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PETER HITCHENS: Have five weeks of mad lockdown panic actually done us good?  | Daily Mail Online

Posted by M. C. on April 20, 2020

Some police officers have also acted with shocking arrogance, and appeared to enjoy it. The harm done by this behaviour may never be repaired.

I pointed out that we also needed to care about the deaths which experts, such as Germany’s Professor Sucharit Bhakdi, repeatedly warned would come from closing down both social life and economic activity for any length of time. It was not life versus money. It was life versus life.

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-8233479/PETER-HITCHENS-five-weeks-mad-lockdown-panic-actually-good.html

By Peter Hitchens for The Mail on Sunday

I find it incredible that it is now five weeks since I wrote here: ‘We have gone quite mad. I know that many people are thinking this, but dare not say so. I will be accused of all kinds of terrible things for taking this view – but that is another aspect of how crazy things are.’

I said we had got our policy on Covid-19 out of proportion.

I said the worst effect of the Government’s behaviour was to savage the economy by scaring people away from normal activities.

Calm, reasoned responses are almost always better than frantic, panicking ones. A police officer is pictured above speaking to a man relaxing on Brighton beach amid the lockdown

Calm, reasoned responses are almost always better than frantic, panicking ones. A police officer is pictured above speaking to a man relaxing on Brighton beach amid the lockdown

 

It was only a week later I realised that there was also a grave threat to personal liberty, and raised that alarm too.

I recall these words because you will all by now have noticed they stand up well to the test of time.

The report from the Office for Budget Responsibility has made clear that the damage done by crashing the economy is deep and dangerous. It may last for many years. And much of it was avoidable.

Some police officers have also acted with shocking arrogance, and appeared to enjoy it. The harm done by this behaviour may never be repaired.

I suspect that many of you know this in detail.

The pain is spreading fast in the form of strangled business, often small enterprises built on brave risk-taking and mortgaged homes. Many are now sinking into bankruptcy – not because they failed, but because the Government’s policy killed them.

Then there are the vanishing jobs, the wage cuts which many are already experiencing, and which more face with every day that this shutdown continues.

The NHS has a huge number of empty beds for the time of year. The mortality figures show a confused picture, not least because it is not clear how the authorities decide who is and who is not recorded as a Covid-19 death. A mural is pictured above in Liverpool

The NHS has a huge number of empty beds for the time of year. The mortality figures show a confused picture, not least because it is not clear how the authorities decide who is and who is not recorded as a Covid-19 death. A mural is pictured above in Liverpool

It really is time that the Cabinet took responsibility for at least limiting this damage. I for one will not jeer at them for doing so. When you make a mistake, as we all do, the test is what you do to put it right.

I was accused when I warned of this of not caring about deaths from Covid-19.

This was false. In fact it poisoned the wells of debate.

I have never doubted the good intentions of those who supported the Government’s policy, I just thought they were mistaken and counter-productive.

I pointed out that we also needed to care about the deaths which experts, such as Germany’s Professor Sucharit Bhakdi, repeatedly warned would come from closing down both social life and economic activity for any length of time. It was not life versus money. It was life versus life.

My warnings would have been fainter (though not wrong) if the Government’s policy had been successful. But has it been? I would say not so far.

Yes, the virus has killed a significant number of people, but the expected mass onslaught of deaths has not arrived. The NHS has a huge number of empty beds for the time of year. The mortality figures show a confused picture, not least because it is not clear how the authorities decide who is and who is not recorded as a Covid-19 death.

The unprecedented, sweeping decision to put the healthy in quarantine has gravely affected society.

But did it lead to a laxness on detailed policy decisions, on the provision of personal protection equipment to doctors and nurses, and on the care homes whose treatment looks to me like a major scandal?

The evidence from Stockholm, which has so far pursued a rational, proportionate, limited policy, still suggests that Sweden will emerge from this less damaged by far than we will.

Calm, reasoned responses are almost always better than frantic, panicking ones. What we are doing isn’t working on any terms. It is time we tried something else.

