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  1. There is an obvious snag to acquiring “ natural immunity” .It means contracting a disease and than getting over it. How you fare depends on the disease - ( It isn’t the best way of dealing with tetanus) ;It depends on you - your state on health, environmental factors , your immunological status .. and other unknown factors which we can still only put in thrvcategory of “luck” Anyone who has casually glanced at tomb stone inscriptions will quickly appreciate that a truly horrifying number of people, especially the new- born and their mothers got infections and very quickly died.Many other young people went on to die of infectious disease such as Scarlet fever, diptheria, cholera , smallpox and tuberculosis . Obviously many acquired immunity and survived - but at a cost .TB scarred lungs and other disability and life-shortning effects such as the widespread brain,kidney and heart sequelae of their “ scarlet fever” infections, or the chronic disability after polio were very common. For well over a hundred years society has struggled to try any ameliorate disease, improve life and postpone death through improved environmental conditions, and medical interventions - Immunisation in particular has been extraordinarily successful in this struggle. These diseases have not gone away.
  2. “Bed Blocker” -a term that would not be acceptable if such casual prejudice and abuse was directed against any other section of our society. These are vulnerable people- They are us, perhaps given a few years. They are not a different species. They should not be used as the scapegoat for the inadequacies of a flawed system. The NHS, born in 1948 was established with the slogan of “Cradle to Grave” care. But .. There is something very fundamental here - and it comes as a real shock to many - especially their relatives: The NHS, for all its very laudable virtues, does not, and never has covered “Social Care ”- ie looking after you if you are unable to do so yourself. And there is the reason for at last some of the “Delayed discharges” The ideal would be a system whereby the funding follows the individual to provide the care they require, whatever their needs, and wherever they need to to receive it.
  3. Attitudes to daily travel are influenced by where you live and your health /mobility. Group 1.A person who lives and works in central London for example, may have ready access to the tube, regular buses and taxis. if they have reasonable health and mobility they might be attracted to use bicycle, e- bike or scooter.For them a car as unessential, even an encumbrance and condemn their use. Group2.A person living in the country may have problems with poor access to public transport. If they have cardiac, respiratory or mobility difficulties, cycling and walking are never going to be realistic options.For them, car use is an essential to have a reasonable quality of life. - A problem can arise if policy makers are group (1) and dismissive of the needs of group( 2)
  4. Attitudes to daily travel are influenced by where you live and your health /mobility. Group 1.A person who lives and works in central London for example, may have ready access to the tube, regular buses and taxis. if they have reasonable health and mobility they might be attracted to use bicycle, e- bike or scooter.For them a car as unessential, even an encumbrance and condemn their use. Group2.A person living in the country may have problems with poor access to public transport. If they have cardiac, respiratory or mobility difficulties, cycling and walking are never going to be realistic options.For them, car use is an essential to have a reasonable quality of life. - A problem can arise if policy makers are group (1) and dismissive of the needs of group( 2)
  5. Is social media about really about dialogue? ( such a quaint form of conversational exchange). Or is it more about individuals having a remarkably easy way to broadcast their observations and opinions? More “ Transmit” than “Receive”. Sensing the “Likes” and brief affirmations from the like-minded on a post, many probably hesitate to venture their opinion if it differs from the “party” line.
  6. The CQC report quotes an anonymous employee as describing some doctors’ behaviour as “Feral”. Perhaps further clarification was not possible because of the nature of an anonymous declaration. Whatever the reason, the very obvious, and crucial response: “ Can you explain further ..What is it that you mean by that?” .. Did not follow. Such an invitation would have been an opportunity to listen further and carefully and fully explore any concerns raised. Conversely, it might have helped dismiss the use of the expression as something casually used because it is a derogatory term currently in vogue.
  7. What an extraordinary and totally unwarranted “blunderbuss “ attack on medical professionals who work here. “ If you talk to the good ones in the UK they laugh at the idea.It is a career killer.” -Who are these “good ones”,? “ They laughed ? How many did you manage to interview on this subject? Several close members of my family have had truly outstanding treatment for serious conditions in Nobles, involving surgery, medical and ITU treatment by consultants and other staff who have all chosen to come and work here. I am also aware that some of these professionals came here because of the less than ideal circumstances they encountered in their workplace in the UK NHS. No one would deny we face some very serious problems in our Health Service.These certainly need to be urgently addressed - but it is unjust to carpet bomb with derogatory remarks those who are trying to keep things working.
