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Why are women who have lost their babies being investigated for a crime?

Police: why are they wrongly accusing women who have lost their babies of committing crimes?

Women say they have been “traumatised” and left feeling “suicidal” after criminal investigations lasting years in which they were suspected of illegally ending a pregnancy.

It seems they are being victimised for losing their babies after the 24-week window for termination.

Abortions after 24 weeks are only allowed if the woman’s life is in danger, if there is a severe fetal abnormality or if the woman is at risk of grave physical and mental injury.

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But of course that does not mean a woman cannot lose her child for natural – and very often tragic – reasons, as the BBC has pointed out:

An unprecedented number of women are being investigated by police on suspicion of illegally ending a pregnancy, the BBC has been told.

Abortion provider MSI says it knows of up to 60 criminal inquiries in England and Wales since 2018, compared with almost zero before.

Some investigations followed natural pregnancy loss, File on 4 found.

Pregnancy loss is investigated only if credible evidence suggests a crime, the National Police Chiefs’ Council says.

Do we believe that comment from the National Police Chiefs’ Council?

We already know that the Metropolitan Police has been found to be institutionally misogynistic. Perhaps the rot has gone further.

This Writer tends to agree with Dr Jonathan Lord of abortion provider MSI, who said: “These women are often vulnerable and in desperate situations.

“They need help, not investigation and punishment.”


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Woman took her own life hours before DWP agreed long-delayed PIP claim | Disability News Service

It’s 11 years – possibly more – since This Site started campaigning for an end to the senseless deaths of sick and disabled benefit claimants… and they are still dying due to Tory ignorance and cruelty:

A young disabled woman took her own life nine months after submitting an application for a disability benefit, which was finally awarded just hours after she died, an inquiry by a committee of MPs has been told.

The Commons work and pensions committee has been told how the 24-year-old’s claim had been held up for months because of flaws within the application process.

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Her mother has told the committee that the “mental health impact” of the “hurdles” in the application process “should not be underestimated”.

Her evidence again raises serious concerns about flaws and delays within the personal independence payment (PIP) system.

Following her death, DWP identified numerous errors in how her claim had been dealt with, according to the statement.

Disability Rights UK [has] called for a public inquiry to “learn the truth about what has happened in cases of benefit related deaths and serious harm”.

Source: Young woman took her own life hours before DWP finally agreed long-delayed PIP claim – Disability News Service


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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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Why are the children of Gaza deemed to deserve trauma, mental illness and death?

Traumatised: here’s a child whose legs had to be cut off after an Israeli attack in Gaza. Wouldn’t you agree that such an event at such an early age is likely to have repercussions for the rest of this poor mite’s life?

The Chair of the United Nations’ child rights committee has spoken out against the persecution of children in Gaza, caused by Israel’s genocide there.

Here’s part of what she had to say:

No doubt the Israeli “authorities”, such as they are, will dismiss Ann Skelton’s comments as they come from the United Nations and Israel does not recognise the UN’s authority.

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It’s a strange attitude to the organisation that brought the current state of Israel into being. Perhaps if Israel doesn’t recognise UN authority on this, it should make a statement that the UN had no authority to create Israel and dissolve itself immediately?

Nobody seriously believes that is a possibility. But its current attitude reveals the Israeli government and military to be hypocrites.

And the bombings continue. And the children continue to die. Or be traumatised into suffering mental illness for (possibly) the rest of their lives.

How would you feel if these were your children?


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US government’s hypocrisy over the deaths of journalists in Gaza and elsewhere

Wael Al-Dahdouh: Isrealis murdered this journalist’s family and then shot him. He is still alive, though.

This Site has accumulated a huge amount of information on the genocide in Gaza that I’ve been unable to publish as stories with my own opinion of them – due to time constraints.

Rather than leave them unseen, I’ve decided to publish them – with a caveat that it is up to you to decide what you make of them.

So:

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Less-trained ‘physician associates’ are taking over from doctors – because they’re cheaper

Physician associate: training for these not-doctors is cropping up all over the place (this is at Chester University).

If you fall ill or are injured, would you like to be treated by a proper doctor – or would you accept treatment by a so-called ‘physician associate’ who is far less well-trained, but cheaper, and whose employment is intended to make a bigger profit for private health companies?

Here’s Damo to explain what this latest healthcare nightmare is all about:

Already two deaths have been linked to PAs. This means the Tories have intended to make those deaths possible.

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And Labour too – because PAs appear to be part of Keir Starmer and Wes Streeting’s plan for the NHS. They certainly didn’t lift a finger to stop them becoming part of your future – if you have a future at all under the ministrations of these not-doctors.

Don’t just take Damo’s word on this. Here’s an actual doctor:

You have your instructions!

Please tell your MP you want the NHS to be staffed with proper doctors – and if private companies don’t want to spend the money, they shouldn’t be part of the service. You can find out how to get in touch here.