A question of dodgy justice

I could never stand the quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

The questions were either insultingly easy or demanded a profound knowledge of soap operas or sport, which I don’t want to know about. And it was so slow.

So I paid little attention to the ‘Coughing Major’ case, and merely thought it funny.

Now, thanks to the dramatisation of the episode in the ITV series Quiz last week, I have totally changed my mind.

I don’t know if Major Charles Ingram and his wife Diana were guilty of cheating their way to a million-pound prize.

But if the drama was even vaguely true, I don’t believe the case against them was proved beyond reasonable doubt, which is what the law demands. I also have a nagging feeling that the police have better things to do than investigate quiz shows.

The questions were either insultingly easy or demanded a profound knowledge of soap operas or sport, which I don’t want to know about. And it was so slow. So I paid little attention to the ‘Coughing Major’ case, and merely thought it funny. Now, thanks to the dramatisation of the episode in the ITV series Quiz last week, above, I have totally changed my mind

The questions were either insultingly easy or demanded a profound knowledge of soap operas or sport, which I don’t want to know about. And it was so slow. So I paid little attention to the ‘Coughing Major’ case, and merely thought it funny. Now, thanks to the dramatisation of the episode in the ITV series Quiz last week, above, I have totally changed my mind

 

It is odd how many times you find that what you thought was clear and beyond dispute is not, as soon as you know the details.

I discovered this when I read Josephine Tey’s marvellous novel The Daughter Of Time, in which a Scotland Yard detective, stuck in hospital with injuries suffered while pursuing a criminal, investigates the claim that Richard III murdered the Princes in the Tower. And lo, it turns out that he didn’t.

The dangerous, greedy campaign to legalise marijuana now has powerful allies on all sides of politics.

In my view, it has never been closer to success here, and the pressing need to raise new taxes may bring that day even closer.

Well, before they fall into this trap, MPs and Ministers should listen to Professor Sir Robin Murray, one of this country’s most distinguished psychiatrists who had until recently favoured limited legalisation.

But now that he has seen how this has actually worked out in North America, he has absolutely changed his mind. Not only is he sure that the drug’s use is linked with mental illness, he now says: ‘I didn’t appreciate how big the cannabis industry was going to be.’

He compares Big Cannabis with the death-dealing Big Tobacco lobby which cynically used its wealth to defy health campaigners for many decades.

He now fears that this ultra-rich pressure group will seduce our cash-strapped Government into giving way.

At any other time, Prof Murray’s intervention would have been big news. Don’t let it be forgotten.

How dare they steal our flag

The awful Blair creature thought he was a British Bill Clinton – more President than Prime Minister. He marked his arrival in Downing Street in 1997 by staging a fake celebration with Labour Party workers waving Union Jacks, a flag they despised

The awful Blair creature thought he was a British Bill Clinton – more President than Prime Minister. He marked his arrival in Downing Street in 1997 by staging a fake celebration with Labour Party workers waving Union Jacks, a flag they despised

The awful Blair creature thought he was a British Bill Clinton – more President than Prime Minister.

He marked his arrival in Downing Street in 1997 by staging a fake celebration with Labour Party workers waving Union Jacks, a flag they despised.

Even the Blairites became embarrassed about how much they were trespassing on Royal territory.

When I found out in 1998 that Blair’s wife, Cherie Booth, had used the Royal Train, his spin machine used all its wiles to bury the story, and nearly succeeded.

Blair also used to love posing with soldiers, during the many wars he dragged us into.

I suspect it was he who introduced the habit of holding Government press conferences in front of the national flag.

It is a bad idea, whoever does it. The government of the day does not stand for the whole nation.

The Queen stands for the nation. The government is temporary, party political and made up of ambitious careerists.

There’s nothing unpatriotic about not agreeing with the present Cabinet. So I object strongly to them appropriating the national flag as a backdrop during the daily Covid-19 briefings. It’s not theirs to use

There’s nothing unpatriotic about not agreeing with the present Cabinet. So I object strongly to them appropriating the national flag as a backdrop during the daily Covid-19 briefings. It’s not theirs to use

There’s nothing unpatriotic about not agreeing with the present Cabinet.

