Letter from a real doctor not a spin doctor.
Yesterday Virgin were handed a £700 million pound contract for 200 various NHS services in the south west of the UK.
At the same time, you gave a speech saying that we need to look at the USA for inspiration when it comes to how to manage the NHS. (Despite the fact that they spend double on their health care and have much worse outcomes than the NHS does, especially for the poor)
So can you clarify please.
Are you still saying that the NHS is not being privatised? Because evidence suggests it is.
And do you still stand by your previous ideological oposition to the NHS as shown by:
1) A book you co-authored in 2005 which called for the 'denationalisation' of the NHS
2) As Culture Secretary you tried to stop any mention of the NHS in the Olympic ceremony?
I know that you have since said that you have changed your mind and that you fully support the NHS ( as shown by.....welll...the best evidence for your support is by your wearing of the NHS badge) but......... its just that actions speak louder than words.
I am afraid that I find it hard to believe what you are saying when it comes to your support of a nationalised NHS free at the point of care run for patients and not profits.
So please just be fair to the staff and patients. As I keep asking my toddler, please just tell the truth. If my nine year old and seven year old can tell the truth, please can you?
At least then we would know where we stand.
Rob (A worried A&E Dr)
Dear Mr Campion,
As PCC for West Mercia I am appealing to you to look into allegations of pro-hunt bias in the West Mercia police force.
I understand that 'PCCs have been elected by the public to hold Chief Constables and the force to account, effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.' There has been considerable speculation on social media that when it comes to illegal hunting, the West Mercia police show bias in favour of hunting with allegations of a pro hunt culture and possible links to freemasonry- a link highlighted in the Operation Tiberius report from 2002 which made for worrying reading.
Furthermore, video evidence from anti hunting protestors suggests bias in police attitudes and I note a freedom of information refusal notice on the West Mercia police website which states an 'excess of 880 records returned' linked to hunting. This information is therefore not available publicly, doing little to allay concerns.
I note that one of your key election pledges was to 'work towards...a more reassured West Mercia'. I am certainly not reassured by anything I have heard, and the slow progress of charging suspects in the case of the live fox cubs thrown into a kennel full of hounds is absolutely outrageous. That video caused outrage when it was featured in the national press-not only is such an act illegal, it is a shocking example of hunt deceit whereby the claim that hunting is any form of 'pest control' is revealed to be a lie.
I don't know how familiar you are with other instances of hunt crime but there have been numerous cases of captive animals found on hunt property as a ready supply to chase. The leaked email by Simon Hart of the countryside alliance warning of a nationwide shortage of foxes and an urging of landowners to breed more (with the line that any public knowledge of such facts would ruin the reputation of hunting by making it 'a laughing stock' as it clearly counters the argument of 'pest control') was telling.
My concern is that any bias in the West Mercia police encourages hunts such as the South Hereford to feel that they are at liberty to flout the law and can be reassured that the police will turn a blind eye. This would, surely, be an outrageous situation. Whatever views one may hold on the issue of hunting morally, the police have a duty to be impartial and to prosecute fairly any instances of law breaking-which the cub case clearly is.
I do hope that you will look into this matter and, as per your election promise, reassure the many of us concerned about a culture of bias towards this issue that it has been addressed and eradicated in West Mercia. I suspect that you will be shocked at the outrage that will erupt if the South Hereford hunt case runs out of time before reaching court. Despite its release on the day of the EU referendum, the case was featured in almost all the national papers as well as the BBC-the public overwhelmingly oppose hunting according to the most recent polls and the Hereford case was particularly outrageous.
I will be forwarding a copy of this email to the IPCC as I am very concerned that this matter is not being taken seriously. I have as yet still had no response from the West Mercia police and little I have seen has raised any hopes that this is all above board.
I do hope that you will do your best to communicate my concerns to the police and I look forward to your response-and a swift charging of those responsible.
Background - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36598935
I wanted to send you this message today to thank you and update you on our election campaigns. But it is important that I mention the events of the last few days.
Let me make it clear that Labour is implacably opposed to any form of racism, including anti-Semitism, and I will personally ensure that Labour introduces measures to take tough action on this matter.
Next Thursday there are vital elections.
Labour activists across the UK are working hard to elect our candidates and I want to thank every one of you that is knocking on doors, making phone calls and delivering leaflets. We rely on you and you make a huge difference. Thank you.
Voters have a choice to make. Only Labour is on the side of the majority.
Over the last few months more and more people are seeing the broken promises of this Prime Minister who simply can't be trusted. He can't be trusted when it comes to tax, he can't be trusted with strategic industries like steel and he can't be trusted to balance the books fairly.
Labour is standing up, not standing by.
We have run a strong election campaign everywhere. Over the last few weeks we have campaigned on housing and education, health, crime and policing, and the economy. I have been in our nations and regions taking our message to the voters. Our activists have knocked on millions of doors.
In London, David Cameron's candidate has been blanketing voters with leaflets, adverts and press releases about the "Corbyn-Khan experiment". David Cameron even called Londoners "lab rats".
