They really have more things in common than divides them …

 

It’s great to see politicians coming together and agreeing on something as fundamental as our health provisions. Our Borough Labour Councillors have distanced themselves from their own local Labour Parties and their leader Jeremy Corbyn to join with Conservative Councillors and now our two Tory MPs in support of the Conservative cuts model called Future Fit. Why don’t those who are supporting Health Austerity leave the Labour Party and join up with their Tory Friends so that principled Labour Party members can create a unified campaign against these damaging Health measures?????


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Toy Town politics disguises mounting misery …

At the latest Wellington Town Council meeting I placed a motion before the assembled Councillors related to the crisis in Social Care that was richly illustrated by the recent closure of Cottage Care Day Centre. I should have expected no less than the usual pantomime and small mindedness that is the hallmark of this Council. It seems that they just can’t comprehend the big issues affecting the lives of their residents. My motion, that proposed initially publicly recognising this crisis and then acting to stem the harm resulting from care packages not being available, being reduced or taken away altogether for hundreds of residents needing Care and Support, was roundly condemned. This was mainly because  it was seen to be critical of the Borough and the Finance Cabinet member who is also a Wellington Town Councillor. The damage done to our community has lead to increased hospitalisation and mental health problems for adults who are already vulnerable. Our narcissistic Councillors cannot admit that they are probably not able to cope with the needs of the young, elderly and disabled (unlike 4 out of 5 councils canvassed by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services who admitted that indeed they might be guilty of a dereliction of their Duty of Care). So our residents’ suffering will continue unabated. The people of Telford don’t deserve these self-serving pantomime characters and must seek out other representatives to pursue their demand as this lot just aren’t up to it.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/20/give-up-having-children-couples-save-planet-climate-crisis

In my view a no-brainer. Population growth is an unacknowledged accelerator in promoting environmental chaos and global inequalities. We talk and strategise about reducing carbon footprints but not the accelerating numbers of those footprints. No, this is not advocating authoritarian 2 child government dictates, its advocating win win policies such as massive western investments in education, especially for girls, in developing countries and a big push in promoting contraception. We also need a cultural change in acknowledging the effects of our consumption footprints on the wellbeing of the planet and it’s inhabitants.

We need to talk about strategies to win…

                               Not such an odd couple more partners in crime

We will get absolutely nowhere handing out leaflets telling people that Future Fit is a con trick without sticking blame onto our MPs. Nobody is asking what our aims are in all this. I believe that Future Fit is going to happen in exactly the way the NHS bosses plan – they hold all the cards and will win the propaganda war with the public. Any intervention we make in the consultation process will go unregistered (they haven’t spent thousands of pounds on this consultation not to be 100% sure of its outcome) and in any case they have successfully sold the pro FF narrative of winners and losers to the biggest population area in the region so they know that they will get a majority supporting their preferred option. They also know that the public don’t give a stuff about the PFI argument when they are being offered £312 million of cake now which they are being told will enhance their health provision. I think its an easy sell.

We are at war with the Tory government, lets not pretend otherwise. So why do we ignore the fact that there is a political intelligence behind all the cuts and consolidations guiding its direction and determining its presence? It is not NHS bosses that produced the 2012 Health and Social Care Act that opened up 49% of NHS Services to private companies or constructed the STP regions which are tied to stringent austerity funding targets, it was the Tory Government. Given all the pain that we the patients have suffered at the expense of these Tory policies you would think or hope that our 5 local Tory MPs would be screaming at the Health Secretary to back off lest this region turns red with anger. But no they have positioned themselves as local champions of the NHS coming together to congratulate the Future Fit board and Jeremy Hunt for producing a long term solution to the region’s Health problems and of course, because the remodelling will take at least 4 years to come to fruition, they will be betting that blame for this health catastrophe will be forgotten and that there will be other excuses for why there are increased mortalities and suffering. 

Surely the only way we can affect them is to call them out over support for the Government ambition to cut £22 billion by 2020 – this is what they ARE responsible for. They can and have distanced themselves from local cuts or reinterpreted them as clinically beneficial. The public however can and do join the dots between these massive national cuts and the health chaos that they experience. 

