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The Impotence of Our NHS……

7 Apr

‘First and foremost I must stress that there are many caring and hard overworked professionals working for our NHS (NB: OUR NHS, not THE NHS). It will come as no surprise that the problems lie with a group of technocrats who see anything and everything as a business opportunity, including wars, poverty and our health……’

 

Compartmentalisation……

 

Opening services up to ‘competitive’ tendering, or the lowest bidder as you or I would call it, does nothing to improve a patient’s experience or smooth their journey through the system. In practice it may seem like a good idea but without implementing efficient communication protocols leaves the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing. This is particularly damaging for mental health and welfare services and, furthermore, it is potentially dangerous as the patients who need these services are often the least able to negotiate the system when breakdowns occur, and they frequently do……

 

Healthcare Tennis……

 

It may have taken 77 years for a Brit to win Wimbledon but the NHS are world class champions at ‘health’ tennis. GPs refer patients to secondary, probably outsourced service who return serve by referring them back. In the mixed doubles version of ‘health’ tennis it becomes more akin to a game of squash, where patients feel they are bounced around until dizziness, or a lack of a diagnosis causes them to collapse and die. The coroner’s report with doubtless score the game as ‘Deuce’; possibly Advantage to the Chancellor……

 

Tapping the Virgin Oil……

 

The first press holds the most value in the world of Olives just as it does in healthcare. Simply cream off the conveyor belt the in and out 10 minute cases and listen to the tills ringing. Refer the ‘second press’ that requires filtering to tennis association……

 

The Benefit of Hindsight……

 

Take a look at every business or industry that has been privatised, which is what is happening to the NHS by stealth, and ask one simple question; is it more efficient, cheaper, convenient and customer friendly? Gas, Electricity, Phones, Railways, Water [ad infinitum]; none of these have returned competitive prices, improved customer services or, for that matter, any benefit that is apparent to most of us. They have delivered higher share prices, dividends and ‘gifts’ to their friendly MPs, who after loosing their seats and spending a couple of years quietly enjoying the fruits of their labour, end up as ‘consultants’, ‘honouree boards members’ and ‘directors without portfolio’, paid for doing absolutely nothing……

 

Your Government does not care about you, your health, wellbeing or quality of life. They are, with a few exceptions like Dennis Skinner and the late Tony Benn, a den of thieves and it is high time the public revolted and the re-appearance of ‘Madam Guillotine’ took centre stage. I’m perfectly happy to apply for the job of ‘rope cutter’ should it become available……

 

Political Jargon Decoded……

 

Looking forwards:     We have failed miserably and done nothing…

Public Enquiry:          By the time this is over everyone will have forgotten…

In the next Parliament:         Empty promises to get us re-elected…

People who want to work hard and get on:          As opposed to the millions who want to do nothing and not get on? (I’ve yet to meet one)

 

The Manifesto in a Nutshell…..

 

One: We will reduce welfare (most of which goes to retired and working people) but we’ll give the impression it’s unemployed people who don’t want to work.

 

Two: We’ll tackle immigration. Give the appearance that all of the country’s problems are caused by those pesky foreigners.

 

Three: There is no three…

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Big Brother – Beware……

18 Feb

The Care Data Project – A Snoopers Charter……BB_Eye_01

During these times of austerity our Government has announced its latest hugely expensive, unnecessary and intrusive IT project, which based on their track record will cost three times as much as has been budgeted for and not work……

The new database will include medical information collected from your GP and hospital records.  It is unclear if this a re-launch of a proposal made at the start of the coalition or something entirely unconnected.  But, like the last attempt, it is an ‘opt out’ rather than ‘opt in’ system.

nhs_logoThe proposed database is intended to improve patient outcomes and, although the data stored will be anonymous, it is not beyond the capability of hackers to trace its source.  It is unclear at this stage who will have legitimate access to the information stored and as we have learnt, it is not beyond major multinational companies to employ dubious and illegal methods to obtain whatever they need……

