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NHS Shame

In Campaigns, NHS on January 5, 2008 at 9:44 am

Tony Sharp has highlighted the case of Joan Hughes, a cancer patient let down by the NHS. Read about it here and sign the Downing Street petition by clicking here.

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Are you a binge drinker?

In NHS on October 20, 2007 at 12:57 pm

Don’t you just love the health lobby. A friend of mine went to see his GP, and the subject of alcohol came up. He told him he didn’t drink at all during the week as he had to be up early in the morning for work, however on a Friday and Saturday he would quite often have a bottle of wine with his dinner. He was accused of binge drinking and told he was no better than those who routinely get themselves plastered on the streets of our town and city centres.

Today we hear that safe drinking limits recommended twenty years ago were ‘plucked out of thin air’ and were ‘no more than an educated guess.’ The medical profession felt they had to say something and that’s what they did without any real scientific research.

I’m not encouraging anyone to go out and drink to excess, but perhaps the medical profession should concentrate on doing their job properly and try and keep our hospitals clean, rather than trying to frighten people into thinking they are putting their health at risk if they drink a couple of glasses of wine.

Lessons to be learned in the NHS

In Brown, NHS on October 12, 2007 at 5:31 pm

When the NHS was in its infancy, some surgical procedures that are commonplace and routine now, were impossible. Even in the past few years, keyhole surgery has revolutionised the way some operations are conducted. Medical science has moved on leaps and bounds. Unfortunately, cleanliness and hygiene has moved on leaps and bounds, but in the opposite direction.

When Matron was in charge, she would do the rounds of the wards, rubbing her hand over surfaces, and woe betide anyone who was found wanting. Our hospitals may have looked primitive compared to the hospitals that are built today, but cleanliness was the main priority. And it should be today, however as the news from Maidstone reveals, government targets were the priority. As long as the trust is looking good on the league tables, all is well. Tell that to the families of those who have lost loved ones because wards were dirty, nurses didn’t wash their hands properly and didn’t wear gloves.

There was a time when nurses proudly scrubbed their ward; now you have a cleaning company paying the minimum wage, with staff who use the cheapest cleaning products the contractor can get their hands on and if the nurses get time, they will thoroughly disinfect a bed in between patients. The prime minister announced a few weeks ago that all our hospitals will be cleaned from top to bottom. It is a sad reflection on the NHS that this has to happen. Cleaning should be done thoroughly and regularly. Hopefully the lessons will have been learned, but I won’t hold my breath.

The NHS

In NHS on May 25, 2007 at 4:16 pm

Sorry for the lack of blogging in the past two weeks. I have been busy – of course – and now I am looking forward to four days off work. I also have a new girlfriend and quite naturally that has diverted me away from the computer screen!

Something has caught my eye in the news today though. I have been out collecting signatures for the Conservative ‘NHYes’ campaign. I have spoken to members of the public who are simply amazed at the cut backs all around the country. But this story is truly shocking.

Penny Campbell – a journalist – died at the age of 41 years. She developed septicaemia after a minor operation to treat haemorrhoids and died less than a week later. That is tragic enough, however eight doctors failed to diagnose the septicaemia. I have talked to many people in recent months who are frightened to go in to hospital for minor operations, even though it will give them a much better quality of life. Stories such as this make us panic more, even over the most minor of operations. My Dad caught MRSA after a prostate operation three years ago. His quality of life is better now than it was, but he did go through agony, when he should not have done.

There are no quick fixes for the NHS, and we are certainly better off with it than without it, however I cannot be the only one who thinks there is something dreadfully wrong.

Elections and the NHS

In Boris Johnson, elections, NHS on May 1, 2007 at 9:25 pm

The election campaign is going very well and I will be very happy come Friday when I will be able to put my feet up for a few days. Last Friday I was walking with a limp!

I have just been reading this article by Boris Johnson on the NHS. Please read it and the comments after it. This is the shambles of the NHS under Labour.

I will be back to normal blogging sometime next week when I get my breath back.

What about the NHS Mr Brown?

In Brown, NHS on December 6, 2006 at 9:51 pm

Highlighted by George Osborne today, was the fact the Chancellor never mentioned the crisis in the NHS. With so many cuts happening all over the country, you would have thought this was an issue he may have tried to address. Put simply, he is more interested in becoming prime minister next year than whether people have to travel many more miles to access services that are local to them now.

Campaigning in Goole

In Andy Percy, Goole, NHS on December 3, 2006 at 8:24 pm


Yesterday I had an excellent day in Goole. As part of the NHYes campaign, I accompanied Andy Percy, our candidate for Brigg and Goole, Martine Martin and Neil Cropper from Hull University CF and other activists and helped collect signatures for a petition against NHS cuts. I also met Timothy Kirkhope MEP, leader of the Conervatives’ in the European Parliament. Timothy joined us for the morning.

The response was great and many people we approached had no idea just how many cuts were happening to THEIR services. Goole is a Labour town, which made the response we got even more fantastic. When you talk to people, everyone has a tale about the NHS. Unfortunately today, many of the stories are not positive and that is largely due to the cuts Gordon Brown is making. I look forward to many more vists helping Andy win this seat for the Conservatives.

More NHS cuts

In Brown, NHS on November 29, 2006 at 7:55 pm

Do remember when Labour used to say the NHS was only safe in their hands? They said things like, we created the NHS and it is only us who can be trusted with it. So why am I not surprised to find more people trust the Conservatives’ with the NHS than Labour? Look HERE.

This is yet another example of how Labour want to centralise everything and take away local services from local people. When anyone asks me why I am a Conservative, my reply is always the same. ‘I believe in the individual, family and community, making decisions for themselves and about themselves without having the interfering hand of government meddling in their affairs.’ Centralising hospital services many miles away from some communities is another example of taking away choice and convenience and effects some of the most vulnerable citizens; such as the elderly. Thank goodness the East Riding has Conservative MPs who will fight these changes. Graham Stuart, the Beverley and Holderness MP said, ‘I will use every weapon at my disposal to maintain our hospitals.’ And I know he will.