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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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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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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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Is this what Coffey wants the NHS to be? Volunteers and chemists rather than doctors?

Now we see how Therese Coffey expects to get GPs to see patients within the two-week deadline she claims to have set (but was in fact set by a prior health secretary): work will be taken by volunteers and by chemists.

The problem is clearly the lack of staff. Is this because of Brexit?

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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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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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Tories in trouble as voters identify issues they’re ignoring as reasons to vote them out

Sunak and Truss: whoever wins the race to become prime minister will not be smiling when they have to deal with the issues that might force their government out of office – and they realise they have no answers.

Oh dear, oh dear: the Conservative Party is facing electoral collapse after people who voted Tory in 2019 identified the issues the next prime minister should tackle – and they’re mostly issues that party wants to ignore.

According to a Daily Express article, these include:

  • Inflation
  • The cost of living/energy bills
  • Delays in treatment by the National Health Service

Neither Liz Truss nor Rishi Sunak have shown much interest in any of these – having to be dragged into discussing the topics.

The only issue discussed by the voters the newspaper polled, in which the Conservatives have shown any interest, is immigration – a fake issue created by the Tory government as part of its ongoing “divide and rule” policy of presenting us all with an enemy to hate.

Sadly, they seem to have fooled a large number of people with it.

Whoever takes up the – some would say poisoned – chalice of the premiership in September, they will have to address these problems as a matter of urgency, or face the prospect of losing all the Parliamentary seats Boris Johnson won in 2019. That is a career-ending prospect.

Source: Furious Tory voters reveal key issues as party risks losing next general election

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Truss would divert NHS funds to social care as hospitals stop routine Covid tests. Foolhardy?

Truss: open mouth, insert foot.

Tory leader candidate Liz Truss would divert £13 billion earmarked for the NHS to social care, to catch up on delayed Covid treatment there.

Is that a good idea? It’s certainly populist. But isn’t diverting funds away from the NHS when routine asymptomatic Covid testing is about to end – and the disease has this summer caused almost twice as many deaths as last summer – extremely foolhardy?

Nobody expects the ending of tests to last because a surge of new Covid cases is expected in the autumn. But the decision to end asymptomatic testing has alarmed health experts who have cautioned against dismantling the surveillance of Covid while cases remain high.

As it is, the chief executive of health think tank the King’s Fund has said handing the money to social care is “robbing Peter to pay Paul”.

Richard Murray said it was “not a sustainable solution to the health and care crisis”.

In any case, it is unlikely that the money will actually materialise.

It is supposed to come from increased National Insurance contributions announced under Boris Johnson last year – but Truss wants to scrap the rise and find the cash from the general tax take (which is a contradiction in terms; public funding and taxation doesn’t work like that).

So as the NHS faces its worst winter crisis yet, the front-runner to be the new prime minister wants to take the imaginary money that was going to help it, and let it do its nonexistent good in social care. LUNACY!

Source: Liz Truss plan to divert NHS funds to social care is ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul’

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How is the PM candidate who wanted to slash doctors’ pay by 10% going to stop them quitting?

Liz Truss: does she want to help NHS doctors – or harm them?

Liz Truss reckons she’s going to stop doctors from leaving the NHS – a far cry from her plan in 2009 when she wanted to cut their pay by 10 per cent, a sure-fire way to send them packing.

The Tory leadership candidate reckons she will change conditions relating to doctors’ lifetime pension cap – the amount they can save into a pension tax-free.

Once they hit that cap – currently frozen at £1 million until 2026 by Rishi Sunak – they face costly tax bills in they continue working full-time. So a recent poll showed that nearly seven in 10 surgeons had reduced their workload as a result.

Doctors cannot opt out of paying into their pensions, even after hitting the cap – hence the problem of high tax bills if they continue working full-time.

One wonders how many doctors would be wooed by Truss’s plan if it was put into practice in tandem with her 2009 plan to cut doctors’ pay by 10 per cent.

She avoided answering a question about this – by attacking the BBC – during an interview conducted by Alastair Stewart on GB News.

He mistakenly said the report in which she made the suggestion – for the think tank Reform – had been published in 2019.

Truss corrected him, then said: “I always thought you had high-quality standards at GB News… It’s not the BBC, you actually get your facts right.”

That sideswipe drew a wave of laughter and allowed her to avoid what could have been a difficult question.

But here’s a question that deserves an answer: if Liz Truss was prepared to do the dirty on doctors in 2009, how can we expect her to do right by them now?

Source: Liz Truss: I’ll halt NHS doctor exodus

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