Tuesday, 10 January 2017

The systematic breakdown of the NHS

UK Column are back with a vengeance after the Christmas/New Year break. They begin with the new Global Britain policy which is going to be investing up to £12 billion in Africa. "So that sum has been magicked up," Brian Gerrish says. Then referring to an ironic comment from a viewer about the Global Britain policy he adds: "We`re going to be taking Red Cross [food] parcels in UK shortly... Well in a couple of moments we`re going to be moving on to the NHS where the Red Cross is already having to act."

They conclude that Global Britain is an example of British `soft power` which is being backed up by American military power. For an example of how British soft power works they suggest having a look at Martin Edward`s article: We`re all in this together.

When Mark Anderson from American Free Press is invited to comment he says: "I think Brian hit on it the best, that these countries aren`t allowed to have a grass roots approach to develop themselves... You can develop third world countries without all this outside investment by teaching people to develop their own economy from the ground up... But this approach by the globalists, by Common Purpose and what not - well it might have a few peripheral benefits here and there - is largely not what these African and other third world nations need."

Mike Robinson agrees: "What we`re witnessing is the continuing effort to make sure these countries can`t develop. And a perfect example of it ... was a series of programmes on the BBC called Swimming with Crocodiles and at the end of the series they were describing how the crocodiles were posing a danger for people collecting water at the riverside; and so the BBC`s solution to this was to put up some signs saying: Danger ! Crocodiles ! As if the people who had been living there thousands of years didn`t know that there were crocodiles in the river; when, in fact, what these people probably needed was a tap."


"Well let`s come back to UK and have a look at the state of the country. So no better place to go than the NHS. Here`s the report in from Plymouth local Herald. It says Red Cross volunteers drafted in to Derriford Hospital to ease NHS pressure."

"So this is the reality; we`ve now got the Red Cross having to come in and help the NHS and if we follow this story, of course, this isn`t just about Derriford hospital in Plymouth. We`re talking about the whole NHS. But we`ll just take a couple of points here. It says: Derriford like many other Trusts across the UK declared itself on the highest possible alert level last week. And that is basically saying that the hospital was close to meltdown because they simply couldn`t cope with A & E and other operations going on. But 24 hours later it was reduced to an Operation Pressures Escalation Level Three rating, thanks to a fantastic response from the staff."

"Now we know how hard the staff have been working at Derriford because we talk to them and we get information from them but what we`re interested in here is what is going on in NHS which has created this problem. But, of course, there isn`t a problem because Jeremy Hunt said that hospitals are performing `slightly better` than this time last year and he defended the NHS against claims of a `humanitarian crises` which is what the Red Cross is saying is going on... and Theresa May for those of you who don`t know; she is apparently the British prime minister; but she`s been very quiet of late. She says there isn`t a crises at all."

"So we`ve got a remarkable situation... In the Midlands we know that hospitals have had to actually stop all operations because the hospital is at breakdown point but apparently there`s no problem."


"Now in that article we were interested to see that this gentleman got a mention.... So this is an organisation called NHS Providers. They actually train, and boast that they train, most of the NHS Trusts and their executive directors but the Chief Executive of NHS Providers rejected the idea that there was a crisis and did not think it was an `appropriate description.` Now that was the quote from the Plymouth Herald. We decided to phone the organisation ... and ask whether their Chief Executive stood by that statement that there wasn`t a crisis. Well we received an interesting and very hostile reply because we were told that the problem was the word `humanitarian.` `Humanitarian crises` means quote `something equating to what is going on in Syria.`  Clearly that isn`t going on in the NHS so it isn`t really a `humanitarian crisis.`  People are dying. It is nothing to do with humanity. In fact, it`s not really a crisis at all."


"So let`s have a look at this organisation. I encourage people to go and have a look at the site themselves. It`s a membership organisation and trade association for NHS acute, ambulance, community and mental health services ..."

Mike Robinson interjects: "That is what the NHS is nowadays - a trade."

