Thousands dying because hospitals are understaffed – Telegraph

This article from the Telegraph is a MUST READ, in my view. Check it out!

via Thousands dying because hospitals are understaffed – Telegraph.

The articles cites new research from Professor Sheena Asthana and Dr Alex Gibson at Plymouth University. Let me quote from the Telegraph article:

Prof Asthana said the shortage of doctors was costing lives. “The health service needs large numbers of staff on the front line to deliver good quality care,” she said.

I hate to say “I told you so” but these outcomes were obvious to me two years ago. Readers of my early blogs will remember that I focused on “slash and burn” cost cutting proposed by George Osborne and the Treasury, compared to more intelligent options for “cost reduction“. From my earlier life, I am an international expert on strategic cost reduction but could not find anybody in the UK who wanted to listen to my views, so I retired overseas and started blogging instead.

David Cameron’s Government has completely failed to address the real healthcare challenges in the UK and its policy with regard to the NHS has been an omni-shambles.

Any thoughts on where healthcare policy in the UK needs to go now to the redress the bungling?

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‘Euro will be stable’ claim is ridiculed – Telegraph

Major telegraph lines in 1891

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The Euro crisis continues into 2012.

This article is a good read and highlights the extreme German position.

Travellers need to think about the risk of being stranded in a Euro country that defaults. 

In 1891 speculators  receiving the first telegraph made fortunes (see major telegraph lines in map). 

Thanks to the internet, a default would now be global knowledge instantaneously. Speculators in 2012/13 would probably be hedge-fund managers taking speculative trading positions – fortunes would be made and lost overnight.

What about the average person caught out travelling in Europe? Have you thought out what you might do if you got caught out by a default? It is likely that withdrawing money on credit cards would be blocked. Perhaps, we should carry a few travellers cheques in a safe currency?

‘Euro will be stable’ claim is ridiculed – Telegraph.