Opinion – Study finds NHS ‘MOT’ health checks to reveal signs of illness have few benefits | Health News | Lifestyle | The Independent – John Gelmini

NHS Job Shop: "Working for Health" i...

NHS Job Shop: “Working for Health” in Kentish Town. Closed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

English: East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Alf, in this piece from the Independent, gives us an interesting take on the NHS which I agree with him, needs to be replaced with something that is fit for purpose.

The Daily Express tries to argue that remaining in the EU followed by TTIP will cause the NHS to be privatised.

I think that both the Independent and the Daily Express are incorrect on this matter; the NHS is already £20 billion GBP in the red, as Stuart Steven its Chief Executive knew last year when he went cap in hand to Cameron and Osborne asking for £16 billion GBP. They sent him packing but did agree £8 billion GBP whilst telling him to find the rest from efficiency savings. As usual they “rolled over” when they were faced with Steven’s special pleading rather than telling him to start reforming.

The Junior doctors saw this and have been emboldened to intensify their strike action to include emergency cover – this is an act which is against the Hippocratic oath and represents industrial misconduct in my view. Jeremy Hunt needs to conscript former military doctors and fire the junior doctors en mass as Ronald Reagan did with the air traffic controllers in America and then he and the Transport Minister needs to take on the public sector trades unions with de-recognition, a switch to automated tube trains and a law to outlaw strikes in essential public services (transport, teaching, nursing, medicine, radiology, surgery as initial examples).

At this stage in the political process the gains made by Margaret Thatcher’s Trades Union reforms need to be built on, not thrown away.

Whether we remain in the EU or leave it NHS reform is essential as is welfare reform, especially of Personal Independence Benefit rules, which are riddled with fraud, plus the need to merge costly Adult Social Care into the NHS.

None of this is a “Bridge too far” but it is clear that in his last days David Cameron wants to ease his way into his new job with as little trouble as possible so that his protege and fellow Bilderberger, George Osborne can similarly ease himself into the Prime Ministership.

Closer to 2020, this sort of action will be impossible, but now, it is not only possible but vitally essential for the good of the country.

John Gelmini

The ‘Idleness Rate’ for Young High-School Graduates Is 15.5% – Real Time Economics – WSJ

This is an important article from the WSJ citing latest evidence. About one out of every six recent high-school graduates got that diploma and went on to…nothing.

Source: The ‘Idleness Rate’ for Young High-School Graduates Is 15.5% – Real Time Economics – WSJ

The trends are interesting. Black and Hispanic are showing improvement over time, whilst there are some alarm bells for white youngsters, especially males. The authors are cautious about explaining the trends.

Simply, we live in a global market place and jobs have been offshored where costs are lower and productivity is higher. The outlook for white teenagers, especially males, without skills and further education is bleak – they will increasingly turn to alcohol, marijuana, obesity and an early grave. Technology and offshoring will increasingly eliminate unskilled and semi-skilled jobs. There will also be increasing competition for available jobs from immigrants who cost less and are likely to be more productive.

Right wing populists, like Trump, le Pen and Boris Johnson are offering false promises.  Older people need to smarten up and not listen to the promises of the right wing populists. Parents need to ensure that their children are ready to compete effectively in a global market place with appropriate skills, education and confidence. This morning, I have used a similar argument for the UK to remain in the EU and ignore the false promises of the Brexiteers.

Thoughts?

 

 

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