Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Labour Yesterday Pledged to Use Mansion Tax to Reduce Deficit
…Yet Today Miliband Says Money Raised Will Fund NHS

Both the BBC and Channel 4 News last night reported that Labour will pledge to pay for an increase in NHS funding with a ‘mansion tax’ on higher value homes. Last year Ed Miliband committed to spending the revenue raised from a mansion tax on the return of the 10p tax rate. And the 10p tax rate isn’t the only thing they have pledged to spend the mansion tax money on.

Just yesterday, Rachel Reeves told the Daily Politics that the money raised would go towards paying down the deficit. Fast forward to 1:30:

AN: “You’re inheriting a deficit of £75 billion.”

RR: “Child benefit is not the only thing that we’ve announced. The tax on properties worth more than two million pounds, repeating the bank bonus tax, increasing the top rate of tax back up to 50p, the winter fuel allowance not going to the richest pensioners, you add all those up, that adds up to several billion.”

Labour have now pledged to spend the mansion tax cash three times already. It’s the bankers’ bonus tax all over again…

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Labour Selects Younger Woman Over Ageism Campaigner

Unite’s Political Director was among the first to toast the news that Liz McInnes had won Labour’s selection for the Heywood and Middleton by-election last night:

McInnes is being billed by her party as an “NHS worker” and “healthcare scientist”. She is the secretary of her local Unite branch and the chair of Unite’s Health Sector National Committee. Bizarrely her Twitter account disappeared as soon as she was announced as Labour’s candidate, as did her profile page on her local Labour website. Her publicly available Facebook page however still carries dozens of photos of her waving Unite flags at union marches, attending Unite conferences and wearing a “never kissed a Tory” t-shirt. As well as some, ahem, less safe for work snaps.

Already Liz is in robot candidate mode: “Only Labour can make Britain better off, putting hardworking families first with a plan to tackle the cost-of-living crisis.” She didn’t always stick to the party line however, condemning Miliband and Balls in a letter to the Guardian during the 2010 leadership contest: “If only one of the Eds were an Edwina, then we might have a real choice”. 55-year old Liz beat 56-year old age discrimination campaigner Miriam O’Reilly – ageism at the heart of the Labour Party…

Monday, September 15, 2014

Burnham B*****king Falls on Deaf Ears

Team Ed are getting increasingly irritated by Burnham’s less than subtle leadership posturing. “Burnham has been told to shut up”, says a Labour source, “but there is no telling him”. As Guido reported in yesterday’s Sun, there has been particular anger aimed at the Shadow Health Secretary after his over-dramatic scaremongering about NHS privatisation was leapt upon by Salmond and the Yes campaign, leaving Darling spluttering and almost defending the Tories. Guido is amazed anyone still cares what Burnham even says after his “24 Hours to Save the NHS” shtick fell flat when hospitals remained open and free at the point of use…

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Envy of the World Update

The findings of the investigations into sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile at NHS hospitals has been released this morning. At Leeds Infirmary:

  • Savile reported to have committed sex acts on dead bodies at Leeds hospital, actions in mortuary are described as “harrowing”
  • The first case of abuse occurred in 1962 when Savile was 36 with the most recent in 2009 when he was 82
  • Savile’s victims ranged from five to 75 years of age
  • 19 of those who came forward were under 16 with the majority of his victims teenagers
  • 19 victims were female hospital staff
  • 43 of the encounters took place in public areas such as wards, corridors and offices
  • One witness said Savile wore rings made from the glass eyes of dead bodies in the infirmary’s mortuary

At Broadmoor hospital:

  • Close associate of Savile was given a job at Broadmoor
  • 11 allegations were made
  • The allegations involved three minors, six patients and two staff at the hospital.
  • Nine of the victims were female and two were male
  • Two patients were subjected to “repeated assaults”

You can read the reports in full here.

Una O’Brien, Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health, says “we are deeply sorry that inadequate processes” enabled Jimmy Savile to carry out abuse.

Via ITV.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Circle-Run NHS Hospital Named Best In England by Experts

48 hours after Ed Miliband claimed that private companies were sending the NHS “backwards”, Circle-run Hinchingbrooke Hospital has been named the best hospital in England:

Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust has been named the top hospital in England for quality of care at an awards ceremony in London last night. The 25th annual CHKS Top Hospitals Awards ranked all healthcare providers across the UK. The CHKS award for top quality of care was judged by an expert panel based on 12 key medical indicators including: how long patients had to stay in hospital after treatment, mortality rates, cancer waiting times and patient-reported outcomes.”