  8. “Trust Pilot” alone have 380 pages from furious loyal customers of John Lewis who have either been rejected from having their new card with “New Day” or have had their credit limit drastically reduced - typically quoted as being 10k to a thousand. Amost stereotypically, those rejected are post retirement and proudly claim to have never been arrears, paying everything off each month. One aggrieved customer from Guernsey has found that no new customers for the new card will come from his Island - wonder ..is this the case here? Years ago , large retailers were proud to offer a “ Store Card” which was basically a loyalty card with rewards. It had a certain prestige and it drew customers to return to spend . They evolved into credit and banking. Such cards now are nothing more than a facade of the companies logo behind which companies target the lower end of the credit business -effectively a slightly more sophisticated version of the old “Pay Day” loaners. They don’t want business from folk who pay- off each month, they want the steady income from the eye-watering interest charges that steadily accrue from those who “ can’t quite manage to pay it all off this month”.
  9. Dr John Campbell produced some really very well-presented videos a couple of years back.He has a long career in nurse education and his gathering and presentation of relevant information on his evening videos were both skillful and credible. He is not, as he frequently points out, medically qualified and makes a point that he is not offering medical advice. Unfortunately, I find that the manner in which he presents his “news” has changed a great deal. There seems less objectivity and a recourse to rather theatrical looks of disbelief and incredulous stares to the camera when commenting on reports and recently we had him disingenuously showing his own opened pack of ivermectin which he asserts he says he is only using for the data sheet recommendations …
  10. That is neither relevant or accurate.The definitive work which firmly and finally established a link between mortality and smoking was a study ( by prof. Doll) of British doctors smoking habits -way back in 1951.
  11. Dr John Campbell started producing some excellent videos in the early days of the pandemic and has continued since. His approach certainly has changed since then, I agree. Sadly. His report on the two neonatal death spikes in Scotland where the neonatal mortality rate went from around 2 per thousand births to,4.9 - a rate not seen since the 1980s is disturbing but.. there was no mention that both increases coincided exactly with a very large number of under fives also getting ill, attending A&E for example.There were no Covid related deaths and very largely these children had RSV - respiratory syncytial virus infections.We don’t have a breakdown of the neonatal death causes but there is no evidence to implicate vaccination.
  12. Agree. If someone has a “bad bout” of ‘flu they will remember the month and year for the rest of their life. Remember the old ten pound note test for ‘flu ? A long time ago - and with inflation this could be twenty pounds or more now. You get out of bed , open the curtains and there, lying just outside is a £20note.All you have to is open the front door, walk ten paces, pick it up and return. If instead you just turn and crawl slowly back to bed , you have probably have ‘flu.
  13. If we are working on the basis that for a society can be called civilised it should have provision to look after those who, for whatever reason, are unable to do so themselves, then It is a high ideal and difficult to reach. That doesn’t mean the aim should ever be lowered, but we need to be realistic and acknowledge we aren’t always going reach it. There is always going to be a need for improvement. This needs a lot of organisational agility -in thinking and the ability to adapt rapidly after honest, candid and careful analyses. In any organisation good communication is a fundamental but here it can attain literally vital significance. Not least it is important between the “front line”and their managers, lest the former feel demoralised and unsupported from a distant and growing office bound administration.
  14. No,no, that is clearly a mistake ( hypo/ hyper), John. Such unfortunate errors do happen Many many years ago, on MR, news casts throughout the day reported a coroner’s inquest listing the causes of someone’s very sad and untimely death.High on the list was “Severe amnesia”. It obviously did not mean they “forgot” to breathe.Most reasonable people I think, realised it should have read “anaemia”.
  15. Thank you. The 35 pages are really quite extraordinary. All rather sad.Her perception of the world seems such a frustrating, unhappy place.
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