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UK's "burnt out" GPs warn many will quit if gov't force face-to-face appointments - same doctors who voted against training more doctors in 2008

Javid
© Yui Mok/PADenis Campbell Health policy editor
Health secretary Sajid Javid unveiled his blueprint for GP services on Thursday. It was met with widespread criticism, including from former health secretary Jeremy Hunt.
GP leaders have warned that giving patients guaranteed face-to-face appointments could lead to a crippling exodus of family doctors already exhausted by the pandemic and despairing of being "pilloried" by ministers.

The profession's key bodies said the government's plan to force them to see in person every patient who asks will exacerbate the already serious shortage of doctors, especially as the proposal includes "naming and shaming" surgeries that do not comply.


Comment: Rather divisive policy being proposed by the government which won't actually solve the problems plaguing the NHS but will contribute to hastening its demise.


Opposition parties also rounded on the government's blueprint for change, with the former Conservative health secretary Jeremy Hunt saying ministers were taking the wrong approach.

Comment: According to a 2008 study in the British Medical Journal, UK doctors voted to restrict medical student entrants into the workforce:


Judging from the short study extract below, whilst this vote was ostensibly to avoid 'devaluing the profession', the allegation that the real concern was that it would result in lower pay seems reasonable. One could conclude that those who partook in this vote share part of the blame for the UK's 'overwhelmed' healthcare system, which, notably, has been considered at crisis levels for many years now, both in terms of staffing and capacity:
Delegates at the annual BMA conference voted by a narrow majority to restrict the number of places at medical schools to avoid "overproduction of doctors with limited career opportunities." They also agreed on a complete ban on opening new medical schools.

David Sochart, from Manchester and Salford, warned that in the current job climate allowing too many new doctors into the market would risk devaluing the profession and make newly qualified doctors prey to "unscrupulous ...
It's worth also bearing in mind that part of this crisis has been manufactured by corrupt government officials who have been working towards privatising the UK's NHS for at least two decades now, and against the wishes of the public: Also check out SOTT radio's: MindMatters: How Psychopaths Infect and Destroy Hierarchies of Competence





Info

Bollene beheading: Manhunt for 'armed & dangerous' suspect after decapitated body found in southern France

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A man has been found "beheaded and eviscerated" in the southeastern French commune of Bollène. A police search is now underway for the suspect, whom they say is armed with a knife and dangerous.

The macabre murder took place in the Vaucluse district of the famed Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur tourist region.

Warning that the suspect was armed, the Vaucluse gendarmes posted a mugshot to social media and ordered any residents who saw the man not to confront him. A law enforcement source told the AFP news agency that whether or not the incident was a terrorist act was "not absolute at this stage of the inquiry."

Fire

Massive gas explosion rips through building in northern China, 3 killed, 30+ injured

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Photos circulating on social media show a massive gas explosion on a busy street in Shenyang, China, October 21, 2021.
A powerful gas explosion tore through a street in the Chinese city of Shenyang, reducing nearby buildings to rubble and injuring dozens. At least 3 people were killed in the blast.

The massive blast erupted around 8:30am local time on Thursday, state media reported, noting that it's not clear what triggered the explosion so far. More than 30 people were wounded, and have all been taken to the hospital.

Footage on social media shows the moment of the explosion, which sent enormous plumes of dust into the sky, while other visuals show the aftermath of the blast.

Comment: Just three days ago in Scotland: Huge gas explosion destroys house in Scotland, 3 injured, nearby residents evacuated

Explosions and fires appear to be in the news with an increasing frequency of late, below are just some of the reports from the last few months: See also: SOTT Exclusive: The growing threat of underground fires and explosions


Eye 1

Protesters claim Italian authorities tampered with 'live webcam' to show empty square instead of huge anti-vaccine-passport rally

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Protesters in Italy have claimed that the authorities rigged a supposedly live webcam to show an empty square in Trieste's city center while it was packed with demonstrators against the vaccine passport mandate.