Which makes Ed’s speech look a little silly, especially the the bit about how Cameron “has put the principles of markets and competition at the heart of the NHS like never before”:

“A boost for the private companies and competition lawyers.

A burden for everyone else.

Competition.

Fragmentation.

And privatisation.

That’s how the Tories see the future of our NHS.

That’s why it is going backwards.

Friends, they’re the wrong principles and the wrong priorities from the wrong government.”

If you open the window and listen carefully, that distant wailing you can hear is Andy Burnham reading this…

 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Envy of the World Update

The Telegraph reports:

“The bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as clinical waste, with some even used to heat hospitals, an investigation has found. Ten NHS trusts have admitted burning foetal remains alongside other rubbish while two others used the bodies in ‘waste-to-energy’ plants which generate power for heat.”

NHS Medical Director Bruce Keogh has written to all NHS trusts to tell them the practice must stop, because clearly they couldn’t work that out for themselves. Doesn’t it make you proud…

Friday, March 14, 2014

A Bottle a Day at the BMA Keeps the Health Secretary Away

Doctors’ trade union the BMA has been getting very upset about “cuts” to the NHS recently, moaning to the government that funding changes could force GP practices to close. One thing in particular they don’t want to cut is their very own in-house wine list, which offers posh plonk such as a £52 Pol Roger advertised as “Winston Churchill’s favourite champagne”.

Cheers!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Jamie Reed Channels Expenses to Private Health Firm

The delightful Jamie Reed wasted no time getting down and dirty after hearing that Owen Paterson was facing emergency surgery for a detached retina. When Downing Street said they did not know if Paterson had gone private for the op, Reed bleated that the Tories “clearly don’t value (the NHS) and shamefully refuse to use it”. As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun column, that would be the same Jamie Reed who recently charged taxpayers £150 for the services of a private physio company on his expenses. Shamefully refusing to use the NHS?

Friday, November 29, 2013

Envy of the World Update

19 more hospitals are to be investigated over their links to Jimmy Savile. 13 hospitals were already under investigation following the revelations about Leeds General Infirmary, Stoke Mandeville and Broadmoor. That’s 32 in total. 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Will Ed Bottle Moving Andy?

As Andy Burnham waits to find out whether he will be spared another 18 months of scrutiny for his past sins, Guido reveals in his Sun column that on the day families of Mid Staffs victims launched a national campaign in memory of those who died of neglect, Burnham’s department bought 18 bottles of Charles Lafitte champagne with taxpayers’ money. They were forced to drink water from vases, Burnham’s department drank champagne.

Then the Health Secretary cancelled a meeting arranged with the campaigners at the last minute. Just what was so important that he let down grieving relatives? Burnham’s diary shows he spent that day at a trade union event. Prioritising his union paymasters over the Mid Staffs families so badly let down. And where was he the day the inquiry into the deaths began? Checking into the luxury St. Regis Hotel in Washington DC and enjoying a boozy £431 dinner.

If Miliband does fire Burnham it probably won’t be for the failings at Mid Staffs, nor his department’s taxpayer-funded contempt for families. Miliband knows that whenever you see “Shadow Cabinet sources” attack the Labour leadership in the papers, more often than not they are the words of one of his old rivals for the Labour leadership. Burnham hardly gave his leader a cosy summer either.


Seen Elsewhere

Ed Balls’ Speech Was Pointless | Dan Hodges
Media Movements: James Lyons to Sunday Times | Media Guido
Rebekah Brooks in Line for £7 Million Payout | Times
A Different Sort of Class War | Telegraph
Labour Candidate’s Links to Ex-BNP Member | Breitbart
McVey Dodges White Dee Debate | Speccie
Labour Candidate: Churchill Was a White Supremacist | Mail
LibDems Stand By Disgraced Sex Offender-Linked Mayor | MK
Has Carol Mills Given Up on Westminster? | Canberra Times
Labour Consider Banning Uber | Asa Bennett
Did LibDems Make Up Hancock Disciplinary Meeting? | Scrapbook


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cynic says:

Can anyone help me? I went on holiday a week ago and returned to find someone has pulled out the stake and Gordon Brown is back and acting as Prime Minister. What did I miss? Has there been a snap election?


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