GPs have expressed concerns over the new database and although it is reported to be ‘anonymous’, the Police can access the database under certain circumstances; no specific details of what circumstances would warrant this……

The Pharmaceutical industry would also have access.big-brother-01

Cost Benefit Analysis……

In yet another disturbing story, the Government is pushing the BMA and NICE to apply a cost benefit analysis to the prescribing of some medications.  There has been talk of withholding medications from older people.  Although it may be beneficial for the patient, their contribution to society may not be as good as that of a younger man with the same condition.  It is almost as if they are regarding us as batteries……

‘Since writing this article is has become clear that this IT project is the one previously……’

 

The original article was entitled ’The Snoopers Charter (Cont’d)’ posted on 28 December……

Addiction, Corruption and Democracy……

12 Sep

The National Health Service is letting down large groups in society because of the Government’s inability to act on the advice of specialist healthcare professionals whilst impeding progress to service improvements with endless committees, reports and commissions.  This is particularly true of Drug and Alcohol services despite a unanimous consensus that the current status quo isn’t working and which has a detrimental effect on communities, businesses and the legal system……

House of Commons Affairs Committee……

As if any further demonstration was needed, after a year long enquiry into drugs and addiction, which reported to the fingers-in-earsCommons Affair Committee earlier this year, Keith Vaz recommended the immediate setting up a special Royal Commission as it was a ‘critical, now or never moment for serious reform’ and should report by 2015.  All he has achieved by making this recommendation is a delay in any action being taken until 2015, or later.  The Prime Minister, David Cameron, dismissed the call when one week earlier his deputy, Nick Clegg, backed the call, telling the BBC that is was time to break the conspiracy of silence in which serving politicians shy away from a proper discussion on drug policy……

The UK Drugs Policy Commission……

The UKPDC was given six years to look into drug and alcohol services.  Its remit has now come to an end.  The full report can be downloaded as a PDF file by clicking here.

In brief the UKDPC conclusions are not that different from many of the reports the Government has commissioned.  They say the way in which we collect and analyse evidence is woefully inadequate and that holds back cost effective policies. They also refer to the systems used in Canada where users are provided with a clean, monitored environment in which to use their drugs.  Their report also highlights the disjointed approach to tackling drug and alcohol problems where the Police, Mental Health Services, Family Services and other agencies don’t work in tandem on the problem……

Burying your Head in the Sand……

Current Policy

Current Policy

Some readers may remember Prof. David Nutt who was the Government’s Chief Advisor on drug policy.  Prof. Nutt proposed alternatives to the ‘standard’ Methadone or Subutex treatments that are use in the UK, advocating instead the use of Dia-Morphine.  This was not the ‘advice’ that the Government wanted to hear, so they sacked Prof. Nutt and found an ‘advisor’ that agreed with their limited vision toward drug treatments……

Drugs Don’t Kill People, Policies Do……

Heroin is the street name for Dia-Morphine, a drug that is used in hospitals every day.  It has a very low impact on the body and is no more dangerous than a Paracetamol.  The damage caused to Heroin addicts is not caused by the drug, rather the lifestyle that goes with it.  Finding the money to pay for it causes crime.  The drug is acquired illicitly and may be contaminated which causes the health issues, as does the cross contamination from sharing equipment.  The illicit nature of the drug means that the user does not know how strong it is, which can lead to overdose.  The list goes on.  If, like Prof. Nutt suggested, it was provided on prescription all of the potential harms are removed or controlled.  But ‘Prescribe Heroin to Heroin addicts’ is not the recommendation the politicians wanted.  It is a political hot potato so it is easier to continue with the status quo, even if that has an impact on the legal system with people being burgled, shoplifting, supporting organised crime and terrorism etc.

So, there is the political answer.  Rather than saving lives, reducing crime and offering what has been proven in all peer reviewed trials to be an effective treatment, MPs want the current situation to continue for fear of unpopularity amongst some ‘Sun’ readers.

