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Is our water as polluted as we’re being led to believe?

Run-off: according to a Welsh Water representative, discharges into our rivers and the sea during storms are not nearly as dangerous as we’ve been led to believe.

Welsh Water have been having a conference about pollution at a venue here in Mid Wales, and one of that organisation’s representatives told me a very interesting snippet of information (in a pub, afterwards).

You’ll be aware that the Tory government passed a motion last year that allows water firms to discharge raw sewage into our waterways.

Well, this man said that while sewerage water is indeed discharged into the rivers during storms, it is always diluted to a point at which it is not considered harmful, under passes handed out by the Environment Agency.

And he suggested that this was validated when the Ironman Challenge tested the water at Tenby/Saundersfoot and said it was the cleanest they had found.

Whether this was true or not is hard for me to judge, though, because the man telling me all this turned out to be extremely gay and was trying (we think) to seduce me (even though I’m extremely not-gay). No, he didn’t get anywhere! In classic journalistic tradition, I made my excuses and left.

I checked the Ironman website and Saundersfoot didn’t seem to have anyone swimming through it; the bike ride went through there.

And even if it is clean, this is just one water company. What about all the others?

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

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People are asking, ‘Where’s Yulia?’ But does it matter?

Yulia Skripal with family cat Nash van Drake, who the UK authorities allowed to die for reasons that have not been clarified.

Yulia Skripal has been discharged from hospital, according to doctors there – but we don’t know where she has gone.

Channel 4 News has said the Russian embassy has accused British officials of “isolating” Ms Skripal, the daughter of the former spy who was targeted in the Salisbury poison gas attack, and “concealing important evidence”.

The report stated: “The 33-year-old Russian national was discharged from hospital [on April 9] and taken to what’s described as a ‘secure location’. Medical staff said she had asked for privacy, stressing it was not the end of her treatment, but ‘marked a significant milestone’.”

Does it really matter where she has gone?

And does it really matter what evidence she has?

If Ms Skripal were to discuss the events which led to her hospitalisation, it doesn’t matter what she would say; half the people listening would not believe it.

If she supported the UK government’s story (or stories, because there are many and they all seem to contradict each other), then the Russians wouldn’t believe her.

If she supported Russia’s claims, the UK government wouldn’t believe her.

Better for her to keep her head down.

The evidence that matters is held by the medical staff who treated her at Salisbury District Hospital. We can work out what happened to her from the treatment she received.

But it is understood that staff are being monitored – intimidated, really – by UK security services.

There remains the fact that Ms Skripal is a citizen of Russia – not the UK.

That will be a matter for diplomats to sort out.

What a shame. Diplomacy is in short supply at the moment.


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Vox Political readers overwhelmingly reject plan to send NHS patients to private hospitals

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The results are in – and they could not be more decisive.

Yesterday (November 26), This Writer reported on a plan to send NHS patients in England to private hospitals for operations. I pointed out that the NHS currently spends £600 million a year correcting botched private operations and questioned the wisdom of paying private capital, possibly to drain even more money from the public service through incompetence.

Then I asked two questions: Is it safe to hand NHS operations over to private health companies? and Is it safe to discharge patients from hospital early, in order to free up beds?

After nearly 26 hours, the results are beyond question.

No less than 97.14 per cent of respondents – 714 of you – rejected the plan for private health to carry out operations. Only 12 people – 1.56 per cent of respondents – thought it would be safe.

And 95.35 per cent of respondents – 615 of you – said patients should not be discharged early. Just seven people – 1.08 per cent of respondents – thought sending patients home early would be safe.

I should add that, while the results are not scientific in that the respondents are not known to be a representative sample of UK citizens, efforts were made to publicise the poll to people with a wide range of political views.

Considering the emphatic nature of the response, This Writer will communicate it to the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt. It will be interesting to see how he justifies a policy that has hardly any support at all among the public.

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POLL: Is it safe to hand NHS operations over to private healthcare?

NHS bosses have told hospitals to pass some scheduled surgery to the private sector, it has been reported [Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA].

NHS bosses have told hospitals to pass some scheduled surgery to the private sector, it has been reported [Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA].

I think this is the stupidest idea yet, in a long list of boneheaded ideas that Tories have had about the National Health Service in England. I suspect Jeremy Hunt is behind it.

(It has to be a Tory idea, doesn’t it? No NHS professional in their right mind would make such a suggestion? Or do you know otherwise? If so, please name names in the comment column.)

It is only a matter of days since This Writer pointed out that the National Health Service takes 6,000 patients per year from private hospitals, in order to put right botched operations.

The cost of this corrective surgery is £100,000 each time, meaning the public purse is paying £600 million every year to put right botched private operations.

And we’re told the NHS will pay private providers – handsomely – for what may be a wholly sub-standard service.

Only yesterday, a good friend of mine told me about a relative of his who had a hysterectomy at a private hospital – because the waiting list for it on the NHS was too long.

She started complaining of pain immediately after the operation and was eventually admitted to an NHS hospital for an emergency corrective operation – in which doctors found a rolled-up cloth had been left in her abdomen.

If that is the kind of treatment a paying patient can expect from private healthcare, what can NHS patients expect?

Not only that, but we’re being told that thousands of patients will be discharged to relieve the demand for hospital beds; this clearly indicates that they will be sent home too soon.

If I were one of the patients affected, or a member of their family, I would want to see the evidence supporting any such discharge. What support will be in place for them after they are removed from the hospital setting and how quickly can they expect help if complications arise?

There seems to be no information about that.

So it is time for another couple of POLLS!

Here’s the first:

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And here’s the second:

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I’ll publish the initial results in 24 hours’ time – around 2pm on November 27.

Hospitals have been told to discharge thousands of patients and pass some scheduled surgery to private organisations to reduce pressure ahead of a potential winter crisis, it was reported.Leaked memos also revealed that managers have been banned from declaring black alerts, the highest level, when hospital services are unable to cope with demand, the Daily Telegraph said.

The newspaper claimed instructions were sent by NHS England and the regulator NHS Improvement last month to reduce the levels of bed occupancy in hospitals, which are the most crowded they have ever been ahead of winter.

In the three months to the end of September, 89.1% of acute and general beds were full, compared with 87% last year, prompting the order for hospital trusts to take the drastic measures.

The goal is to reduce occupancy levels down to the recommended safe limit of 85% from December 19 to January 16, the Telegraph said.

Source: Send patients to private sector to avert winter crisis, hospitals told | Society | The Guardian

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