"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Monday, 31 August 2009

A Mixed Bag Blog

The NHS has been hitting the headlines for the past couple of weeks starting with the high rate of sickies from staff.  That was followed by the Patients' Association report about  neglect & cruelty in the NHS and  government-produced tractor stats.

Today we find, not so much inequality as wrong-headed priorities, when one group of people are accorded  yuman rights innit while the NHS is faffing around with trendy liberal fringe concepts.
Police are given £12 a day for each inmate held at a police station, the Ministry of Justice has admitted. This is six times more than is given to primary schools to feed each child and more than the sum of £8.49 for a hospital patient and £2.69 for a soldier in Afghanistan.
So, while we're rightly fretting about our frail and vulnerable hospitalised elderly dying of malnutrition we also find out that, in monetary terms, they actually get more than 3x pd than a soldier fighting in Helmand and prisoners get almost 5x as much.
One can only hope, however, that if Brown had braved the journey northwards from Bastion to Sangin (he didn’t), where British infantrymen are getting killed or wounded at a rate directly comparable to that of their predecessors in Western Europe in 1944, his media men would have first whitewashed the graffiti in the latrine third from the left on the northern wall.  "I dropped a Gordon" a rifleman has scrawled beside the seat.
It summarises accurately the feelings of the average British soldier in Helmand towards the Prime Minister.  More articulate, though lacking the same punch, was the officer in Helmand who said: “His (Brown’s) dislike of us is palpable. Why on earth are we, an organisation in which values like loyalty, integrity and trust still exist, destined to be directed by such a miserable, lying shower? We don’t deserve them.”
Three more things on the NHS:
One of its USPs is to be axed: Bottoms up.
Why don't people just follow the diet? Mediterranean diet pill money-spinner for big Pharma Coys.
I see shedloads of taxpayers' cash being thrown at this research: If RV doesn't work for healthcare it could 'benefit' in a social context (which essentially means that surveillance cameras won't be needed any more; but how could remote viewers benefit the watched any more than cctv already does?).
Oh, and when did ensuring patients were fed become outside the remit of being a nurse?   Surely, feeding a patient is an integral part of nursing and shouldn't be left to an army of auxiliary staff (it reminds me of the function creep of PCSOs).


  1. £12 for a toerag's dinner.
    £2.69 for a soldier's, on active duty.

    I don't think I can actually formulate in words how I feel about that. Rage just doesn't really cover it adequately.

  2. It's because the Forces don't have scuzz-bucket lawyers lining up to sue the pants off the govt under the HR Act. In fact, iirc, it was only last month that the govt appealed a High Ct decision that troops should be subject to the HR Act.


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