

Billed as an answer to patients being unable to get appointments to see their doctor it is a bid to ease the NHS by mobilising their part-time GP workforce.

The unique online service called Doctaly has been branded the ‘next online game-changer’ and enables patients to skip NHS queues to see a GP privately within a couple of hours – for a one-off fee of just under £40.

Source: Same day £40 service for face to face meeting with GP to expand across the UK – Mirror Online


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Fracking set to be banned from 40% of England’s shale areas

The Guardian is reporting that regulations proposed by the Labour Party and approved by the Coalition Government mean fracking will be banned from two-fifths of the land in England.

[Image: The Guardian.]

[Image: The Guardian.]

Labour faced harsh criticism last week, particularly from the Green Party of England and Wales, after it failed to support that party’s call for a moratorium on fracking that would have banned it altogether. Green supporters suggested that Labour had done a deal with the Coalition to abstain on the moratorium in return for support over the 13-point regulation scheme.

In fact, according to the newspaper, “Ministers were forced to accept Labour’s new environmental rules last week to avoid a rebellion by Conservative and LibDem backbench MPs, many of whom are facing opposition to fracking from constituents.”

So there was no dirty backroom deal and 40 per cent of England is free of fracking whereas, if Labour had supported the Green moratorium, none of England would be protected.

The article continues: “Neither the government nor Labour have stated how much of the land available for future shale gas drilling – 60 per cent of England – would be affected by the new bans. But a Guardian data analysis has revealed it is 39.7 per cent, with large swaths of the south and south east off-limits, as well as the Yorkshire Dales and Peak district.

“An independent analysis by Greenpeace also found that 45 per cent of the 931 blocks being licensed for fracking in England were at least 50 per cent covered by protected areas, which it said was likely to make them unattractive to fracking companies.

“Just three per cent of of the blocks have no protected areas at all, Greenpeace found.”

Well played, Labour! That was a good afternoon’s work.

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