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Wannabe health secretary’s words about the NHS have to be heard to be believed

Wes Streeting: for a Shadow Health Secretary, he has a strange attitude to health!

Wes Streeting, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, says the NHS is no longer the envy of the world – but won’t do anything to restore that position.

Instead, he is happy to allow the creeping privatisation that has de-funded the service to remain.

Not only that, but you should hear the health-related insult he has used to refer to Labour members who have been thrown out of the party.

Listen to it here:

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Welsh First Minister rages at ignorant Tory leader in the Senedd – over the NHS

Mark Drakeford: this is the only image This Site currently has of Wales’ First Minister.

This is what should happen across the UK, whenever a Conservative tries to take the moral high ground – especially on a subject as contentious as the National Health Service, which their party has been attacking for many years.

Welsh Tory leader Andrew RT Davies was trying to make a point about the National Health Service – and First Minister Mark Drakeford took exception to it in the most extreme way.

You can get the gist from this clip:

The moral of the story? If you are a Conservative: SHUT UP.

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‘Incompetent balloon’ Thérèse Coffey broke law to give ‘leftover’ antibiotics to a friend

Therese Coffey: she’s incompetent, she acts illegally, and she is a threat to public health. Yet she is the UK’s Health Secretary under similarly-incompetent Liz Truss. She should resign – but you know she won’t.

There should be no such thing as “leftover antibiotics”. The rule – the law, in fact – is that anybody prescribed them must always finish the course.

Otherwise, resistance builds up and the drug loses its efficacy.

Sadly, new Health Secretary Therese Coffey has already built up a large amount of resistance – to common sense and the rule of law.

According to The Guardian,

Coffey told civil servants in a meeting last month that she had given leftover antibiotics to a poorly friend, an admission that came as the discussion on how to alleviate pressures on struggling GPs moved on to public behaviour around antibiotics.

Coffey’s comments provoked despair and disbelief among medical professionals who fear that members of the public might reach the false conclusion that it is safe and lawful to share unused medicines because the secretary of state had done so. One doctor accused Coffey of “monumental stupidity”.

Not just stupidity but incompetence – and illegality:

It’s true:

“Sharing prescribed medications, particularly antibiotics, is not only potentially dangerous, but also against the law, and we would ask our health secretary to instead support us in encouraging good and safe prescribing practices,” said another doctor, Richard Van Mellaerts at the BMA.

But Coffey has compounded her crime by suggesting that pharmacies prescribe antibiotics without patients first being examined by their GP. The proposals have sparked concerns that antibiotics may be handed out more freely, leading to more drug-resistant bugs, and ultimately threatening patient health.

So there you have it. Therese Coffey is a law-breaking threat to the health of the nation. Where is her resignation?

Source: Thérèse Coffey criticised for giving leftover antibiotics to a friend | Health | The Guardian

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Therese Coffey: more reasons to despise the Tories

Take a look at this:

At a time when the National Health Service is in dire need of more nursing staff – but can’t recruit them because pay is too low and working conditions too poor – the government minister responsible for sorting out these problems is telling nurses to work elsewhere if they want to go on strike.

Therese Coffey may well be, as Maximilien Robespierre suggests, not only the most horrible person in the Conservative government but also the nastiest person in the UK, of any kind at all.

And that’s a high bar to clear!

Meanwhile, and in contrast, the Scottish Health Minister seems to be preparing to offering nurses there higher pay.

Coffey demonstrates no empathy for people in the UK. How did she ever manage to get elected? What did voters in Suffolk Coastal think they were getting?

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Therese Coffey made an idiot of herself on the morning media round

“I’m a member of the government. We have a government view. That view has yet to be established,” said Therese Coffey on the possibility of benefits being linked to inflation.

So the government doesn’t have a view, then?

What an absolute imbecile.

Told that refusing to link benefits with inflation is a de facto benefit cut, she started talking about taper rates rather than deal with the issue – indicating that a benefit cut is on the cards.

What a moron.

Those of you who like to play the Tory Party Drinking Game will enjoy her mention of “Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine,” also.

Here’s a clip – and it’s only the first:

Now let’s have a montage showing the deputy prime minister saying she doesn’t know what’s going on in her own government:

Pathetic.

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Kwarteng cuts £18 billion from the NHS and schools – to fund his tax cuts for the obscenely rich

The grinning Kwarteng: he’ll be smiling on the other side of his face when the roar of protest against his attack on our health and education reaches him.

Your health and your children’s education are to suffer in order to make the rich richer, Kwasi Kwarteng has confirmed.

He didn’t say it in quite that way, of course – but he has announced that public services will lose up to £18 billion per year – and that is a result of his decision to cut taxes for the rich.

He – and prime minister Liz Truss – has claimed the non-existent “trickle-down” effect means these fat cats will spend the extra money into the economy, making other people richer too.

But this is not true. Instead, the money will most likely go to tax havens while you suffer due to the loss.

Here’s what has been announced:

CHANCELLOR Kwasi Kwarteng has confirmed that public services face further cuts of up to £18 billion per year.

This comes following his dramatic U-turn on the 45p tax rate.

Budgets will not be topped up in order to take account of soaring inflation, the Chancellor said.