Exposing the floating voters or soft Tories to these incontrovertible facts is exactly what Mark Pritchard, Philip Dunne, Lucy Allan, Daniel Kawczynski and Owen Patterson don’t want us to do. This is why we must.

What’s the Difference …

Andrew Eade and Shaun Davies both ardent supporters of #PRH4me

 

Socialists should never swim in the same contaminated distorting currents of our opponents. In the current end game of Future Fit we have #PRH4me representing the Labour Councillors with £100,000 to promote their travesty of socialism. In my view they have taken a running leap into these filthy waters seeded with lies and deceit because they conceal the true political nature of the ambitions of this programme. Blair called it modernisation, they call it TINA –  there is no alternative.

Under the guise of greater clinical efficiency, our NHS is to be remodelled (as are all other public services) with a business framework which has ‘consolidation’ and ‘financial sustainability’ as universal motifs. Telford and Wrekin Council believed, in the early years of Future Fit that the A&E was remaining in the PRH and they were then its biggest fans. Cllr Overton even chided Shropshire CCG for being reluctant to let the Future Fit board have its way. Now they have capitulated into urging their residents to participate in a faux consultation and vote for option 2 (keeping the A&E at the PRH) on the grounds it is £60,000 cheaper. Someone needs to ask the putative socialist councillors at what point in their personal journeys towards a Labour Party viewpoint did they conclude that our NHS allocation be determine by costs and not human need?   

This Council also finds it convenient that, whilst Health Services are framed in terms of Future Fit, their voters are kept ignorant to cuts and their effects on health services they are administrating such as social Care and Public Health that have been decimated by cuts since 2008. Labour Councillors at some point have to stop pretending that the services that they administrate are safe and are providing the necessary benefits that lead to a thriving living environment for their residents. Maybe the collapse of community health and social care services has had an effect making young people more vulnerable to CSE?  I know from first hand experiences the damage done by cuts to local services for the elderly, people with mental health issues and adults with learning disabilities. It is appalling that this Council will not admit that both options 1 & 2 are options that will cause harm as are the central government cuts that they have passed on to us. Do they think that by pretending that these cuts either are not real, as with Future Fit, or inconsequential as with local public services will protect their vote for next year’s local election?

You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time but …

My arse!….Is it Fit for our Future ….

Sath have the third worse waiting times in the country. But you’ve not seen anything yet.

The Future Fit consultation on the farcical choices put forward for the future of Shropshires NHS provision will not be a people’s referendum. I’ve even heard from local NHS bosses that it isn’t democratic. When the the board’s plans have been signed off by the government, cost millions to produce, and has taken 5 years. Do you really think they would allow the public the option to reject their plan so they had to start from the beginning again? Don’t get involved in this farce – they are taking the mick.

Another part of this pantomime is the way our politicians are dealing with the deceptions and partial truths of the Future Fit project. All have acquiesced to the big lie that Future Fit is about developing a plan to secure clinical excellence for the region’s population. They all pretend not to know that either option will bring reduced services for their voters, instead presenting themselves as valiant warriors in protecting their voters Health services. The truth and they all know it, is Future Fit’s primary aim is to secure future savings so that our health provisions will be fit for the future budgetary requirements of this Austerity fixated government, 300 less nurses, 20% fewer therapists, fewer beds etc etc resulting in £135 million of savings and a health nightmare for all of us. The clue to the nature of the Future Fit remodelling process is in the business focused approach to our health needs. Consolidating NHS assets provides economies of scale increase in productivity as well as reduced staff costs. These new models of delivering public services are seeing patients as commodities to be processed as quickly as possible rather than patients with varied and entirely individual needs. This is the ‘brave new world’ that Future Fit is ushering us into. We are going to have to travel further to see our doctors (if we can get appointments) as well as our nearest hospital, this will undoubtedly lead to patients dying in ambulances across the county. Your GP’s now knows more about the cost of each of their patients than the effectiveness of their treatment and all public services are going through the same process. The inevitable result of this is a society that monetises our humanity and places little to no value on the basic human qualities of care and compassion.