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May 22, 2016

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May 22, 2016

From time to time my thought process (aided and abetted by my mild but omnipresent OCD) collects issues that I read about and get irked by. Herewith my latest mini batch.

1; Abortions: I an firmly of the belief that women should have control over their bodies when it comes to abortions.........to an extent. The current Abortion Act that came into being in 1967 allows abortions to take place up to a maximum of 24 weeks gestation if there is a risk to the mother or foetus and two independent doctors sign to that effect. So far so good, we all know that women who really want to abort an unwanted foetus can get doctors to agree to the termination. But the latest move by the Head of the Midwifery Union to petition for abortions to be allowed on the NHS et al beyond 24 weeks and in fact up to any period before the actual birth is a step way too far in my opinion. This same woman is employed by the country's leading abortion clinic company, talk about a conflict of interests. Anyway, in my post military career, as first a Director in a local Health Authority and later the Deputy CEO of a Primary Care Trust I visited several hospitals and several NICUs (Neonatal Intensive Care Units) On at least one occasion I recall seeing a baby, born at 23 weeks, in an incubator, wires and monitors covering the wee mite's body the whole baby was no bigger than a bag of sugar. I had to cough into my hankie to clear my throat and there must have been a draught in that ward because my eyes started to water a bit. Anyway, here we are spending £millions on keeping these tots alive and now the Head Of the Midwifery Council, much to the chagrin of many of her members, wants to allow fully formed, perfectly viable babies to be aborted.......killed way beyond the current 24 week cut off point. Anyone who has ever witnessed a 20- 24 week abortion (I have) and doesn't have bad dreams about it afterwards is a better person than I am. The baby I spoke of earlier is now a  beautiful young lady of about 14 years of age by the way. So; I find myself severely at odds with this woman who, on the one hand, heads up a group of clinicians dedicated to preserving the lives of mothers and their new born babies while on the other hand accepts money from an major abortion clinic company AND then having the gall to petition for a change to the current law. Grrrrr!!!!!

2: NHS Overspend: NHS Trusts have accumulated a year on year £2.3 billion overspend. During my last year in the NHS I became Acting CEO of our local Primary Care Trust due to the ill health of the substantive incumbent. During that turbulent year I well remember being summoned to the District Health Authority for an interview sans coffee for being in charge while our PCT had overspent its budget by £2.1 million (less than 1% of that year's budget)  When I pointed out that the money had all gone on patient care, mostly on an increase in elective and emergency operations due to a severe winter and some other pertinent factors I was told it was illegal for me to have overseen an overspend and I was to recoup the money within the first 3 months of the new financial year. We stopped a load of people having elective operations to achieve that demand, people had to wait longer for their operations, some never got their operations. I explain this only to  underpin my anger at the hullaballoo going on currently about this issue.The fact is we cannot financially aim off for the very real increase in patient demands on the NHS year on year because no Government has the balls to either increase taxes to pay for it or to begin to ration care to make us all live within the healthcare budgets set. No Government has effectively tackled the massive waste that goes on in the NHS, the PFI scandal where hospitals were built on borrowed money and are beholden to pay back enormous sums of interest. No government has even begun to tackle the Health Tourist debacle that goes on or the extra massive healthcare costs caused by immigration. Add into the equation people are living longer, the fact we have an ever ageing population and the fact that more and more very expensive life prolonging drugs have become available and it is little wonder the NHS isn't coping. What REALLY irks me is that the Government spends £millions on so called "experts" to solve these issues but they never get solved. the same problems I faced before retiring in 2007 are being talked about today. There's progress for you!!

3; Privacy Laws. I am fed up to the back teeth reading about the hype and rhetoric surrounding  "celebrity" PJS  et al who apparently had a threesome and are now the subject of a press gagging order. Apparently olive oil was used, the mind boggles, who gives a flying chuck who is bonking who? Who cares? If anyone reading this rant does care by the way the names are on Twitter, by all accounts!! Oh and in the USA, Australia, the whole of Europe'  did I mention Russia? BUT; that all aside 4 crusty old law lords have decided that press freedom in this country no longer applies in the UK when dealing with celebrities, allegedly!!

Enough for today, I don't really expect members to wade through this post ......I wouldn't and I wrote it!!