The move has been described by economic experts as one which is likely to have an “extraordinary” impact on the NHS and schools.

Last week, head of the IFS Paul Johnson said: “It is pretty extraordinary. There’s a real problem for schools and hospitals. It’s going to be a real squeeze.”

Paul Johnson isn’t the only one saying there are real problems. Already the social media are filling with outrage:

In terms of the NHS, it’s murder by proxy – if you think about it.

Truss and Kwarteng used the fear that you wouldn’t be able to heat your home as an excuse to bring in changes that mean you may not even be able to afford to live in it.

Then, mindful of the effect of these changes on your health, they are now imposing changes that mean the National Health Service will have to turn you away to die – after you spent years paying for it with your taxes.

Remember: health and education are your right; you have paid for them and the Tories have a contractual obligation to provide them – up to the highest standard.

Kwarteng should be reminded of this. It might make him grin on the other side of his face.

Source: Chancellor confirms cuts of up to £18bn for public services amid economic turmoil

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Someone tell Therese Coffey: two-week target to see GPs is in place ALREADY

Coffey and liquor: this is the Tory minister who reckons she’s going to get the NHS back on track.

This is more smoke and mirrors from the Liz Truss Tory government.

Health Secretary Therese Coffey has announced a plan to improve access to GPs, with a target for everyone making an appointment to be seen within two weeks.

But that is the target at the moment:

Note that the David Cameron Coalition government reduced the target to this from Labour’s earlier target of just two days, back in 2010.

It seems likely the move was intended to pre-empt an expected worsening of services when Andrew Lansley brought private, profit-making healty companies into the NHS in his bid to turn it into a cash cow for extremely wealthy shareholders.

No wonder GP leaders are saying the announcement will have “minimal impact”.

So let’s have one more tweet to sum up the situation:

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Will Liz Truss’s new policies appeal to target voters? Probably not!

The bank holiday weekend may be over, but this article is being produced in the period before everybody goes back to work – so I’m still putting up material that has interested me – and I hope it interests you. Make of it what you will:

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Why are NHS trusts being told to cancel treatment on the day of the Queen’s funeral?

Party girl: this is how Therese Coffey commemorated the removal of £1,040 per year from Universal Credit payments. As Health Secretary, is she partying in similar manner while appointments are cancelled because they are scheduled for the same day as the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II?

Vital hospital appointments and treatments are being cancelled by NHS trusts because they were due to take place on the day now scheduled for the funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth II.

This is hugely dangerous for the patients involved. Waiting lists are at record lengths. How long will it take for the appointments to be rescheduled?

(To give you a clue – and I know this is slightly different: Mrs Mike badly needed to have a tooth filled and the dentists offered her an appointment the following week, which required rescheduling of other events… or in December. Who knows how badly her tooth would have deteriorated by then?)

Here’s Maximilien Robespierre with a video clip:

And here‘s the Open Democracy article to which it refers. I’ve excerpted the following:

Some NHS trusts have said that all non-urgent procedures and clinic appointments will be postponed, including hip and knee replacements, cataract surgery, maternity checks and some cancer treatments.

Many patients had been waiting months for surgery – only to have it cancelled a week beforehand. In a letter to one patient, the NHS blamed “unforeseen circumstances”.

Doctors at one central London hospital trust were told: “The day of the State Funeral will be treated as a bank holiday so please go ahead and start rescheduling patients.”

It follows the announcement that the UK will have a bank holiday on September 19 to mark the Queen’s funeral. But government guidelines says: “There is no statutory entitlement to time off,” adding that this is “a matter for discussion between individuals and their employer”.

So it is clear that the decision has been made unilaterally by the NHS trusts involved and there is no reason at all for the treatments to have been cancelled and rescheduled.

This Writer looks forward to hearing the rationale from party-girl Health Secretary Therese Coffey. Is she still having the time of her life?

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Humanitarian crisis looms over energy price rises

NHS: will astronomical energy price rises create health problems – physical and mental – that could overwhelm the health service in the coming winter?

NHS leaders have warned that the rising cost of energy bills may trigger a humanitarian crisis that their organisation will be left to handle, if the government doesn’t do more to help.

The vertiginous rise in the price of energy may leave millions of people forced to choose between heating their homes and having enough food to eat – and this is likely to have consequences for their health, the NHS Confederation said.

Cold homes are already linked to 10,000 deaths per year; cold conditions can lead to a rise in respiratory conditions, and in older people can also increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes and falls.

This winter, those problems would increase the strain on the NHS, whose bosses are already expecting to have to cope with flu, norovirus and Covid outbreaks.

And there would also be a major impact on mental health and well-being.

The government has protested that it is taking action over energy prices and that it is supporting the NHS.

But the payments of £400 to households in England, Scotland and Wales, rising to £1,200 for the poorest, were announced before it was predicted that energy costs may rise to around £4,200 per year.

The government also said it was working with the NHS to make sure it can accommodate winter pressures, including increasing the number of hospital beds available and recruiting staff from foreign countries.

No further action is to be taken until the new prime minister – either Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss – is sworn in next month.

Considering the warning from the NHS Confederation, is the current offer too little? And will any extra help arrive too late?

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