The same self serving attitudes are the reason they don’t want to ban cigarette advertising or minimum alcohol pricing; 1, popularity and 2, upsetting their paymasters……

We’re all in this Together……

Only we’re not.  Very few of us earn £80,000 per year, with another £135,000 expenses to cover our first class travel, luxury business lunches and mandatory second homes.  Very few of us have ‘consultancy’ jobs paying £1,500 per hour for 2 hours asqcomp08 week and very few of us are given gifts to go to the Chelsea Flower Show with a champagne lunch thrown in.  And, very few of us have work contract that is completely blank and allows us act as we see fit.  Finally, very few of us get a whole years wages when we loose our jobs and go on to work for some of the ‘friends’ we made when we were in power.

Is it any surprise that the Government are unable to close the tax loopholes that allow billions to go unpaid or that they we able to find billions to bail out the privately held banks that are still returning large payouts to shareholders and multi-million pound remuneration packages for their employees.  I distinctly remember David Cameron state ‘No banker will receive more than £2000 as a bonus’ under his leadership; maybe I imagined it……

Democracy……

The will of the people, no, democracy; an old boy network that act in their own interest and in the interest of companies and people who will be of use to them when they loose their seat, as they inevitably will……

‘If only we were all in it together……’

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Paul Lamb Continues Tony Nicklinson’s Case in the Court of Appeal……

15 May

‘Brave Paul Lamb and one other person simply known as ‘Martin’ have been given permission to continue the case of Tony Nicklinson who passes away last year shortly after loosing his case.  Tony was seeking immunity from prosecution for any medical professional assisting him to end his life.  Paul, like Tony, due to their medical conditions where not in a position to take this step without help due to the physical restrictions of their respective illnesses……’

Background……

Both Paul and Tony are the latest in a long line of people who feel that their quality of life has been so profoundly affected by their medical conditions that they feel either now, or at some unspecified point in the future, being able to end their lives with dignity and without pain is their right as autonomous human beings.  The premise behind making such a decision is based upon several understandable factors.  First and foremost is the pain many of them are subjected to on a daily basis.  Secondly, the quality of life they have to endure, in that they are not able to perform even the basic everyday tasks without assistance including going to the bathroom, feeding them self, moving around and some cases even communicating with loved ones.

There is also the question of deterioration in medical condition which the courts seem to take no account of.  If deterioration in health was a new factor, they would be faced with challenging the legal decision all over again.

Like so many before them and one fear many to follow, the steadfast judgements of the courts seem to operate within a ‘one size fits all’ methodology with one issue at its core.  That being the potential for abuse of the law and the vulnerabilities  of certain groups within society who, for whatever reason, may be ‘victims’ of a law permitting euthanasia under certain circumstances……

In the Real World……

Whilst the courts have to give consideration to vulnerable groups and any potential abuse of a carte blanche law permitting assisted dying, I feel we are intelligent enough as a society to make a clear distinction between people like Paul and Tony who are clearly capably of making their feeling known and vulnerable groups who may be acting under duress from others.

The law does not have to be ‘black and white’ and courts could employ the services of Doctors and Mental Health Professionals to establish the merits of each case on a one by one basis.  It is not beyond the courts to identify people who are clearly of sound mind to express when they feel their lives hold no quality and dignity, with little chance of improvement, and to humanly grant them their wish to end them, any more so than to recognise when the plaintiff is requesting such an action under duress.

I am not suggesting a change in law that makes possible the indiscriminate euthanasia of ever sick person but a simplified process under which a judgement can be made without causing delay and upset to those involved.

NIMBYism……

It seems that the opposition to a process which allows ill people the right to end their own lives has fallen foul of the nimbyism which is apparent in many other legal matters and works on the principal that individuals and Judges are not capable of reaching rational decisions.  This is clearly not the case.  Our humanity should allow us to accommodate special circumstances especially when people are suffering……

What can you do……?