On Monday evening, crowds gathered in the Piazza Unita d'Italia in Trieste to protest against the government's imposition of a 'green pass'. The government had made it a legal requirement for all workers to be vaccinated or provide a negative Covid-19 test from the previous 48 hours.

Videos from the square showed hundreds of people staging a sit-in in the northern Italian city, however, as highlighted by one of the protesters in a widely shared video, the city's webcam suggested the piazza was almost empty.

The footage starts with the camera focusing in on a protester's phone in which SkylineWebcams.com's live stream for Trieste's Piazza Unita d'Italia is shown. The empty square, as seen on the live webcam, appears to be in stark contrast to the reality, as the demonstrator pans their camera to show hundreds of people present in the Piazza Unita d'Italia.

Comment: The only way to preserve the illusion of pandemics and to impose tyranny over the general population is to use propaganda, fake news, and fear. This is happening on a planetary scale.

The elites don't want to share the news where people are protesting because that will encourage even more people to wake up and protest against tyranny.

It was never about a public health concern, it was always just a mask of their real intentions to impose totalitarian control over humanity.

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Light Sabers

'We refuse to be the vaccination police': San Francisco's In-N-Out burger joint seethes over vaccine mandate after closure

In-N-Out Burger
© Reuters / Mario Anzuoni
The In-N-Out Burger location at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco was temporarily closed last week for not checking customers for proof of vaccination as officials with the restaurant chain gear up for a fight over city COVID regulations.

An In-N-Out Burger representative confirmed in a statement that the San Francisco Department of Public Health closed the 333 Jefferson Street location last Thursday, Oct. 14, "because In-N-Out Burger Associates (employees) were not preventing the entry of customers who were not carrying proper vaccination documentation."

The representative said the restaurant — the only In-N-Out location in San Francisco — has since reopened but, indoor dining is unavailable. The restaurant is currently take-out only.

Arrow Down

A THIRD of mass Covid vaccine centres in England have closed since peak stage of the roll-out, NHS says demand is low

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England's Covid booster jab rollout is struggling to get off the mark because so many mass vaccination centres have been closed and GPs are too busy, it was claimed today.

Questions are being raised about why nearly 5 million vulnerable, eligible adults have yet to receive a third dose despite the booster programme launching a month ago.

NHS England boss Amanda Pritchard blamed the sluggish campaign on a dip in demand, suggesting people had become too complacent about their immunity.

Comment: Is this incompetence at higher levels or are the people choosing not to get the vaccine?




Airplane

Southwest employees score victory: Company scraps plan to punish unvaccinated employees

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According to CNBC, Southwest Airlines has scrapped their plan to punish employees who refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccination.

On Friday, Southwest's senior vice president of operations and hospitality, Steve Goldberg and vice president and chief people officer, Julie Weber, notified the company that unvaccinated employees would still be able to work past the originally planned December 8th deadline.

The decision by Southwest comes after the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association fought the company's vaccine mandate in court.

"The new vaccine mandate unlawfully imposes new conditions of employment and the new policy threatens termination of any pilot not fully vaccinated by December 8, 2021," the legal filing said. "Southwest Airlines' additional new and unilateral modification of the parties' collective bargaining agreement is in clear violation of the RLA."

Comment: The Great Southwest Airlines rebellion?


Cow

The way forward: Unhappy with prices, ranchers look to build own meat processing plants

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Rancher Rusty Kemp near grazing cattle on his Pioneer Ranch in this undated photo northwest of Tryon, Neb.
Like other ranchers across the country, Rusty Kemp for years grumbled about rock-bottom prices paid for the cattle he raised in central Nebraska, even as the cost of beef at grocery stores kept climbing.

He and his neighbors blamed it on consolidation in the beef industry stretching back to the 1970s that resulted in four companies slaughtering over 80% of the nation's cattle, giving the processors more power to set prices while ranchers struggled to make a living. Federal data show that for every dollar spent on food, the share that went to ranchers and farmers dropped from 35 cents in the 1970s to 14 cents recently.

