Saving the NHS

Saving the NHS

Saving the NHS

First published in Letters by

EVEN now, the Lib Dems could stop the Tories taking over our NHS, for their profiteering private paymasters, by ending the Coalition. It would win them votes at the looming election.

The latest Bill being slipped through by the Tories gives them freedom to close any hospital without a thought for the millions who can’t afford private medical care and whose very lives depend on their NHS hospitals.

We can’t stop them; the Lib Dems could.

George Appleby, Leighton Croft, Clifton, York.

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1:57pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Like all political parties the Lib Dems exist to get power. The coalition allows them to get the semblance of power so, unfortunately, they will sacrifice whatever principles they have in order to hang onto that power. This will continue till the next General Election when they will find any excuse they can to disassociate themselves from Tory policies. Maybe I am just cynical.
Like all political parties the Lib Dems exist to get power. The coalition allows them to get the semblance of power so, unfortunately, they will sacrifice whatever principles they have in order to hang onto that power. This will continue till the next General Election when they will find any excuse they can to disassociate themselves from Tory policies. Maybe I am just cynical. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 11

5:35pm Sat 1 Mar 14

petethefeet says...

Waste in the NHS is endemic. I briefly worked on the patients-records implementation and I never did find out who supplied the drugs to the party that conceived it. Safe-to-say, it cost over 10 billion more than it should have. Now have a look-around and note the closing pharmacies. The co-op cited it as one of their areas of loss-making. What is happening is that there is drive going on in the NHS to reduce the cost of drugs through the prescribing of generic drugs, etc. Didn't you ever wonder why so many surgeries opened their own pharmacies? They had their snouts in the trough.
Waste in the NHS is endemic. I briefly worked on the patients-records implementation and I never did find out who supplied the drugs to the party that conceived it. Safe-to-say, it cost over 10 billion more than it should have. Now have a look-around and note the closing pharmacies. The co-op cited it as one of their areas of loss-making. What is happening is that there is drive going on in the NHS to reduce the cost of drugs through the prescribing of generic drugs, etc. Didn't you ever wonder why so many surgeries opened their own pharmacies? They had their snouts in the trough. petethefeet
  • Score: -9

11:19am Sun 2 Mar 14

George Appleby says...

There always has been and will be money to be made in the NHS by business. I worked for my uncle, a fruit and veg retailer and wholesaler. We supplied the Northallerton hospital, as we did the prison after the war in the 50s. The same applies to other products necessary to run them.

For the last 3 weeks, for Sylvia Monday to Friday, we have been atending St James hospital in Leeds for lung, cancer radiotherapy, from York by car. A wonderful hospital staffed by wonderful people with wonderful equipment and skills. We see the consultant again in 6 weeks to see where we go from there.

Everywhere you go in the hospital you see opportunities which must be taken up by some business or other. Sign writing, phones, computers, furniture, buildings, parking facilities, uniforms etc, etc.

Everybody is busy and going about with purposeful focus. It has to be saved for the life of the whole nation. Those who prefure to pay mor for exclusive care are free to to do so, and good luck to them. For many high tech treatments, they often have no choice but to revert to the NHS hospital. No charge.

Millions like my wife and I, 85 year old, have paid our full dues over an unbroken working life for the benefits we now need in our old age. Some would say we are living longer than was envisioned way back in the 50s when we started our working life. GOOD AND LONG MAY IT CONTINUE!!!!

Our children and grandchildren are paying now and our 10 great grandchildren will take up the batton soon. They will not begrudge us what we now need, nor should they!

OUR NHS MUST BE SAVED FROM THE TORIES AND THEIR PAYMASTERS AT ALL COSTS!!!,
There always has been and will be money to be made in the NHS by business. I worked for my uncle, a fruit and veg retailer and wholesaler. We supplied the Northallerton hospital, as we did the prison after the war in the 50s. The same applies to other products necessary to run them. For the last 3 weeks, for Sylvia Monday to Friday, we have been atending St James hospital in Leeds for lung, cancer radiotherapy, from York by car. A wonderful hospital staffed by wonderful people with wonderful equipment and skills. We see the consultant again in 6 weeks to see where we go from there. Everywhere you go in the hospital you see opportunities which must be taken up by some business or other. Sign writing, phones, computers, furniture, buildings, parking facilities, uniforms etc, etc. Everybody is busy and going about with purposeful focus. It has to be saved for the life of the whole nation. Those who prefure to pay mor for exclusive care are free to to do so, and good luck to them. For many high tech treatments, they often have no choice but to revert to the NHS hospital. No charge. Millions like my wife and I, 85 year old, have paid our full dues over an unbroken working life for the benefits we now need in our old age. Some would say we are living longer than was envisioned way back in the 50s when we started our working life. GOOD AND LONG MAY IT CONTINUE!!!! Our children and grandchildren are paying now and our 10 great grandchildren will take up the batton soon. They will not begrudge us what we now need, nor should they! OUR NHS MUST BE SAVED FROM THE TORIES AND THEIR PAYMASTERS AT ALL COSTS!!!, George Appleby
  • Score: 5

8:33pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Pinza-C55 says...

George Appleby wrote:
There always has been and will be money to be made in the NHS by business. I worked for my uncle, a fruit and veg retailer and wholesaler. We supplied the Northallerton hospital, as we did the prison after the war in the 50s. The same applies to other products necessary to run them.