 

I have written a ‘Living Will’ of ‘Advance Directive’ to give it its proper name.  It’s quite a simple document that lays out what you want to happen in the event that you should be unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident and unable to make your feelings known.  They are quite straight forward and give instructions on resuscitation and artificial life support.  There is space for you to put a statement of your beliefs and allows you to nominate a proxy, to whom you should make your feelings known.  They can act for you if you are unconscious and not able to make your feeling known at the time.

Although an Advance Directive is not ideal if you feel strongly about this issue, it is a good thing to have in place.  Mine can be seen at the bottom of the post but it is important to print out and give copies to those concerned……

And Finally……

Until the brave battles being fought by Paul Lamb and that of Tony Nicklinson set any precedent in law there is little we can do.  I wish Paul, Martin, Jane Tomlinson and the many others fighting for dignity all the best and hope their tenacity pays off……

My Advance Directive……

ADVANCE DIRECTIVE – Blanks Left to Respect Privacy……

THIS LIVING WILL is made on the 12th day of May 2013.

I:  STEPHEN P_____ W_____ of 1, G_____ D_____, B__________ H____, L______, LN4 ___.  Born on:  3rd February 19__

Being of sound mind make this Advance Directive now as to my medical care and treatment directed to my family, my doctors and any other medical personnel, institution or authority in the event that I shall be unable to make my views known at any time.

I DIRECT as follows:

My life shall not be artificially prolonged and no life sustaining treatment shall be administered, if at any time my attending doctor, consultant or surgeon and one independent medical practitioner certify in writing that in their opinion:

 

a) I have a terminal, incurable or irreversible injury, disease or illness; or

b) I am permanently unconscious, comatose, in a persistent vegetative state with no reasonable chance of recovery; and

c) I am no longer able to make decisions regarding my medical treatment.

In the above circumstances I wish to be permitted to die naturally and to only receive such medical treatment as will alleviate any pain or distressing symptoms so as to make me more comfortable even if this has the effect of shortening my life.

EXCEPTING as follows:

If I have elected to end my own life and have taken steps to bring about this, in the event that I am found I wish to be allowed to die with no medical intervention whatsoever.  I believe this is my right as suicide is permitted in law.  The terms of the above directive shall also apply in this circumstance.

APPOINTMENT OF PROXY

I appoint S____ G______ of 11, S___________ H_____, S____ E__, L______, as my proxy to be involved in all decisions about my medical treatment if I am physically or mentally unable to make my views known. The wishes of S____ G______ should be respected at all times and I confirm that she is fully aware of my wishes.

IN WITNESS of which I have set my hand to this my living will on the day month and year first above written.

SIGNED by the above named in our presence and by us in his/hers.

 

Maker of Living Will

 

Signed:                                                 [Person making living will sign here]

 

Proxy

Signed:                                                 [Proxy sign here]

 

First Witness

Signed:                                                 [First Witness sign here]

Name: [Insert first witness name]

Address:          [Insert address of first witness]

Occupation:     [Insert occupation]

Second Witness

Signed:                                                 [Second Witness sign here]

Name: [Insert second witness name]

Address:          [Insert address of second witness]

Occupation:     [Insert occupation]

The Man with Half a Brain……

18 Apr

‘Surprisingly, this article isn’t about the Chancellor of the Exchequer but I’m sure he would meet the criteria.  It’s about me, the man with half a brain; well almost……’

Background……

On a sunny June morning in 2011 I was out with my Mother when something strange happened to me.  My memory is a little vague in the lead up to and aftermath of the events of that day but this is what I do recall.

We were walking down the street about 300 yards from home when I began to feel a bit dizzy.  I sat on the floor, thinking it would pass and may have been as a result of my tendency towards being somewhat manic.  It didn’t.  Then I remember my vision becoming altered, which I apparently reported to my Mother.  Having dabbled with some hallucinogenic substances in my youth I can safely say the visual disturbance was like no ‘trip’ I’d ever experienced.  Next, I remember not being able to make sense of what was in front of me; I could see it but it was like looking at a 2D picture of the world.  The next thing I remember was waking up in an ambulance and not knowing where I was or what had happened.

