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

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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

Opinion – TUC: From nurses to patient safety, why Brexit could destroy the NHS | LabourList – John Gelmini

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

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

I’m afraid I find this argument from the TUC in this “Britain at Work ” article from Dr Alf which is about the effect of Brexit on the NHS too narrowly based.

To begin with, the 50,000 people from Romania and other parts of the EU who are already trained are a drop in the ocean when compared to the fact that the NHS is as we speak recruiting Indian doctors and vast numbers of fully qualified African nurses and people from countries outside of Europe.

50,000 people could be replaced easily and quickly during a 2 year transition period which would be the case anyway if we were to leave the EU but if it had to be done quickly all that has to happen is:

1) Recruitment has to be stepped up before Brexit with a corresponding cull of useless and much higher paid NHS managers who were never needed in the first place and represent a massive cost drain on the NHS now

2) Demand has to be reduced in the NHS immediately by:

a) Taking firm action against malingers and people pretending to be incapacitated so that they can claim Personal Independence Benefits(PIP).

(Such people can be found on cruise liners at Southampton starting out in wheelchairs, walkers, walking sticks and zimmer frames and then once the ship leaves British territorial waters they can be found like Lazarus rising from the dead engaging in disco dancing, fornication and deck quoits whilst the symbols of their disabilities lie in a corner of the ship ready for the return voyage).

They can be spotted at car boot sales exercising great strength as they lift items out of their car boots and manhandle them onto trestles, travelling to the post office with heavy parcels as they trade on E-Bay, driving taxis in areas where they are not known and picking vegetables in the Fens for agricultural gangmasters. Still more of them can be spotted at the tables outside the Three Magnets public house in Letchworth, near where I live and in similar establishments the length and breadth of the land. Somehow they are able to guzzle beer, afford the latest smartphones and large wide screen televisions rented from “Bright House” whilst wearing their “Onesies”, the latest trainers and awakening to the start of the “Jeremy Kyle Programme” or “Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay or We’ll Take It Away”(A programme about High Court Enforcement Officers and Bailiffs).

DWP investigators are not paid much and are not endowed with the sorts of animal cunning and “street sense” that are needed to catch these people but a concerted and very rapid blitz would reduce the 1.8 million people currently on PIP by more than enough to pay for all the nurses, doctors and consultants we need after BREXIT and forever more.

Government Ministers, top civil servants, local authority service directors and others dismiss this sort of thing as anecdotal but I know teachers, social workers who experience these phenomena on a daily and hourly basis plus what I see with my own eyes everywhere I go.

3) Stopping the revolving door could be done tomorrow so that failed NHS managers who get fired or leave on Friday and start again on Monday or days later as a highly paid interim with “essential NHS experience” could not do so.

The truth is, the public sector trades unions, especially Unite and the dinosaur like TUC, have blocked all meaningful NHS reform and along with the striking junior doctors need to be de-recognised and the junior doctors cleared out in a PATCO style exercise in much the same way as Ronald Reagan dealt with the air traffic controllers in America.

The NHS as now constituted is not fit for purpose and has to be scrapped and replaced with something much better. This has to be done, regardless of Brexit but in the interim all that has to happen is more recruitment from outside the EU.

John Gelmini