Opinion – ‘We made mistakes,’ Dallas hospital chief says of Ebola crisis – LA Times – John Gelmini


Like Dr Alf, I feel no sense of Schadenfreude or “Zingzailehuo”(Happy in calamity joyous in disaster”) as the Chinese call it, when reading this story.

The US medical system is high-tech and expensive, due to the activities of ambulance chasing lawyers creating a risk averse culture of unnecessary tests, and the American Medical Association which deliberately limits the number of medical students going to medical school and thus the number of doctors.

The UK’s NHS is dysfunctional, has antiquated purchasing practices and has far too many managers.

It allegedly kills 120,000 people a year through botched operations, another 70,000 people a year through GP mistakes and misdiagnosis, and hastens the deaths of 450,000 a year by fast tracking patients with a poor prognosis for survival.

The NHS has the worst cancer treatment and longevity outcomes in Western Europe and presides over a population of people including the fattest woman in Western Europe and the 4th fattest men.

Diabetes, Dementia, Alzheimer’s and morbid obesity are at epidemic proportions, yet to listen to Jeremy Hunt, the Health Minister, on Question Time last night (16th October), you would imagine that all was well with the NHS and that his Department was doing a great job.

Ebola, allegedly created in a bacteriological warfare establishment(probably Porton Down), has been brought under control in Nigeria and Senegal and provided it does not mutate into something that is transmissible by air, it can be brought under control everywhere else.

That presupposes that whoever develops the strategy for containment and eradication of the affliction is not someone like President Obama but IS someone competent that actually knows what they are doing.

As long as Obama is in post for the 24 months he has left in office, one can expect meddling, muddle and incompetence of the worst kind.

Here in the UK, I fear the worst, and expect no better from Messrs. Cameron, Hunt and Mrs May, the Home Secretary. She lacks the means to properly control our borders and prevent ingress of West Africans and others from Ebola affected regions of the world.

We, in the UK, need to be most worried and extremely vigilant.

John Gelmini

Opinion – EUROPA – PRESS RELEASES – The EU’s response to help fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa – John Gelmini

Dr Alf makes an excellent point.

Frankly, there should be no EU aid, nor aid from the UK, unless it is for a medical/ humanitarian cause, like Ebola which carries a risk for our own people.

The EU budget itself is riddled with corruption, which is why no self-respecting accountant will sign-off the accounts.

Overseas aid is worse, with most of the money being diverted into the pockets of corrupt dictators and possibly officials within the donor countries.

Certainly all EU officials, UK Government Ministers, top civil servants etc, should have their bank accounts and those of their partners, wives, children, relatives and mistresses audited regularly once a year on an unannounced basis. Assuming that most were honest, nothing untoward would be discovered but if they were like the British MPs, who are fiddling their expenses more than ever, we would need to be ready to expand our prisons and make the judiciary work round the clock as they did in New York under Mayor Guliani when he was cleaning up that city.

Gaza needs some aid but whatever happens there, there is no deadly disease which we can catch from Palestinians, whereas with several African countries Ebola is spreading rapidly and with air travel and the possibility of Ebola mutating into a strain transmissible by air, the risks to us in the UK, Europe and America require that money is spent on making our response to Ebola faster and more robust.

Lord Winston has already said to the Government and MPs that the NHS needs to be ready for the possibility of a mutant strain of Ebola transmissible by air would create intolerable strain on the NHS. Perhaps, he has in mind the possibility of a flu epidemic,large numbers of pensioners cluttering up doctors surgeries and A and E Departments of NHS Trusts during the coming winter, then combining with an Ebola outbreak which would then overwhelm the already not fit for purpose NHS.

Dr Alf wonders, possibly angrily, why the amount of EU aid for Gaza is so great?

I suspect that it is for several reasons, one of which is to pander to Arab and Iranian opinion, to ensure energy supplies from a source other than Vladimir Putin and another is to throw a bone without being too obvious to those who see in Israel the source of all the world’s ills.

John Gelmini