My Mother later relayed the series of events to me.  She told me I had said ‘everything looks weird’, then my eyes rolled up into my head and I had a seizure which went on for around two minutes.  It was described as what one imagines a ‘classical’ Epileptic seizure to be; arms and legs twitching uncontrollably, foaming at the mouth and making strange noises.  To me this was a blank, for my Mother it was quite distressing and worrying.  A concerned passer by called for an ambulance and we were taken to A and E at the local hospital……

Diagnosis……

The doctors performed a CT scan, extracted the obligatory blood sample but didn’t take an EEG which, as I have now discovered due to the surprise of a specialist mental health nurse, was a strange omission for a patient presenting with my pathology.  The result was relayed to me at the time as being as ‘small’ benign cyst as the possible cause.  They suggested keeping me in over night but I felt okay and, knowing what it’s like to lay in a hospital bed, unnoticed, waiting eons for a doctor to discharge you, I made the decision to go home.  A follow up appointment was made with a Consultant Neurologist a couple of weeks later.  The only apparent damage at that time was a lump on my head and a few grazes as the result of keeling over and ‘tweaking’ on a pavement in shorts and a T-shirt, plus a feeling that I had pulled the muscles in my arms and legs, presumably as a result of the spasms.

Until the follow up appointment I had not seen the CT scan.  Perhaps now is a good time to refer you to the image (below).  It isn’t the actual scan of my head, as you don’t get a copy without some considerable expense, it is a ‘photo-shopped’ approximation but I assure you it’s fairly accurate.  Taken from the bottom looking up, the large void is in the left hand side, level with my ears, extending toward my eyes.

CT Scan - Cross Section

CT Scan – Cross Section

My Mother attended the appointment with me and explained the bits I was unaware of.  I gave them all the information I could with regard to the lead up and weird visual stuff.  There were two consultants present and they did what I assume is the usual ‘follow my finger’ stuff and shone lights in my eyes.  It was when they turned on the monitor to show me the CT scan that my alarm bells rang.  As they scrolled up and down the images I stopped them and asked them to confirm that I was seeing what I thought I was seeing.  They confirmed that I was and that the large black area that filled almost one quarter of my head was the cyst.  However, the cyst was benign and ‘unlikely’ to have caused the seizure.  Instead, it was concluded, that a reduction in prescription medication was the culprit but they would monitor the cyst to check for any changes.

Now I’m not a neurologist but I know a little about CT scans.  Anything suspicious like a tumour shows up white, like normal brain only with more solidity.  Anything containing fluid shows up black like a cyst, so I wasn’t particularly worried that I was imminently about to keel over and die from a brain tumour.  But the presence of a large black void in your head is unnerving and it did seem to be somewhat of a coincidence that a seizure caused by a reduction in medication just happened out of the blue and was in no way connected to the cyst.  Still, off I went happy in the knowledge that they intended to monitor it; until that is I received a letter explaining their diagnosis and discharging me without any follow up appointments……

The Un-Merry go Round……

I have had quite a lot of experience with doctors, in particular with mental health issues that have worsened over time.  And, despite having been prescribed more different types of anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medications that you can shake a proverbial stick at, nothing has alleviated my suffering.  During this time, which is around 20 years or so, every symptom, emotion and behaviour has been blamed on mental health issues.  Despite endless attempts to get help from the medical establishment it is like being on a merry-go-round where any alteration in one area is blamed on another, to the point at which I’ve stopped seeking help because it seems like a pointless exercise but then I had an unexpected revelation……