So I object strongly to them appropriating the national flag as a backdrop during the daily Covid-19 briefings. It’s not theirs to use.

I don’t much like the 1984-style slogans, either, but I really do think this fake-American presidential posing is wrong and annoying. They should stop it.

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Everything you know about Europe is wrong – UnHerd

Posted by M. C. on January 23, 2020

https://unherd.com/2020/01/both-brexiteers-and-remainers-know-nothing-about-europe/

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The apocryphal newspaper headline — “fog in the channel, continent isolated” — famously said something about the British mindset. It’s hardly surprising that we are insular — we are literally an island after all — but this insularity is something that curiously crosses all barriers in British social and political life, whether of Left or Right, middle or working class, and on almost every issue.

This is true even for British liberals who, reeling since the night of 23 June, 2016, have made the continent a sort of spiritual home as they’ve become alienated from their countrymen.

Right-thinking Britons see their country as an embarrassment sliding towards populism, a sad contrast to the moral superpower that is Germany and France under centrist leader Emmanuel Macron. Yet the Continent of the Anglo liberal imagination is as unreal as the supposed nostalgic Britain of yesteryear loved by Leavers.

 

Italy

Britain, many people fear, is moving away from the European dream and towards fascism. It’s such an established meme that even the most recent BBC Agatha Christie adaptation was a thinly-veiled analogy about 1930s fascism and Brexit.

Yet people keep on coming to this Nazi hellhole, with the fabled “Brexodus” of migrants leaving the country actually seeing an extra 212,000 people arriving last year, and with record numbers of foreign students, too.

The fascist Brexit Britain theory is held among a minority of Remainers because they’re measuring the country by a theoretical ideal rather than comparing it to other — real — countries. So while the hate crime “surge” following the referendum mostly involved very minor incidents, Italy saw a number of openly racist murders during the late 2010s.

Whether they’re connected or not, Italy has also had a populist Right-wing government in power for most of the past four years, and the Lega may well return — at around 33% in the polls, it is by some distance the most popular party. Italian politics has been, as long as anyone can remember, chaotic and unstable, which makes me wonder if Mary Beard’s Italian colleagues who make her feel “embarrassed” about Brexit have been paying attention to their own country.

 

France

A central theme of fascism is a love of violence against ideological opponents, and so a visitor from outer space with a vague understanding of our human political philosophy would probably conclude that there was only one fascist state in the EU — France, where the brutality of the police is on a scale that would be unfathomable in England.

Among the recent victims of the gleefully violent French police is a teenager who lost an eye in Strasbourg and an elderly woman in Marseilles who died from her injuries after being hit by a rubber bullet. Just this month prosecutors launched a probe after a video appeared to show a policeman firing point-blank at protestors with a riot control gun.

France is quite far down from Britain in the Freedom International rating, and treats minorities like Roma in a way that would do more than embarrass liberal Brits.

Right-wingers often complain that the horrific behaviour of the French police towards the gilets jaunes has received scant coverage in the BBC; certainly if Hungary or Poland treated their citizens like that, I’m pretty sure it would be on our news more. But then France has always been a politically violent country.

The last mass murder of protesters in England occurred in 1819, when 18 people were killed by authorities in Manchester; in France police in Paris killed up to three hundred unarmed protesters in 1961.

Had anything even vaguely comparable happened during the US Civil Rights era it would have been the subject of about 500 films and even my children in an English primary school would now be learning about it now. But then Anglo liberals are fascinated with the Anglo world; not so much by the continent.

France is different to England, in some ways far more traditional; for example, the same-sex marriage campaign there was opposed by enormous protests, while, like many continental countries, it has a 12-week limit for abortion, when even talk of a 20 weeks-limit would have the Anglo commentariat dressing up in those Handmaid’s Tale outfits.

