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The NHS faces a slow death by propaganda. Don’t let it happen . . .

 

Were you as horrified as I was when The Guardian – of all news outlets – headlined an article with the words, “Hospitals are massively overspending. But more money is not the answer”?

Hospitals are not “massively overspending”. If the money is being used to save lives, then they are not overspending at all.

The only people who could possibly imagine that a health service can overspend are Tories – because they are backward in their priorities; they revere money and consider human lives to be worthless.

NHS Million fixed the Guardian headline for its errant editors:

NHS Million @NHSMillion

The NHS is not overspending, it is underfunded.

Please RT if you know there is a big difference.https://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2018/jun/02/hospitals-are-massively-overspending-but-more-money-is-not-the-answer 

 

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armchair critics might want to suggest that hospitals are overspending because there isn’t enough money in the UK economy at the moment. This is, at best, a mistake. There is plenty of money – it is held in offshore bank accounts and other financial instruments owned by rich supporters of the Conservative Party.

Rachael Swindon @Rachael_Swindon

A report out during the week said the NHS deficit is about £1 billion in the red. A huge sum of money, and twice as much as expected, yet nothing compared to the £3 billion we let the Duke of Westminster avoid in Tax through various trusts. This really can’t go on.


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nybody who wants to say that these people are entitled to the money they have should be reminded that wages have been pushed below subsistence level by the Tories over the last eight years. Fatcat businesspeople with offshore accounts, trusts or whatever should be made to pay a living wage to all employees before taking their massive cut to HMRC for a proper assessment of their tax obligation. Then they can do whatever they want with what’s left.

The increased amount of money that would then go to the Treasury could be used to reverse some of the nightmare statistics the Mirror published about Jeremy Hunt’s nightmarish career as the UK’s longest-serving Health Secretary.

A cursory glance at it shows that his decisions make no sense. Waiting times have increased hugely, yet Mr Hunt has cut the number of hospital beds by 7,000. This cannot make sense to anybody.

So to news outlets like The Guardian, our message should be clear:

Don’t give us your pro-Tory propaganda, please! Try reporting the facts instead.

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If you want to read the complete post by Vox Political, please click on this link:

The NHS Faces a Slow Death By Propaganda . . .

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Figures show: No other govt has invested less additional cash in NHS than this . . .

The government’s fall-back when challenged over its failure on the NHS, as worse winter crisis follows winter crisis, is to fall back on its claim that it has ‘put more money into the NHS’ and is spending ‘record amounts’.

Given that any increase represents a new record, the claim is meaningless – the Tories have increased health budgets by far less than the last Labour government and at a completely inadequate level for the needs of the service, as the ongoing A&E crisis and even a recent BBC report demonstrate.

The public is beginning to get wise to the dodge, as the recent reception faced a Tory Minister on a BBC Question Time programme in a Tory heartland demonstrated.

But a far greater increase in awareness is needed – and as a picture paints a thousand words, this may be helpful:

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Please click the following link to read the rest of the article, posted by The Swawkbox today:

Figures show: No other Government have invested less additional Cash in the NHS than This one!

 

 

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The UK government was just found to have violated disabled people’s ‘basic’ human rights. Again . . .

 On Wednesday 24 January an international body reported that the UK government had breached the legal human rights of sick and disabled people. This is now the fifth such report to state this in just 20 months.

The ECSR

A report [pdf “ECSR conclusions for 2017 – UK”] from the European Committee of Social Rights (part of the Council of Europe) details whether the UK government was meeting its legal obligations under the European Social Charter The UK signed up to the Charter in July 1996 [pdf, p3]. It covers fundamentalhuman rights, including those related to employment, housing, health, education, social protection and welfare.

The report covered [pdf, p3] the years 2012 to 2015. And overall, it found the UK government was breaching its legal obligations in two areas.

Failing on welfare

The first breach was of Article 12, the right to social security. The committee found [pdf, p19-22] that many welfare benefits – including Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) – were “manifestly inadequate”. That is, people were not getting enough money to live on and were being left in poverty.

The committee made a point [pdf, p19] of noting that in response to a previous report where it had raised this issue, the UK government:

contests this finding… arguing that the benefit rates are considered in isolation, without taking into account the safety net of other benefits and credits available.

But the committee once again disagreed. It said [pdf, p20] that all the benefits mentioned left people below the poverty line, even with “other benefits and credits”. Therefore, this is an automatic breach of the Charter [pdf, p20].

 

 

Please click on the link below to read the complete article, posted by The Canary:

The UK government was just found to have violated disabled people’s ‘basic’ human rights. Again. ( by Steve Topple)

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How the actual Magic Money Tree Works

I read this article in The Guardian How the Actual Magic Money Tree Works, and it made it so very clear that either Tory MP’s are abysmally ignorant of practically everything financial (except, of course, how to make sure that they get all the savings they make, from financially ruining the poor), or they are habitually lying through their teeth when they deny that there IS a Magic Money Tree.

I know which one I’d choose!

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DWP Loses Fight To Stop Claimants Appealing, But Tries To Cover Up Possible Differences Between Atos and Capita PIP Assessments . . .

I belong to an online group, called Benefits and Work, and they have been an amazingly accurate way for me to find out exactly what my rights are as a disabled person.