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Cold, damp homes skyrocket estimates of excess deaths

How to heat? For many pensioners this winter, the fire may not be an option and the only heat they are likely to get may be from a cup of tea – even after temperatures plummeted to -14C this week.

An “appalling and avoidable” increase in excess death estimates is due to cold, damp homes, according to a new report:

The End Fuel Poverty Coalition has predicted from the latest government data that 4,950 excess winter deaths in the UK were caused by living in cold, damp homes during winter 2022/23, an increase of 1,721 people compared to estimates from last year.

The latest figures from the Warm This Winter campaign also show that 8.3m adults in the UK are living in cold, damp homes.

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Energy bills have soared in recent years following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and with Ofgem’s energy price cap for January to March 2024 set at £1,928 a year – significantly higher than what it was in October 2021 at at £1,277 ,before the energy crisis began.

Exclusive polling for PoliticsHome in November by Savanta found 32 per cent of people were “very concerned” about whether they would be able to afford they energy bills this winter, with 44 per cent reporting they were “somewhat concerned”. Only 17 per cent said they were “not really concerned”, with just 5 per cent saying they were “not concerned at all”.

Labour is saying this is an indication that people should vote for that party, which is promising a scheme to insulate homes if it forms a government.

The trouble is, under Keir Starmer, Labour has promised a lot of things only to u-turn on them as soon as it is convenient.

Nobody seems to be talking about reducing the price of heating homes – by getting rid of our reliance on fossil fuels altogether and investing in cheap and clean energy.

Is that because it will cut profits for the fossil fuel magnates who pay big donations to politicians in all the major parties?

Source: Labour Says Spike In Cold Deaths Underlines Urgency Of Home Insulation Scheme


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Anti-vaxxers angry after study shows jabs could have prevented 7,000 Covid hospital admissions and deaths

Research published in The Lancet shows that 7,180 hospital admissions and deaths could have been prevented if people had received all their Covid-19 vaccinations.

The study links gaps in vaccine coverage of younger people, men, those in areas of higher deprivation, and people of non-white ethnicity with hospitalisations and deaths.

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But when the size of the group failing to receive vaccinations is compared with the number of hospitalisations and deaths, there may be merit in anti-vaxxer anger at the findings.

Experts found that between a third and a half of people had not had the recommended number of Covid vaccinations and boosters by 1 June, 2022: almost 27 million people in England alone.

The study looking at the whole UK population warned that gaps in vaccine coverage drove 7,180 hospital admissions and deaths during the summer of 2022.

There has been a backlash on the social media:

For the sake of balance, let’s remind ourselves:

Source: Covid jabs could have prevented 7,180 summer hospital admissions and deaths, study shows | The Independent


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ONS consults on plan to axe data on people who die while homeless. Why hide it?

Frozen: These snow effigies of homeless people were created in 2018 to demonstrate that rough sleepers were freezing to death. Has anything changed since then?

Is this another Tory government bid to hide the effect of its policies on the people of the UK?

It seems the Office for National Statistics is consulting the public on whether to scrap its annual count of the number of people who die while they are homeless.

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Read the following – and the source article too, if you want more information – and then please take part in the consultation here. It is running until March 5 so please share it with your friends.

Official statistics counting the number of people who die while homeless in England and Wales could be axed despite frontline organisations warning rising homelessness means “now is not the time”.

The ONS count uses death certificates to ascertain whether someone died while homeless alongside modelling to produce an estimate. The most recent count, published in November 2022, found an estimated 741 people died in 2021.

“This proposal does not reflect our view on the seriousness of the issue of deaths of homeless people. However the current homeless deaths statistics have included major caveats around factors including time of death, the definition of homelessness and their alignment with statistics on the total number of homeless people,” an ONS spokesperson said.

“ONS is open to re-establishing these statistics in future, and would value users’ views on their relative importance compared to other health and social care statistics through the consultation currently running.”

The move has faced criticism from frontline homelessness organisations.

Balbir Kaur Chatrik, director of policy and communications at youth homelessness charity Centrepoint, said: “Of the more than 700 deaths in 2021, 31 were under 25, thirteen still teenagers. Youth homelessness has increased significantly since then and we’re worried even more lives will have been lost.

“Statistics alone won’t end homelessness – but without a solid evidence base it will be impossible to tell how far we have to go.”

Again: the ONS consultation on whether it should stop publishing information on people who die while homeless is here until March 5. Please take part and share the link.

Source: Anger as ONS plans to axe data on people who die while homeless


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Drug policy: are the Greens really the only adults in the room?

Candidate: it seems the Green Party has a serious candidate in the race to be mayor of London after an election this year.

It seems the campaign to elect a new mayor of London has more than two serious candidates this time.

Here’s Zoe Garbett of the Green Party, putting forward a policy to tackle rising drug-related deaths in the city:

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Are there any experts in preventing drug deaths reading this, who can explain whether her words make good sense? If not, what would?


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