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Maternal Care Scandal in Britain’s NHS Reveals Human Costs of Socialised Medicine | Mises Wire

Posted by M. C. on November 26, 2019

It is certainly tempting to believe that these terrible cases are an aberration, confined to just one or two hospitals, and based on the random mistakes of just a handful of individuals. However, the truth is that negligence and poor performance like this are a systemic problem rooted in the economic nature of government-run industries, and the perverse incentives they face.

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…In a sense, it is hardly surprising that so little attention has been paid to real world examples of universal healthcare, such as Britain’s National Health Service, given the histories of underperformance, scandal, and perpetual crisis associated with many such systems…

A new page was added to this troubled history by the recent revelation, courtesy of a leaked internal report, of what is being called the worst maternity scandal in the history of Britain’s NHS. The report revealed that, in a single NHS trust over the period 1979–2017, unchecked clinical malpractice and neglect by doctors, midwives, and hospital bosses led to the avoidable deaths of at least 42 babies and three mothers, while 50 more children suffered permanent brain damage as a result of being deprived of oxygen during birth. The report also identifies 47 other cases of substandard care. These are only the preliminary findings from a set of 600 cases currently under investigation, with most of those cases still awaiting assessment, so the final numbers can be expected to be higher.

Although these cases occurred over a 38 year time period, it is worth bearing in mind that these are the findings from just one of the 470 NHS trusts, the subsidiary administrative units that oversee NHS operations in a particular geographical area or specialised function. The report examined cases only from the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, which consists of just two hospitals, one maternity unit, and one community clinic.

Senior NHS sources are already calling this the worst maternity scandal in the history of the NHS, a title which had previously belonged to the Morecambe Bay scandal. That previous scandal, which came to light only four years ago, revealed the avoidable deaths of 11 babies and one mother between 2004–2013, in a single NHS hospital.

It is certainly tempting to believe that these terrible cases are an aberration, confined to just one or two hospitals, and based on the random mistakes of just a handful of individuals. However, the truth is that negligence and poor performance like this are a systemic problem rooted in the economic nature of government-run industries, and the perverse incentives they face.

If a government begins providing a given service free at the point of use, this will tend to crowd out private provision of that service, even if private provision is not outright banned, as politicians such as Elizabeth Warren have advocated banning private health insurance in the US. In Britain, for example, even though private health insurance is entirely legal, only around 10.5% of the population actually engage with the private insurance market at all. This is partly due to governments’ unique ability to divert huge quantities of real resources toward themselves using the non-voluntary methods of taxation and fiduciary media creation, which precludes those resources from being used by private providers in a way which might have more fully satisfied consumer preferences…

Another economic problem inseparable from government provision of services free at the point of use is its removal of incentives to prioritise the desires and well-being of the customer. Some readers might be skeptical that this problem would apply to healthcare: sure, removing profit, loss and payment by customers in an ordinary business might diminish the ‘customer is king’ attitude, but surely healthcare workers feel morally bound to provide the best care possible, regardless of economic incentives?

Sadly however, healthcare workers are not immune from such economic forces, as was illustrated clearly by this recent NHS maternity scandal. Far from being a result of innocent mistakes and unfortunate circumstances, the leaked report points to negligence and a complete disregard for the well-being of patients as having caused many of the avoidable deaths. The report highlights a failure to monitor high-risk mothers and newborns, as well as a “chronic inability to learn from past mistakes”, and a general culture that is “toxic to improvement”. The report further points to “a distinct lack of kindness and respect” shown toward bereaved parents and families, with multiple examples of deceased babies being referred to by the wrong name, or described as “it”. In one particularly shocking case, the body of a deceased baby, after having received a post-mortem examination, was simply left to decompose “for a period of weeks”, to the point that the mother was unable to see her child for a final good-bye before burial.

This shocking indifference to patients and hostility to improvement is an inescapable consequence of the economic incentives introduced when government crowds out competition and provides services free at the point of use. It remains to be seen whether American voters will lend their support to the nationalisation of healthcare that their politicians are increasingly advocating. However, if such a policy is pursued, the voting public should not be under the illusion that the final outcome will be as simple and benevolent as they are being told.

