14 Nov 2011: Care may suffer - admits private company taking over NHS hospital!
Uproar as Circle Health confirms in document that critics' unease about patients is justified. The first private company to take over an NHS hospital has admitted in a document seen by the 'Observer' that patient care could suffer under its plans to expand its empire and seek profit from the health service.
The company, run by a former Goldman Sachs banker, was awarded management of Hinchingbrooke hospital in Cambridgeshire last week, in what Minister's claimed was "a good deal for patients and staff".
David Cameron, in a speech on regulation and the economy, said he wanted the NHS to be a "fantastic business for Britain!"
'Fantastic business for Britain!' - Aneurin Bevan, must be turning in his grave!
15 Nov 2011: Conservative Baroness gives V sign to fellow peer
Lord King of Bridgewater was speaking about the bravery of the wartime generation when he said: "The survivors of World War Two have started to look pretty old as well, as my noble friend will remind me."
Tory 89-year-old Peer, Baroness Trumpington was the toast of hers, colleagues as she left Lord King in no doubt as to what she thought of his jibes.
When she calmly looked up from her papers and flicked a V sign at him.
Another amusing story from the House of Comedy... I mean Lords. Good for her I say!
15 Nov 2011: Robert Halfon, Tory MP for Harlow, Essex, said: Poorest Brits are being hardest hit by high petrol prices,
"Rip-off petrol prices are creating a poverty trap. The average worker in my town is paying up to one-tenth of their wages on petrol. This is simply unsustainable!"
I wish he's let George (So this is earth!) Osborne and David (what unemployed?) Cameron know about this revelation!
15 Nov Chinese Executioner says job not "complicated"
Beijing's Hu Xiao says his job as one of China's executioners is usually not very complicated.
The rare glimpse into the ranks of China's 18,000 executioners appeared in the Beijing Evening News newspaper Monday.
Hu, a veteran judicial police officer, described the routine of shooting prisoners convicted of murder, rioting, and other capital crimes in China.
He said; "In fact, it's not as complicated as outsiders think. We all use rifles, stand about four meters from the condemned prisoner with a barrel one meter-long, take aim, press the trigger, and that's that."
"Most prisoners taken for execution are so terrified they collapse on the ground and cannot stand," Hu said. "The exception was an ex-soldier convicted of homicide, he said. "At the time of execution, the criminals kneel on the ground, but this former soldier actually stood up and ran forward. The result was a moving target that was taken down," said Hu, himself a former soldier who has worked as a police officer for 19 years.
"These people all deserved what they got for their crimes, and the pay and satisfaction is phenomenal"
How refreshing to read such heart warming news
16 Nov 2011: The probe by the Information Commissioner's Office rule that Mr Letwin breached the Data Protection Act.
David Cameron's right-hand man has been ordered to sign papers binding him to keep constituents' details safe.
Information Commissioner Christopher Graham issued a stern warning to the Conservative MP today that he faces formal enforcement action if he continues to carelessly throw away letters and papers.
"...ordered to sign papers binding him to keep constituents' details safe!..."
"... a stern warning to the Conservative MP today that he faces formal enforcement action if he continues to carelessly throw away letters and papers..."
So does that mean a murderer, rapist, mugger, or any other criminal offender can get a letter he must sign 'Promising not to be naughty again!' - they will not face prosecution either???
Farcical, just how far can this execrable Government go with its nepotism?
16 Nov 2011: World leaders are staying in hotel rooms costing up to £38,000 'A Night' - as they discuss the global economic crisis.
The two-day summit is being staged on a palm-fringed seafront which boasts some of the world's most luxurious hotels.
Expensive ... cost of leaders' accommodation
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is hosting the talks, faces the biggest hotel charges, with his Presidential Suite at the five-star Majestic Hotel is an eye-watering £38,000 a night.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia's President Dmitri Medvedev are among guests in smaller suites costing between £12,000 and £30,000 a night.
US President Barack Obama is staying in the vast £34,000-a-night Grace Kelly suite at the Carlton Hotel, which has fine views over the Mediterranean.
He topped Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud and Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi, who are in £29,000-a-night suites.
Chinese leader Hu Jintao has the £12,000-a-night Executive Suite at the Gray d'Albion Hotel.
It makes PM David Cameron look positively frugal as he settles for a standard suite at the Marriott Hotel costing a mere £1,980 a night. (not counting his expenses claim which will be for around £1,300)
Warms the heart doesn't it?
Good job Willie Hague didn't go with his two male advisor's!"
17 Nov 2011: Clegg rules out using taxpayers' cash to fund parties
Nick Clegg has vowed to clean up politics by reforming the way parties are funded but has ruled out giving them an 'immediate' injection of more taxpayers' money.
I wonder what he means by 'not giving them an 'immediate' injection of more taxpayers' money.'
For a rare moment in Parliamentary life, David Cameron and Ed Miliband both agreed, Nick Clegg is a thorn in their side!
18 Nov 2011: Calls for urgent action on youth unemployment
The number of young people out of work topped a million for the first time. It must be a wake- up call for urgent action. (Stephen Timms)
The Prime Minister said cutting the deficit faster than Labour planned to would revive private sector confidence. Private sector investment and jobs would surge, more than matching public sector job cuts. Employment would rise every year, he said.
How wrong can one nepotist be? The Institute of Chartered Accountants reports business confidence has "collapsed".
18 Nov 2011: Hospitals cutting surgery follow-up checks to save cash
Hospital bosses are facing claims they are cutting post-surgery care because it is an "easy target" to save cash.
The ratio of patient checks following operations has dropped over the past two years and looks set to be cut again.
But the Department of Health insisted: "All patients with a clinical need for a follow-up appointment in hospital should have one. We have not set targets to reduce such appointments and have no plans to do so."
In Nottingham the Anticoagulation Clinic is sending cardiac patients to the Blood Test centre for Warfarin checks because it is cheaper!
The Cardiac Rehab team have been cut, so they are taking on fewer recovering patients!
I was sent home in a terrible state one day early after my cardiac operation, by an obviously embarrassed male nurse who came at me out of the blue with; "Get your things Mr xxxxx, your going home, we need the bed for an emergency. Then I had to hobble down a corridor to a sitting room, and wait three hours to get a lift home.
19th Nov 2011: Coalition Pledge Tracker
In Progress 211
Wait & see 69
In Trouble 8
Not Kept 16
Broken in Spirit 3
According to the Ayes to the Left website, the Coaliton has broken 38 promises, and list them?
19th Nov 2011: Voting Intentions Poll