Interview with an NHS Nurse: “Where’s the challenge? Where’s the crisis? Where’s this Covid?”

10 October 2020 — Lockdown Sceptics

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Where are all the patients?

Today’s newsletter is a special edition featuring an exclusive interview with a nurse who worked in an NHS hospital throughout the pandemic and says she has never had so little to do. Now she feels compelled to speak out against the “most wilful of lies” she has witnessed, in the hope that “such a grave miscarriage of justice for health can never be allowed to happen again”. Continue reading

The antithesis of care

28 September, 2020 — Red Pepper

Hilary Aked writes about the insidious role of Prevent, the government’s counter- extremism programme, in compromising mental health services

“Hospital” by capturedbychelsea is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

For an NHS psychiatrist working with schizophrenic patients, it’s not unusual to witness people suffering from severe paranoia. Fear of being watched by the state and persecuted by the police may well feature in such patients’ delusions. What is rarer is for someone receiving mental health care to see their fears come to life because their psychiatry team has reported them to Prevent, leading police to question them as a suspected potential terrorist.

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Watch: John Pilger: China going into ‘state of SIEGE,’ will defend itself against the US!

12 August 2020 — RT

[Apologies for the duplication/confusion. I forgot that I’d already posted this interview with Pilger last week! So I deleted the one I put up this morning and moved the earlier one to the Home Page. WB]

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to legendary journalist and filmmaker John Pilger. He discusses the coronavirus pandemic and its damage to the UK, the scandal of some of the most vulnerable patients being thrown out of hospitals during the Covid-19 crisis, resulting in tens of thousands of excess deaths, the ongoing privatization of the NHS, and the continuous deterioration of the NHS before the pandemic, Matt Hancock’s performance as health secretary, the ongoing persecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, new charges against him, efforts to extradite him to the US, and the silence of mainstream journalists on his persecution. Finally, John Pilger discusses rising tensions between the US and its allies and China, the hypocrisy of Western foreign policy against Beijing, the Hong Kong National Security Law, the US military encirclement of China, and how the country is entering a ‘state of siege,’ rising tensions with Australia, and more!
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Blight and Revelation: Coronavirus, Austerity and the UK

12 August 2020 — Global Research

Epidemiologist Michael Marmot begins his August 10 piece in The Guardian on a sombre note.  It is drawn from The Plague by Albert Camus.  “The pestilence is at once blight and revelation; it brings the hidden truth of a corrupt world to the surface.”  Professor Marmot uses the UK’s inglorious record on combating COVID-19 as a mirror for both blight and revelation. 
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Medact July Newsletter 2020

1 August 2020 — Medact

We kicked off July with the launch of our new report on the Prevent counter-extremism policy in healthcare, and there’s been lots more activity since!

Across our groups, Bristol and Oxford had successful reboot online meetings after taking some time out in recent months, and Brighton are putting plans in place for theirs, while Sheffield have been talking with MPs about access to healthcare on the radio and our newest group in the East Midlands hosted their first meetings.

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The NHS: Some good news

22 July 2020 — The Lowdown

Some good news: the NHS has successfully lifted its hospital occupancy to pre-COVID levels despite the current challenges, according to figures revealed by the Lowdown.

This week too Sarah Jane Downing writes in the Lowdown about her personal campaign to improve the safety of hospitals and we analyse what steps should be taken after several damning inquiries into hospital failures.

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National Care Service?

8 July 2020 — The Lowdown

Boris Johnson promised to “fix social care once and for all”. After the last election, he backed this up with a pledge to provide a plan for solving social care within a year. We are still waiting for his plan, but in this week’s Lowdown, we show that there are more reasons than ever to leave behind an era of failed market based-solutions and build-up public provision.

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False Positives: the Prevent counter-extremism policy in healthcare

2 July 2020 —

False Positives: the Prevent counter-extremism policy in healthcare is a new Medact report, written by Medact Research Manager Dr. Hilary Aked.

The report examines the implementation and impacts of the Prevent duty in the NHS, looking at the interaction between the duty and other professional duties. It analyses and gives a breakdown of the figures relating to the number of referrals to Prevent across a number of NHS Trusts, discussing the mental health and racialised implications of the duty. The report concludes with key recommendations to both Government and medical bodies based on the findings.

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