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Has NHS failure become the new norm? A short-sighted “boom ...

 

 

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Is Equality Corrupted in the UK?

Posted by M. C. on October 21, 2019

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NHS and UK government is ploughing money into studying ethnic groups in England for healthcare purposes.

This post has come about by mistake…I had intended to just get my flu jab. Whilst I was driving into the clinic, a man bounced out in front of the car, onto the road in front of me. Of course, I slowed down to avoid running him over.

I glared at him from the car whilst shaking my head, smiling at him as if to say, ‘what are you like?’ He turned and gave me a look that I can only describe as ‘so fucking what? I’ll do what I like.’ I had been expecting an apologetic face which he should have been wearing for making me slam on the breaks to save his dumb arse.

Driving on, I arrived at the GP surgery and park up. I’m a little shaken but okay. It is around ten steps into the surgery, I take my stick and trundle into the building. This has taken me a few minutes. I’m stood in reception, there is no staff on the desk, no signs of where to go, nothing telling me what to do.

Then the same young man glides past me and with a slight smile heads through a door towards the corridor which leads to the consulting rooms. I decide to follow. As I arrive at the corridor I can see the reception staff who are milling around and the young man sits down next to others waiting on a chairs. There are no other spare chairs.

There are around eight people sat in a row and as I watch the receptionist look at the man and she nods at him to go in. I ask her where the flu clinic is and she tells me I’m in it and to take a seat…

Now I am annoyed,  I feel this man has jumped the queue and is very rude. I had arrived in the building first…I let it go as there is nothing else I can do. This man looks south Asian so who am I to question if he knows the rules to queuing and being polite? Trying to brush it off, I smile and chat with the others whilst I wait and am soon called in. I get the old jab in the old arm. All good and I leave, still a little annoyed but covering it well.

I’m happy that I have the jab. The NHS flu jab is only given to the most vulnerable, old and sick so I was pleased to have qualified again. I’ve been able to get one for the last five years, apart from last year. Last year it was refused as my notes weren’t over from my old GP. The new GP refused to believe I had lung and heart disease for months until I found and took down the paperwork to prove it.

After the clinic, I went onto to my next chore of collecting a prescription I had dropped in earlier in the week at Sainsbury’s – they have a Lloyds pharmacy at my local. This involves more organisation and a lot of effort on my part. After parking, getting the wheelchair together and getting myself across the store I am shattered. I’m not in the mood to be given bad news.

Saturday mornings are busy in supermarkets. It’s a hassle. Chemists don’t have to deliver medications so they don’t. Basically if I want my medication I have to go and physically get it regardless of how sick I am. Which I do – I’m just telling you as many people seem to believe everything floats to me on a disabled accessibility cloud.

At the counter in the middle of the supermarket, I’m told by the chemist, who insisted on talking quietly to me from the other side of the counter and asking me to speak up, that I can only collect half of the prescription. I sat there in the supermarket and cried out of frustration for a few minutes.

The lady behind the counter then becomes quite sweet and finds me a tissue, she explained that my GP hadn’t put the dosage on the script, it would be sorted out for next time she promised. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve heard these same words. Also hinted at future delivery option too, faith a little restored.

Once home, in anger and frustration, I research my GP surgery. I’m looking for a complaints section on their website. This is not the first time they have been rather mean to me or we’ll just say they make continual mistakes in my care which are frustrating and sometimes bordering on dangerous.

It was easy to find them online. Distracted I searched through their special clinics where I found a some treatment programs listed. I got mighty upset….I have lifted the text directly from my GP surgeries site in Watford, Herts and show it here:

East London Genes and Health

South Asian people have some of the highest rates of heart disease, diabetes, and poor health in the UK. Living with a long term illness has a major impact on a person’s quality of life and on their family.

East London Genes and Health is a medical research study set up to help fight against these and other major diseases.

The primary objective of the research is to investigate and understand why some individuals have a disease and help suggest how new medicines and treatments might be developed.

*If this were actually true maybe I would applaud it however it isn’t.