I get emails from them regularly, mostly when they get updates in the Law, and especially when it concerns the DWP. So their latest email gave me this following news, which made me feel so angered at the sheer waste of money being allowed to continue, while the same people accuse anyone claiming any sort of benefit as losers, users, and any other pejorative phrases they can think up – and all of this, in the so-called pursuit of saving money – by spending far too many pounds, in saving mere pennies!

The way in that the DWP are spending our Tax money, especially as it involves blocking as many vulnerable people as possible from claiming the benefits they are entitled to, is a crime, and it’s about time some Body took them to court over the disasterous actions the DWP have taken, and continue to tak, despite being shown, continuously, all the proof against their austerity-driven actions.

Here’s what they have to say about it all, with a link, immediately below, straight to their Latest News page:

DWP Loses Fight To Stop Claimants Appealing But Tries To Cover Up Possible Differences Between Atos and Capita PIP Assessments

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Dear Reader,

Welcome back to the first newsletter following our summer break.

We hope you had a peaceful, if possibly rather damp, summer.

Sadly, it’s clear that peace is the last thing that the DWP has in mind. More so now than ever before, the DWP is determined to fight every attempt to challenge its decisions or to get it to disclose information.

It is an agency remorselessly at war with the people it is supposed to support.

APPEALS UNLAWFULLY BLOCKED
So, in this update, we have news of the fight the DWP have put up to prevent claimants who are late asking for a mandatory reconsideration from getting to an appeal.

Entirely unlawfully, the DWP has been blocking people from appealing if they miss the one month deadline for asking for a mandatory reconsideration. In truth, the deadline can be extended by a further year where the claimant has good cause for being late. But the DWP had decided that it was up to them to be the judge of whether the claimant had a good reason for missing the deadline and that tribunals shouldn’t be allowed any say in whether they could hear the case.

Happily, a panel of three upper tribunal judges have now said that the DWP must stop preventing claimants from exercising their lawful right to appeal. The case involved ESA, but will apply to all other benefits too.

MILLIONS SPENT ON ESA APPEALS
The Independent, meanwhile, has managed to get the DWP to hand over details of how much they have spent on trying to stop people getting ESA. And, in particular, on fighting appeals against sanctions of sick and disabled claimants ESA.

The cost to the taxpayer has been a staggering £39 million. And that’s just the DWP’s costs. It doesn’t include to cost of the tribunals themselves.

The fact that the DWP has been losing over two thirds of these cases doesn’t discourage them in the slightest.

Far from it. According to the Independent, spending on ESA appeals has increased by 77% in 2017.

WCA REPORT BLOCKED
We also have news of the DWP refusing to accept the ruling of the Information Commissioner that they must publish a report that shows how well Maximus, and Atos before them, carry out work capability assessments.

The reason the DWP have given for the refusal?

Publication of the report could‘give a perception of under-performance’ which could ‘damage the reputation and standing of the companies involved’.

In other words, they don’t want anyone to know how bad things are, so they are trying to use commercial confidentiality as a reason for withholding the truth.

The matter will now be decided by an information tribunal.

PIP GUIDANCE WITHHELD
Then there’s the fight that Benefits and Work is having with the DWP, which is currently on its way to the Information Commissioner.

We’ve asked to see guidance and training materials used by Atos in relation to PIP assessments.

One of the things we want to discover is whether Atos and Capita are following the same procedures or whether the outcome of your assessment depends in part on what area of the country you are living in.

The DWP are fighting to withhold the documents, however.

Their reason?

You’ve probably guessed it: the information is, in some unexplained way, commercially confidential.

The matter is now going to the Information Commissioner and then, quite possibly, to an information tribunal.

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Well, as you can see, the DWP really don’t care in the least just how much Taxpayer’s money they squander – just as long as they can continue getting their own way, and causing the maximum hell to every single person who has to deal with them 😦

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Jeremy Corbyn on Everything . . .

I’ve not often sat to listen to political videos, but came across one on a post by  Beastrabban.

It’s an interview between Owen Jones and Jeremy Corbyn, and lasts around 45 minutes but, if you really want to know the thoughts and ideas of Jeremy Corbyn, then you should listen to it, and see what a difference he could make to us all.

Here’s the link to the interview through Owen Jone’s Youtube account, if you want to watch it directly:

Owen Jones Interviews Jeremy Corbyn

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Friday. A bottle of cordial and Gills tin of beans.  

At this time when there are too many people out there who consider a bottle of juice, or even a tin of beans, a luxury, everyone needs to examine what they want in the future, for our society.
Hopefully, a majority will think of the suffering happening every day, here in the UK, before they tick their box on the 8th of June!

The poor side of life

This is somewhat different to the usual weekly blog that I write. I don’t often write about events outside the weekly demo, to be honest I wasn’t sure that my readers would want to read it. But I thought I’d tell you anyway. Some might want to listen.

I was awoken quite early by a crank call, made by someone for reasons known only to themselves. They appeared to find it humorous to make fun of what we do, and the help that we give to people. Some people are very strange, and sadly this isn’t unusual its become par of the course. I don’t take it to heart and I did report it.

You see, in the over 3 1/2 years that I’ve been doing this I have encountered many negative things. Name calling, swearing, being told by G4S that they were going to knock myself and a friend…

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