May 22, 2016

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May 22, 2016

David, from what you are saying, I think that the powers in charge of handling these situations in the NHS are not doing their job in any way as required and stipulated. They look for the easy way, not the correct way, of handling these actions, without even thinking about the needs and rights of the PATIENT. The real problem I think is that the "experts" are not doing their duty to the patient(s), but rather, they are looking for their, and others in NHS, easy and cheapest way out. They have no consideration for the patient who is suffering, but are eager for them (NHS) keeping "the ship" on an even keel, without any concern for the patient. As for the Law Lords, again, they are on a different track and a different planet to us the recipients of their misguided and wrong decisions. But they will go on doing the easy way (not the correct way), unless someone in the right seat corrects the faults of their employees. I feel very sorry for all those you have mentioned in your article, and wish them better, and correct treatment in future. With those you mention as indulging in threesomes etc, they should be identified as slappers and flappers. With full names and addresses. No excuses. The Law lords should be put out to grass, they are so slow and sleepy, and behind the times by at least a millenium or six.

May 22, 2016

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May 22, 2016

David I agree that woman should have control of their own body ,and wether they bring another soul into this mad mad world . Living in a country that over 7000 woman travel to other countries ( mainly the UK) to abort their foetus,unlike you I've actually delivered a baby that came early while the woman was out shopping ,I'm glad to say both mother and baby survived once an ambulance arrived. Your point about age in weeks of the foetus is another area I think the 67 law is now obsolete with modern medicine of the 21st century ,as you stated babies of 24 weeks or so are nearly fully formed and are a viable baby ,so my personal opinion is they reduce the weeks to 16/18 weeks, and please don't tell me that it's her "human right" no after being pregnant for 4 months a doctor or woman should know wether they want/need to abort . You know that modern medicine costs an arm and a leg ,as we now live longer and Doctors have regular visits from medical company sales reps ( we had regular visits to our military practice in Wiltshire ) trying to get our doctor to dispense their meds ( I wonder how much money Viagra making for pfizers ) there I mentioned that dirty word "Money" and you hear of tremendous costs to fight cancer , yes money is the be and end of all problems . You have a dedicated medical worker ( nurse/Doctor) costing so much to the state but how do you equate the costs of medicines ,that being the Unknown and as the case with doctors ( mostly GP's) they will dole out pills etc hoping they work due to pressure of numbers visiting him/her on a regular basis ,we now have a problem with antibiotics being over used and super bugs/ infections ....no easy answer I think people have to know their own bodies and relize they have be more pro-active themselves and live a more healthier life style ,each to his/her own

May 23, 2016

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May 23, 2016

My youngest daughter was delivered by C section at 26 weeks, my wife was suffering from pre-eclampsia and it was a danger to her health to allow her to continue carrying.  The doctors, at the John Radcliffe in Oxford, assured us the baby would be fine, yes she would be very small, yes she would need to spend a few weeks in the SCBU (Special Care Baby Unit) but there was no danger to the babies health in delivering her so early but there was grave danger to my wife's health if the pregnancy continued. She was born on Paddy's Day 1987, 2lb 6ozs spent 10 weeks getting the best of medical care initially in the JR then in Salisbury before we took her home to Tidworth a happy healthy baby. Kimmi is now 29 years old.  There is only one word for terminating a healthy baby beyond 24 weeks when there is no danger to the mother or the baby........it has six letters and starts with an M..... Perhaps the billions we waste on foreign aid could be redirected to the NHS........heaven forbid The names were also exposed in one Scottish daily newspaper! The whole thing is a farce but proves that money talks in the world of justice as well.

June 6, 2016

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Posts: 557
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June 6, 2016

The best thing about school holidays these days is when they're over,  & we "oldies" can go back to some normality in our retirement ! It means the shops aren't amok with kids, the roads are quieter for most of the day (just got to avoid the multitude of "Chelsea tractors" picking the kids up) and we don't have to queue behind delinquent teenagers who are  trying to decide whether to have a latte or cappuccino !!! Don't kids EVER walk to school these days ? Even walking to the Chelsea tractor they're engrossed in texting (to the person NEXT to them ) - don't they EVER converse ? I know, I sound like Victor Meldrew again, but just saying.................. John (JKW)    

June 6, 2016

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June 6, 2016

Frankie, It appears I too am a Victor Meldrew...How these phone idiots manage not to get themselves killed when texting et al, is beyond me, they have no senses which control their movements, appreciation of an upcoming deadly situation or the fact that the number six bus has just run them over. They seem so immersed in their texting they do not appreciate how delicate the time between text and death can be, wherever and whenever they use their phones. I am not advocating a law against mobile phones, but reminding people there is a danger when mouth is working overtime on phone, leaving no time for our senses to respond to a deadly situation. They are oblivious, and not aware, or not concerned, about being in that state. Ergo, a casualty.... I enjoy a good old chat at any time, but am sensitive to the dangers of over immersion in anything which threatens life and limb, and all other threats around us in daily life from any source.