This East London Genes and Health program intrigued me. It sent me on another little research mission and I could find no evidence to support what this program is saying.

In fact poor health, heart disease and diabetes are just as likely to strike a black or white person as an Asian person. Bad health affects all peoples equally. It is wrong that funding is going towards such a program and for so long too.

It is wrong that certain ethnicity’s in the UK are given preferential treatment and care.

It should probably also be noted that the ethnic group ‘South Asian’ is rather large. It covers a huge amount of countries so it isn’t about a control group for easy study. Here is what wiki says about the ethnicity of this group and where they could originate.

“South Asian ethnic groups are a composition of the diverse population of South Asia, including the nations of India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka.”

I look into this quite heavily for a few hours and I suggest if you do the same you will find the same – incidences of heart disease, diabetes and lung disease are not specific to race. However the NHS funnels monies into programs for this reason.

If this was a study of white people to make sure they were getting proper healthcare within the NHS it would be certainly classed as racist and as such this program of study and entitlement to medicines on ethnicity is racist.

The program does get it’s funding from several sources but its still for spurious reasons.

https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/426163v1

This outlines the study itself the cohort profile of the East London genes and health program. It gains its evidence for the program from this article,

https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/83958158.pdf

The study does show that they looked at samples of a million patients of the NHS but the UK has many millions of patients… The result of the study are on page five. Again, I will say there really is very little evidence to support continual funding of special treatments and care for these individuals.

So is the nhs is being racist towards non south asians? 

As many of the doctors and the chemists in my local area fall into this particular ethnic bracket it is considerably worrying as to how easy it is to prefer treatment to people they feel more obliged to through this program.

Also the changes in benefits rely heavily on your GP filling out the correct forms if you are poorly, if white people and black people are considered ‘stronger’ what does this mean regarding to how they are viewed by their south Asian doctors?

We must stop testing ‘groups’ of people…especially with NHS monies..surely this should be a private study funded purely by those involved?

Racism is a term used to describe when a certain set of peoples are not given the same services and use of facilities as others.

So I have some questions.

Where is independent scientific evidence to support that south Asians need more care?

How did they get funding?

How much money have they had?

What is the involvement of the doctors and why?

How many patients are currently in study?

How many patients have gained benefit through this scheme?

What has been gained?

Who will benefit from the overall research?

Will medicines which have been researched through this program be available to others of non south Asian descent?

This is divide and conquer theory at it’s best but that doesn’t excuse it. Now at fifty years old I am starting to realise that my tolerance for others was never met…this is a very sad state of affairs.

If I feel like this, I can only imagine how others feel watching their loved ones go untreated whilst wondering why others somehow seem to fly to the start of the queue.

Thanks for reading. Any questions and comments always welcome.

 

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Government drops doctor who says gender given at birth

Posted by M. C. on July 17, 2019

This is the system US progressives hold in high esteem and want to copy for US.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/08/government-drops-doctor-says-gender-given-birth/

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A doctor has been “sacked” as a medical assessor for a government department after refusing to renounce his Christian belief that gender is determined at birth, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal.

Dr David Mackereth has worked for 26 years as an NHS doctor but was told he could not be employed as a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) disability assessor if he refused to identify patients as being of a sex that they did not see themselves as.

The 55-year-old father of four believes sex is genetic and biological, so established at birth.

He now claims his right to freedom of speech has been denied and he has been classed “unfit” to work for the department because of his religious convictions.

And, the medic from Dudley in the West Midlands fears many other professional people of faith could also be dismissed simply for holding opinions about gender that are “centuries old”…

However, when his instructor stated that reports must only refer to the patient – or “client” – by the sex that person identified themselves as, a discussion took place among the medics about the “fluid” nature of gender, Dr Mackereth claims.

“I said that I had a problem with this. I believe that gender is defined by biology and genetics. And that as a Christian the Bible teaches us that God made humans male or female. I could have kept my mouth shut. But, it was the right time to raise it.

“The tutor took me aside and said he had passed my comments up the chain to the DWP.”