Perhaps I’m not Mad After all……

During a recent circuit of the merry-go-round I was referred to the local Community Mental Health Team for (yet another) assessment.  In my last encounter with the mental health specialists they stated that I had ‘too many complex factors impacting on mental health’ which I interpreted as ‘you’re too mad for us to do anything with’.  However, this time around the lady who did the assessment was startled to find out that I had a brain cyst that was not being monitored and she was the one who asked if I had ever had an EEG?  Having explained the many varied and strange symptoms I experience she though I should be referred to a Clinical Psychologist to establish any possible link.  Over that past few years I have had problems with my memory, blackouts and have been prone to rapid and dramatic swings of emotion, including having an extremely short fuse; all well documented symptoms of a brain cysts and all previously blamed on depression, anxiety or as the side effect of taking, or not taking drugs……

‘So maybe there is some light at the end of the very long and debilitating tunnel through which I have been travelling for so long.  The prospect of brain surgery doesn’t fill me with joy but if I can be put back to how I was before this all started 20 years ago, count me in……..’

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Squeezed Out of Existence……

24 Jan

Globalisation and Homogenisation……

Take a look at the ‘society’ we have become, or more accurately, we have been moulded into, from government departments to banks, insurance companies, utility service providers, in fact almost every aspect of contemporary life has been given the blanket approach to dealing with the public.  All of the 0845 non-geographical telephone numbers that connect you to an efficient, cheap to run and impersonal call centre, used by almost all large companies and government departments, only have the ability to cope with the most simple of enquires.  Anything that doesn’t have a box to tick is beyond the scope of the badly paid and highly pressured staff to deal with.  Escalation to a higher power usually returns little and I’m sure there is a majority like me that simply cannot bare the stress of attempting to resolve their problems and quit, having had their mental illness tested to  breaking point.

You are left feeling, anxious, demoralised and unable to cope.

If, for example, you have a hearing impairment, legislation dictates that the organisation have to provide access to services or, should you be a wheelchair user, ramps  are a legal requirement for access.  However, if you suffer from a mental health condition such as chronic bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, feature on the Autistic Spectrum or have a complicated combination of mental health issues which is not unusual, you are at the mercy of the machine.  Sadly, mental health services have fallen victim to the machinery of statistics and the ‘tick box’ culture.  The very people charged with supporting you are effectively paralysed.

Driven to the Brink……

I have some personal experience of mental health services and know others who have.  A friend with a history of suicide attempts; she genuinely wanted to die and was not ‘crying’ for help, was in the throws of an incident when she felt she could not cope and was planning another attempt, was fortunately lucid enough to call the Crisis Management Team of the local CMHS and was advised to ‘go for a walk’.  Thankfully, somebody happened to call on her during her attempt and was able talk to her and defuse the situation.  This does not absolve the Crisis Team of responsibility.  Stretched they may be.  Working with budget cuts may feature but what use is a Crisis Management Team who’s idea of managing an imminent suicide attempt from someone known to them with a history of serious mental health problems is to, ‘go for a walk’ does not cut it……

A Policy of Persecution……

A mental heath problem can be debilitating.  It may not manifest in the same way an outwardly obvious physical health problem but is just as serious.  In their drive to save money on the welfare bill the government have taken to persecuting some very ill people through the £100m contract they have with Atos Healthcare, a French IT company.  They are finding thousands of people ‘fit for work’ based on a brief interview and without any information from the doctors and consultants that are treating them.  Recent figures have shown thousands have died within 3 months of being told they are ‘fit for work’, or before their appeals against the unprofessional decisions have been heard.  This clearly demonstrates the reality of process.  They have been tasked with reducing the number of claimants and to ensure they keep the lucrative contract are obliging.  This was exposed by Channel 4s Dispatches program when a doctor went under-cover to the Atos training camp, where they were told in no uncertain terms that, in one case, if you have one are and one finger on that arm, you can press a button and are therefore fit to work.