June 7, 2016

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June 7, 2016

Unsolicited calls. Talking to machines instead of people when ringing about utilities et al and then waiting in unendless queues. Trying to talk to anything or anyone at HMRC at any time. GP receptionists who think it is their job to triage patients seeking an appointment. Trying to get through to the police for non 999 calls. Trying to get the police to attend any crime for which they can't fine anyone. Overseas aid. Fear of immigration overwhelming us being labelled racist. Donald Trump. Piers Morgan. The Hillsborough lies and cover up. Just a few other random irritations that get my goat.......so to speak,,

June 7, 2016

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June 7, 2016

Talking to machines or being put on hold by organisation that you are a customer of ,and have spent monies to buy their products .......example Saturday last my daughter trying to get a delivery date from Argos for her new dishwasher ....she rang the number on the receipt ,did the number crunching ( you know 1 if your such and such 2 etc etc ) any way she got a person who could help then was put on hold whilst there was a discussion with the supervisor ,this hold lasted about 15 yes fifteen minutes before she got an answer on a new date and all day delivery window eeeeerrrrrrrmmmm madness frustrating a load of shite !!!!!!!

June 10, 2016

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June 10, 2016

Travelling back from Liverpool last Wednesday evening, at a junction to join a major road (A50), I found the road to the right blocked off - ROAD CLOSED the sign said, apparently for white line painting, meaning a 4 mile stretch of road into Holmes Chapel was impassable for some 10 hours. With no other way to go, a yellow "Diversion" sign helpfully (!?!) told me to turn left - apart from reverse, there was no other way to go ! Anyway, obeying instructions, I turn left, and not having seen any more diversion signs for miles, I took a chance & tried to find a way. Eventually I got to a junction - guess what ? "ROAD CLOSED" - 2 guys were standing there, with a truck,"Traffic Management" ( a joke that title). Politely (sort of ) I enquired where the diversion signs were - "they're there" says they - "they're f*****g not" says I - anyway, I was directed away from the scene towards more countryside where I was assured diversion signs would get me to the other side of Holmes Chapel, & back on route. 8 (yes, eight) miles later, driving through narrow cow-crap encrusted lanes, without a clue as to where I was, my satnav finally recognised the area and guided me clear of the line painting & back on track. Random Irritations ? This was far more, I was incensed - how can so-called planners just close off a major road for the night and not signpost an alternative route - even locals were getting lost apparently. I've long been in favour of bringing back hanging, now I'm utterly convinced it should be. John (JKW)

June 10, 2016

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June 10, 2016

Driving to Sheffield today on the motorway, freakin' lorries overtaking each other in all three lanes doing about 2mph more than the vehicle they are trying to pass and taking ages to do so. Queues for hundreds of yards behind them, not a police vehicle in sight!  Doubt they would do anything anyway. Went to Costco who have adopted the US farce of checking your goods against your receipt on the way out. There we were with a huge trolley full of diverse shopping articles and a receipt that was 18 inches long. This numpty takes the receipt and pretends he is actually able to cross check the goods in the full trolley against the receipt in approx 10 seconds. Very polite, charming et al but what a farce. Got home, we live in a cup de sac, some backside has abandoned his car outside our neighbour's house in such a way that we can't get past to our drive. I ring the bell, he is a workman doing something or other. "Won't be two ticks"he says. We wait 2 full minutes. I ring again, same response, I lose it and suggest he either moves his car or I move him! He suggests I am ill mannered but moves the car, I get on my drive and go to have a tete a tete with him to explain to him the error of his ways but am stopped from doing so by she who must be obeyed. Seems at 68 I have to learn to be more patient and understanding. Told to wash her car to get rid of my obvious surfeit of energy, I suggest it's shortly going to rain, nonsense the sky is clear. I wash the car, it buckets down just as I am finished, and I mean it bucketed down. Saved me watering the garden though which is the only good thing about today really except..............I realised life is just too short to get excited about trivial matters and most of us have lots to be thankful for.    


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