Dr Mackereth then received an email from Advanced Personnel Management (APM), the agency that employed him and would have hired him out to the DWP.

Stephen Crabb, the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Stephen Crabb, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Credit: LNP/REX/Shutterstock

They explained he could undergo training about the department’s policy, but the DWP had consulted lawyers and was adamant that any report or contact with clients should refer to them in their chosen sex otherwise it “could be considered to be harassment as defined by the 2010 Equality Act”.

 

The doctor replied that “in good conscience” he could not conform to those demands, and so the contract was terminated between them.

He said: “Firstly, we are not allowed to say what we believe. Secondly, as my case shows, we are not allowed to think what we believe. Finally, we are not allowed to defend what we believe…

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Why the UK Suddenly Is Suffering from a Physician Shortage

Posted by M. C. on June 2, 2019

Doctors respond to these perverse incentives the same way many rational actors would: by closing up shop.

Imagine Sanders and Occasional-Cortex having their wish come true and running US healthcare.

https://fee.org/articles/why-the-uk-suddenly-is-suffering-from-a-physician-shortage/

A UK tax policy intended to soak the rich has caused highly specialized physicians and surgeons to retire early, depriving more than a million citizens of their services. A new report details the extent to which progressive taxation has harmed British patients.

The NHS is in a state of perpetual crisis characterized by doctor shortages, long wait times, and rationing. The UK lost 441 general practitioners last year and had 11,576 unfilled vacancies for doctors as of last June.

Closing up Shop

But in the last six years, 585 surgical practices have closed down, affecting 1.9 million patients. Last year alone, 138 surgery facilities closed their doors, up from 18 in 2013.

What changed during that time? The Daily Mail explains:

The [British Medical Association] has warned that growing numbers of GPs and consultants are taking early retirement or cutting back on work to avoid hefty pensions taxes which make it uneconomic to continue practising. Retiring GPs often create a domino effect by leaving remaining colleagues with more work, who in turn become demoralised and quit.

The problem has been compounded by the fact that more doctors are now working part-time.

Some members of UK society dismiss anything published in the Daily Mail. However, more socially prestigious outlets confirmed that analysis:

An investigation [in March] by the Financial Times found widespread evidence of consultants refusing to take on extra work to clear patient backlogs fearing extra pay would bust tax allowances on their pensions contributions, triggering five-figure tax bills. …

[T]he Department of Health conceded that around 3,500 consultants and GPs had retired early over the past three years due to pension tax charges.

The Consequences of Manipulating the Market

The NHS pension system is a Byzantine labyrinth of rules and regulations impossible for most people to navigate. These two videos (see below) explain the problem.

In brief: NHS doctors have no choice about whether, or how much, to contribute to their public pension. Physicians must contribute up to 14.5 percent of procedures deemed “pensionable pay.”

Citizens may also have a private pension plan. But since deposits are tax-deferred, the government slashed the annual limit on contributions from £255,000 in 2010-2011 to £40,000 in 2014-2015. There is also a lifetime pension limit of £1,055,000.

To further complicate matters, a penalty kicks in on anyone earning an “adjusted income” of £150,000 annually—but that amount includes earnings and any growth in the pension plan (which is impossible to foresee).

That can cause doctors to exceed government-mandated caps and see their income taxed at 40 to 45 percent. In some cases, they end up paying the NHS to work…

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tax crime

Change that to ANY TAX.

 

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‘Grave Concerns’ – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on June 1, 2019

Assange is in the land of the worshiped NHS.

There should be no excuse for complete recovery. Unless he has contracted cancer or some such while in the Ecuadorian embassy.

Or unless death while in custody is the plan. That would be very convenient.

But would the torture be forgotten?

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2019/06/no_author/grave-concerns/

RT News

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been moved to the hospital wing of the Belmarsh prison in the UK, prompting concerns about his health pending the hearing on his extradition to the US.