More and more people in all parts of the UK are seeing our message of balancing the budget fairly, investing in public services and delivering a better life for all. Over the coming months I look forward to outlining my agenda for change.
Thank you again for being part of this party as we campaign for a fairer and better life for everyone.
Leader of the Labour Party
"Good Afternoon, Mr Corbyn
"I am a member of Bradford East CLP and I have to say that I am ashamed to call myself a member of the Labour Party at the moment!
"I re-joined (having left in disgust at the "New Deal" employment programme) on the back of your successful election as Leader, as I felt that the Party needed a leader that was much more compassionate about the most destitute in British society - the poor, the long-term unemployed, the sick and disabled, the elderly - than previous leaders have been.
"I note that you have suspended Naz Shah MP (Bradford West) for her comments that have been seen by some as Anti-Semitic - comments that have caused a huge outcry amongst the Labour movement, and the country as a whole.
I have to point out that her comments could not have been Anti-Semitic, as they were not discriminatory against Jews. They were, however, Anti-Israel, which many people (including myself) believe has too much of an influence on US (and with it UK) Foreign Policy.
Are you now going to suspend me along with Ken Livingstone and Naz Shah on the basis of my views?
"As you can probably tell, I am very angry about this matter!
"I thank you for your attention, and I look forward to hearing from you.
[Labour party member and site owner adds her signature here - Eileen Kersey]
John Mann pulls BBC stunt, Ken Livingstone suspended from Labour
People of England, Monday April 25, 2016.
Good evening once again.
I find myself posting to you on the verge of an important yet regrettable day. Tomorrow and Wednesday, there will be a full walk out by junior doctors in England between 8AM and 5PM. This is in protest of an unfair and unsafe contract that the government decided to impose on them.
I'm sat in clinic in this picture, but tomorrow I won't be there. I'll be in my consultant greens, carrying the crash bleep and manning the acute assessment unit.
Let me make one thing very clear.
Emergency service in hospitals will go on as usual. Consultants, non-training grade doctors supported by nurses, pharmacists, clinical support workers and other health professionals will ensure that you will receive emergency care should you require it.
At our hospital, covering acute medicine alone, will be a team of consultant physicians with over 150 years of medical experience combined. We have full confidence that you will continue to have world class care over the next two days.
If you should fall ill, please do not be hesitant to seek help. Hospitals, GP surgeries, Urgent Care Centres and NHS 111 will be on hand like we are everyday to help you. Please help spread this message by sharing or tweeting.
To my junior doctor colleagues, we have your back so you can fight the good fight, take this opportunity to show the public your passion, and to show Mr Hunt and the Government how wrong they are.
Good luck, and see you on the other side.
Dr Philip Lee
Consultant Physician in Acute Medicine and Care of the Elderly
Please give me 3 minutes of your time to read this letter, which explains what is really going on with the junior doctor strike and what it is all about.
I am really worried that people are believing the deceit and spin from the government and their cronies in the press. But the truth of the matter is so different to what they have been saying. Please read this short message from someone on the front line who knows the truth:
1.No one wants a strike. Especially not our junior doctors. They have promised to call off the strike if the government stop imposition of a contract which is not safe for patients and not fair for doctors. The government have refused and are putting political ideology in front of patient care. They could stop the strike now with one phone call.
2. Consultants and other senior doctors will be covering, so no harm should come to our patients because of the strike. The vast majority of senior doctors including myself support our juniors. We know why they are striking - to protect our NHS in the longer term.
3. Operations and clinics will be delayed and that is awful for those affected. But 1000s more operations have been delayed this years because of a bed crisis and underfunding, compared to the delays to elective care caused by the strikes.
4. The juniors are not striking because of pay - but because the new contract discriminates against female doctors, discriminate against those who work in specialities delivering care outside of 9-5 and will lead to an exodus of doctors from the NHS. It will make weekend emergency cover much harder to deliver because of a lack of doctors and patients will suffer.
5. Scotland and Wales NHS know this to be the case and are thus not going down this route of these changes of their Junior Doctors' contracts.
6. The junior doctor crisis is already here. Because of the way they are being treated, many are leaving the NHS. Rota gaps are now very common and patients are being put at risk because of this. Indeed an A&E in Lancashire had to downgrade from a full A&E at night as there was not enough junior doctors to staff the A&E department 24/7.
7. The biggest threat to the NHS is what happens when our disillusioned and depressed juniors decide to up sticks and leave their jobs when they rotate in August. We can cope with a short strike; we can't cope with an exodus of junior doctors in August.
8. We have 3 days till the strike starts. 3 days till we lose the goodwill of 54,000 junior doctors. Without this goodwill we cannot care for our patients as well as we do. Please email/write to your government MPs to put pressure on Hunt and Cameron to change their minds before it is too late. Please join demonstrations. Please help us change their minds.
We can only hope that even though they may not listen to NHS staff on the front line who know what is happening, they may listen to their voters.
This is the truth as I see it. I am someone who will not be personally affected by a new contract, but someone who cares passionately about his staff, his patients and the NHS.
Please share and tweet so that people know the truth.
(A very concerned A&E consultant)
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