Opinion – NHS CRISIS: Radical action is needed, hospital chief warns | UK | News | Express.co.uk

Here’s a powerful must-read article from the Express for anybody interested in the UK’s public healthcare system. It argues that the NHS is not fit for the 21st century and has failed to adapt to population growth in the UK, citing the new chief inspector of hospitals.

Source: NHS CRISIS: Radical action is needed, hospital chief warns | UK | News | Express.co.uk

The language is pure dynamite. For twenty years or more the money has been squandered on the wrong things. Now the cancer is terminal unless radical action is taken.

But surely the Conservative Government are too weak to now drive radical transformation? So what should be done as a matter of priority?

Thoughts?

Opinion – Substance misuse in older people | The BMJ – John Gelmini

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Development of a rational scale to assess the harm of drugs of potential misuse, The Lancet, 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Alf is correct and the BMJ are wrong about their facts, as evidenced by ignoring the 70,000 people that GP’s allegedly kill each year, through mistakes of diagnosis and their inability to clear malingering and hypochondriac out of their surgeries.

Older people certainly drink more alcohol in the form of wine and beer but generally they are not consumers of recreational or hard drugs.

UK adults now consume double the global average for alcohol bested only by Lithuanians who drank the most.

The exception is the former hippies and “flower children” of the 1960s, who took LSD on sugar lumps at pop concerts and who smoked pot and never stopped, thus leaving the drugs in their brains over a period of 50 to 60 years.

These recreational drugs are the province of the young and the young unemployed and, of course, City types who snort cocaine to be fashionable and to enhance their performance at work.

The danger older adults face is over prescription by family doctors of pain killers, anti depressants (PROZAC and SEROXAT) and medicines for high blood pressure, diabetes and erectile dysfunction.

The drug problem as a whole needs to be tackled by educating people and creating circumstances whereby demand is reduced dramatically plus interdicting the demand and increasing deterrence among drug dealers.

John Gelmini