Assange’s health had already “significantly deteriorated” during the nearly seven years he spent inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and has continued to get worse over the seven weeks he has spent in Belmarsh, WikiLeaks said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The decision of prison authorities to move him to the health ward speaks for itself,” said WikiLeaks, adding that Assange has lost a lot of weight and was barely able to speak to his Swedish lawyer last week…

Be seeing you

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Delingpole: Never Mind ‘Green GB Week’, Theresa. Where Is Our Brexit?

Posted by M. C. on October 16, 2018

The last thing Theresa May wants is to follow through on Brexit.  She wants the UK to take their orders from Brussels. It means even less thinking than she is already doing.

NHS doctors providing old people with cooking and dance lessons. We all know how smoothly the NHS is working and has a lot of time and money to spare.

Creating hate crime laws is just a way for politicians who don’t know how to solve anything look like they are doing something.

No wonder the UK is in the state it is in. The prognosis gets dimmer.

https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2018/10/16/green-gb-week-will-not-deliver-brexit/

by James Delingpole

Here are some of the bold, exciting initiatives Theresa May’s government has proposed recently in order to stave off the threat of Jeremy Corbyn and his raging Communists:

  • NHS doctors to provide old people with free cookery lessons/dance classes to stop them feeling lonely.
  • Calling the elderly rude names to be made a “hate crime”.
  • “Austerity” to be ended by hiking the tax bills of the “rich”.

But my favourite so far has got to be the one launched yesterday by Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. It’s called Green GB Week.

To get an idea what an amazing job it has done to revitalise the Conservative base, here are some of the comments below a piece Clark published in the former shires Tory journal the Daily Telegraph, headlined “It’s time to reap the benefits of a low carbon economy”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Christian Doctor Fired in UK for Suggesting Gender Is Biological

Posted by M. C. on July 10, 2018

“Firstly, we are not allowed to say what we believe. Secondly, as my case shows, we are not allowed to think what we believe. Finally, we are not allowed to defend what we believe,” he said.

Believes in free speech and is a Christian. Not a good combination in Londonstan.

https://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/07/10/christian-doctor-fired-uk-suggesting-gender-biological/

by Thomas D. Williams PH.D.

A medical doctor with 26 years of experience working at the National Health Service (NHS) has been deemed “unfit to work” after insisting on identifying patients by their biological sex.

Dr. David Mackereth, 55, began training in May to become a health and disability assessorfor the government but ran into trouble when his Christian and scientific convictions ran afoul of department protocols.

In his new job, Dr. Mackereth was to compile independent reports about the health of persons who were claiming disability benefits. His instructor told him that regardless of a patient or client’s biological sex, he must only refer to them by their self-identified gender.

“I said that I had a problem with this,” Mackereth said. “I believe that gender is defined by biology and genetics and that as a Christian the Bible teaches us that God made humans male or female.”

“I could have kept my mouth shut but it was the right time to raise it,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Alfie Evans: Another Child Sacrifice on Britain’s NHS Altar

Posted by M. C. on April 29, 2018

I see Joseph’s smile on Alfie’s lips and recognize that look of trust and love.  My heart is shredded over the arrogant, brutal indifference of the British National Health Service, willing to starve a child to death rather than risk another hospital proving its doctors wrong.

In Britain’s socialized medical system, second opinions are typically given by other NHS physicians, chosen not by the parents or the patient, but by the attending physician who gave the first opinion.

I wonder if Sarah ‘Death Panel’ Palin saw the second opinion scam coming?

Latest Death Panel Victim

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/04/alfie_evans_another_child_sacrifice_on_britains_nhs_altar.html

By Joe Herring

I admit, my reaction to the plight of young Alfie Evans is colored by my experience with my own grandson, Joseph, who suffers from a similar disorder.

I see Joseph’s innocence in Alfie’s eyes, and I struggle with the marked physical resemblance between Alfie and Joseph at that age.  I also vividly recall the doctors counseling my daughter to abort her pregnancy, to save her child from suffering.

“He will likely live 18 months, certainly no more than three years,” they told us solemnly.  Joseph celebrated his 17th birthday in February of this year… Read the rest of this entry »

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