For the last 3 weeks, for Sylvia Monday to Friday, we have been atending St James hospital in Leeds for lung, cancer radiotherapy, from York by car. A wonderful hospital staffed by wonderful people with wonderful equipment and skills. We see the consultant again in 6 weeks to see where we go from there.

Everywhere you go in the hospital you see opportunities which must be taken up by some business or other. Sign writing, phones, computers, furniture, buildings, parking facilities, uniforms etc, etc.

Everybody is busy and going about with purposeful focus. It has to be saved for the life of the whole nation. Those who prefure to pay mor for exclusive care are free to to do so, and good luck to them. For many high tech treatments, they often have no choice but to revert to the NHS hospital. No charge.

Millions like my wife and I, 85 year old, have paid our full dues over an unbroken working life for the benefits we now need in our old age. Some would say we are living longer than was envisioned way back in the 50s when we started our working life. GOOD AND LONG MAY IT CONTINUE!!!!

Our children and grandchildren are paying now and our 10 great grandchildren will take up the batton soon. They will not begrudge us what we now need, nor should they!

OUR NHS MUST BE SAVED FROM THE TORIES AND THEIR PAYMASTERS AT ALL COSTS!!!,
"Everywhere you go in the hospital you see opportunities which must be taken up by some business or other. Sign writing, phones, computers, furniture, buildings, parking facilities, uniforms etc, etc."
That isn't how it should be though; the NHS is one of the few surviving public utilities we have and it should free at the point of use and every trace of "business" should be stripped from it along with every intrusion of private healthcare schemes along with their nauseating "jump the NHS queues" adverts.
[quote][p][bold]George Appleby[/bold] wrote: There always has been and will be money to be made in the NHS by business. I worked for my uncle, a fruit and veg retailer and wholesaler. We supplied the Northallerton hospital, as we did the prison after the war in the 50s. The same applies to other products necessary to run them. For the last 3 weeks, for Sylvia Monday to Friday, we have been atending St James hospital in Leeds for lung, cancer radiotherapy, from York by car. A wonderful hospital staffed by wonderful people with wonderful equipment and skills. We see the consultant again in 6 weeks to see where we go from there. Everywhere you go in the hospital you see opportunities which must be taken up by some business or other. Sign writing, phones, computers, furniture, buildings, parking facilities, uniforms etc, etc. Everybody is busy and going about with purposeful focus. It has to be saved for the life of the whole nation. Those who prefure to pay mor for exclusive care are free to to do so, and good luck to them. For many high tech treatments, they often have no choice but to revert to the NHS hospital. No charge. Millions like my wife and I, 85 year old, have paid our full dues over an unbroken working life for the benefits we now need in our old age. Some would say we are living longer than was envisioned way back in the 50s when we started our working life. GOOD AND LONG MAY IT CONTINUE!!!! Our children and grandchildren are paying now and our 10 great grandchildren will take up the batton soon. They will not begrudge us what we now need, nor should they! OUR NHS MUST BE SAVED FROM THE TORIES AND THEIR PAYMASTERS AT ALL COSTS!!!,[/p][/quote]"Everywhere you go in the hospital you see opportunities which must be taken up by some business or other. Sign writing, phones, computers, furniture, buildings, parking facilities, uniforms etc, etc." That isn't how it should be though; the NHS is one of the few surviving public utilities we have and it should free at the point of use and every trace of "business" should be stripped from it along with every intrusion of private healthcare schemes along with their nauseating "jump the NHS queues" adverts. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 3

11:10am Mon 3 Mar 14

Zetkin says...

Many people will be aware that the LibDems are holding their spring conference in York this weekend, giving us all a rare opportunity to get out their and tell them face-to-face what we think of their actions over the last four years.

Yorkshire & Humberside TUC has organised a march and rally this Saturday for just that purpose, assembling at 11.00 am to march past the Barbican and through the city centre.

Everyone opposed to the LibDems’ role in the Tories’ austerity programme is encouraged to attend.

I believe an area has been set aside outside the Barbican where a number of protestors can gather and speak with delegates to the conference. As this part of the protest is static, it may be more suitable for elderly people and those with health and mobility issues, who wish to engage directly with any LibDem MPs or ministers who choose to come out and listen.
Many people will be aware that the LibDems are holding their spring conference in York this weekend, giving us all a rare opportunity to get out their and tell them face-to-face what we think of their actions over the last four years. Yorkshire & Humberside TUC has organised a march and rally this Saturday for just that purpose, assembling at 11.00 am to march past the Barbican and through the city centre. Everyone opposed to the LibDems’ role in the Tories’ austerity programme is encouraged to attend. I believe an area has been set aside outside the Barbican where a number of protestors can gather and speak with delegates to the conference. As this part of the protest is static, it may be more suitable for elderly people and those with health and mobility issues, who wish to engage directly with any LibDem MPs or ministers who choose to come out and listen. Zetkin
  • Score: 1

11:11am Mon 3 Mar 14

Zetkin says...

Forgot to say that Saturday's demonstration will be assembling at Clifford's Tower, just round the corner from the Barbican.
Forgot to say that Saturday's demonstration will be assembling at Clifford's Tower, just round the corner from the Barbican. Zetkin
  • Score: 2

8:51pm Mon 3 Mar 14

George Appleby says...

Make it count on Saturday. You have our support!
Make it count on Saturday. You have our support! George Appleby
  • Score: 2

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