"A trade, business. Yeah, very close to. And it says: We help those foundation trusts, and other trusts, to deliver high quality patient-focused care by enabling them to learn from each other, acting as their public voice and helping shape the system - so one failing hospital is going to learn from another. But we are there it says to influence governance and policy within the NHS. So an organisation, very interesting organisation, linking together all of these NHS Trusts which are having major problems: failing, people dying, people being left on trolleys, people not having fluids and being fed. But not to worry because these organisations are teaching one another and having to bring in the Red Cross. But it`s not a crises Mike... I`d like to stress that."

"So who is the gentleman we spoke to?  Well let`s bring him on screen because he was a bit worried as to whether the conversation was off the record. But when I speak it`s on the record. So I don`t see why we should have special rules... His name`s Adam Brimelow. I asked him whether he was aware of the extent of what was going on in the NHS and I mentioned Staffordshire hospital and he replied that basically he had been a former BBC reporter and reported on Staffordshire hospital. When I said that Staffordshire was one of a minimum of ten or eleven equally bad hospitals he didn`t really want to talk to me for much longer. But this is his twitter page and if you go and have a look there`s a couple of interesting articles one of which is of course he`s plugging the BBC`s interview by his own Chief Executive about what`s going on in the NHS. So nice little bit of circular reporting there from the BBC health correspondent, back through this organisation which says: `Well of course it`s not as bad as Syria. So there`s no problem."

"Now just to emphasise the logic these people use - this is obviously part of their website. Have a look at it. They`re all about performance and this is a press statement they released in relation to what`s been going on in the NHS and it says: The last few days have seen a wave of media coverage on current NHS Accident and Emergency Department performance and how well the NHS is coping with the pressures. Much of the comment and media coverage seeks to extrapolate what this current performance means for the wider state of the NHS. What a terrible thing to do !" 

"People are saying if it`s happening in one hospital is it happening in another? But not to worry because NHS Providers said: It`s important to calibrate how well the NHS is doing as accurately as possible. We know this is going to be difficult when comments reported in the media are simplistic and binary."

"So we`ve got people in corridors on stretchers; we`ve got people dying - a minimum of a thousand last year. I`ll say that`s a gross understatement - but the training organisation helping to put this thing together says: `Well it`s not a problem`. "

"And if I just add this on screen here. Here`s the Chief Executive concerned. He says: `There is no humanitarian crisis and we should avoid exaggerating the scale of the problem so we don`t frighten patients, undermine public confidence in the NHS or undervalue the staff`. And he`s fully supported by our very own Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, and as we said yesterday of course what he is doing is driving the Tory plan to destroy the NHS from within. Get rid of those nasty bed blockers and introduce private health care for profit. And if you don`t believe that you might like to visit his twitter page because he`s very excited that there`s now a new ambulance scheme to take end-of-life patients to the preferred place they`d like to go to die."

"So we`re not really interested in the crisis which is killing people but Jeremy Hunt`s got very interested that terminally ill people can be transported to the place they want to go to die."

Mike Robinson again:  "If we link this with the story yesterday on the privatisation of crematoria and cemetery services..."

"We`ve got a nice little circle... "

"And of course why is that happening? I mean you`ve been told that undertakers are refusing to do the job any more."

"Well this is absolutely true. We`ve had a number of reports from undertakers. This is a very unpleasant subject, but what they are becoming deeply concerned about is the number of grossly underweight bodies. So they are now dealing with bodies of individuals that have clearly been severely dehydrated and are malnourished to the extent that they are extremely small - their frame is extremely small - and this has also raised questions from relatives who are surprised at the size of the coffin. Nasty subject, but this is reality and I`m just going to add to that. If we want to know what has been going on inside the NHS then let`s introduce this UK Column article, more powerful than ever as we start to really understand what`s happening; and this was Martin Edwards explaining in great detail how the charity Common Purpose has been at work inside the NHS and he starts off with this quote:"

"For change to work, the discontent with the present must be greater than the tolerance of it - Robert Rowland Smith, philosopher. And the purpose of this quote is that if you analyse what`s happening: huge turbulence, bullying, stress, anxiety are being put on the staff in hospitals. Create the failure and then you can create the privatised system." [10 January 2017]

See: The NHS Common Purpose: towards a million change agents

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