The most sickening part of this whole debacle is that the money they save pales into insignificance when compared to the industrial scale tax avoidance which the legislator do not seem to be dedicating many resources to stamp out.  Far be it from me to insinuate that they have a vested interest in protecting these huge multi-national companies, even though many ex-MPs become consultants and lobbyists for them when their political careers are over.  The political classes, with the exception of a handful, are completely out of touch with the realities of life and akin to a corrupt mafia as has been demonstrated by the Leveson report and the exposure of the close relationship between bankers, the media and the police.  The tip of a sycophantic iceberg is all we see……

One More Push and a new Statistic will Appear……

My own mental health ranges from states of being catatonic to manic, via obsession and punctuated with addiction.  The argument that addiction is a choice is not invalid; however, my addiction to Valium, Opiates and other depressant drugs is as a result of the lack of intervention when I pleaded for it.  Having had absolutely no help, I began ‘self medicating’ to switch off the mania and anxiety that was driving me toward an early death.  Referral to Drug and Alcohol Services is a joke as they fail to follow even the most fundamental rules set out by NICE and the NTA.  In 20 years I have been stuck on a maintenance prescription with little psycho-social intervention which is a prerequisite in the treatment advice given and the occasional meeting with a key worker does not meet the threshold required in the guidelines …..

Everyday I die a little more and become ever further detached from society.  The black and white I see is a choice to carry on fighting a loosing battle with the establishment, to no avail or, to take the other route out and die so I no longer have to wake up every day and within a few seconds of opening my eyes, realising the untenable nature of living for livings sake.  When I am found dangling from the end of a rope I will have a note that explains the failings of all the many and varying services that were supposed to help.  They will doubtless chalk it up to my mental health and not the failings that lead me here……

‘Only time will tell if and when I defer to making an exit but I have an idealised plan which could be put into action at any time, maybe after taking that walk’……

The Nanny State……

3 Jan

Whatever Next…..?

 

A report by what is laughably referred to as a ‘think tank’ has suggested that Doctors should be able to prescribe exercise and those who fail to follow the advice they could have their benefits cut.  This comes after yesterday’s revelation that the NHS should ‘crackdown’ on expensive medications in a bid to cut £8 billion from GPs budgets……

 

Do the same Rules Apply to MPs…..?

 

Why this new Orwellian suggestion only applies to people in receipt of benefits I don’t know but we had a little ‘think tank’ of our own and found that the tax payer would make a substantial saving on the MPs expenses bill if some of their over weight colleagues spent a bit less on the food that they clearly don’t need and shouldn’t be allowed to claim for anyway.  There is also a substantial saving to be made on fuel if ministerial cars didn’t have to lug fat MPs like Eric ‘no neck’ Pickles around when on official business……

 

Why Stop with Fat People…..?

 

We should refuse to treat smokers with chest infections, DIY ‘enthusiasts’ who cut off bits of themselves, girls who wear high heels and break their ankles and car crash victims, after all, it was their choice to drive.

 

This is yet another demonstration of the degree of stupidity that officials with nothing better to do can come up with to try and save the ‘poor hard pressed tax payer’ some money.  If we really are that short, which we are bound to be due to the fact that all ‘money’ borrowed by our Government comes with interest attached and will never be repaid, then here’s a few suggestions on how to save some:  Get rid of the monarchy or let it spend it’s huge personal fortune looking after itself.  Stop spending billions of pounds fighting wars, in countries that half of the MPs couldn’t even find on a map, on the false pretence that it’ll stop 2 non-descript, non-geographical ‘terrorists’ from attacking us.  Stop the scandalous expenses scam that MPs are milking for every penny they can get their corrupt grubby little fingers on and, finally, stop fucking telling people what to eat, when to fart, how fast to drive, how much to drink and what drugs not to take.  Just one last tip or two to get us out the shit that you got us into; tax corporations, don’t waste money on ‘think tanks’, sporting events that no-one gets to see, don’t give charity for dictators to pocket and if you really, really, really want to help; make Sodium Thiopental available over the counter, and take some……