It led Kemp to launch an audacious plan: Raise more than $300 million from ranchers to build a plant themselves, putting their future in their own hands.

Comment: Not a moment too soon. While the covid 'epidemic' has caused some bottlenecks due to lockdowns and testing requirements, the fact remains that the meat industry is currently a monopoly, where the flow of goods can be easily shut down for whatever reason. This is never good for the consumer. Best of luck to these gentlemen!


Bad Guys

UK study finds pandemic-hit NHS wastes over £560mn yearly on 'unnecessary' & addictive pills with severe withdrawal symptoms

opioid epidemic britain NHS pills
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Despite the Covid pandemic, the NHS is reportedly wasting as much as £568 million yearly on habit-forming drugs like painkillers and sleeping pills that the majority of patients do not need, leading to dangerous addictions.

Doctors in England are unnecessarily pushing dependency-causing opioids, antidepressants and other pills, according to a new study by the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry (CEP). Researchers found that three in four prescriptions were totally unnecessary in some cases.

The study, published on Tuesday in the journal Addictive Behaviours, revealed that, for many patients, their symptoms were not severe enough to warrant such medication. In other cases, safer options of treatment, such as counselling or less toxic drugs, were not fully explored while there were also instances of patients who were put on the pills for longer than required.

Comment: More damning information from the Daily Mail:
Concerns over prescription-drug dependency are not new. The Committee on Safety of Medicines — a government body set up after the thalidomide scandal of the 1950s — warned back in 1980 that patients given benzodiazepines for anxiety and sleep problems were at risk of becoming dependent on them if they stayed on them for longer than four weeks.

It urged GPs to limit the drugs' use, scrap repeat prescriptions and help patients come off the pills gradually — tapering to smaller doses — to avoid acute withdrawal symptoms.

Dr Davies says: 'Yet, here we are, 40 years later and roughly half of those NHS patients prescribed benzodiazepines have been on them for more than two years.

'It's the easiest thing in the world to prescribe a drug but it can be very difficult to get some people off them.'

Meanwhile, Britain's opioid crisis is starting to mirror that seen in the U.S., where overdoses have claimed more than 500,000 lives since the late-1990s.

Research published a year ago in the journal PLoS Medicine, by experts at Manchester University, found codeine use in the UK had risen five-fold in the previous decade. Prescriptions for opioids tramadol and oxycodone rose too. Latest data show deaths from codeine overdose rose to 212 in England in 2020 (from 156 in 2017); in the past decade codeine poisoning deaths have doubled.

Experts fear increased demand for over-the-counter codeine formulations may be largely to blame, sparking calls for a ban on their direct sale to the public.

Worryingly, the Manchester study showed one in seven first-time users of the painkillers became long-term users, even though it is known to lead to addiction.

Last year, the Medicines and Regulatory Healthcare products Agency — which vets drug safety — introduced stronger labelling for opioid medicines, warning patients they could get addicted and experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms if they stopped taking it suddenly. The body also says drugs such as tramadol and oxycodone should be limited beyond cancer patients.
The opioid crisis in the U.K. has the same antecedents as America's:


Question

Norway 'bow-and-arrow mass shooting by Islamic terrorist' turns out NOT to have been committed with a bow and arrows


Comment: Norwegian police reporting on this has been dodgy from the get-go. Why were the initial reports so full of details that were so wrong?


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© EPA
The Kongsberg supermarket where part of the attack took place reopened last Monday
Five people who died in an attack in Norway last week were actually killed by a "sharp object" and not a bow and arrow as was initially reported.

The suspect, Espen Andersen Brathen, shot at people with arrows in Kongsberg, close to the capital, Oslo.

But investigating officers said at some point he either discarded or lost his bow.

It was the worst attack in Norway since far-right extremist Anders Breivik massacred 77 people a decade ago.

Five people were killed with a sharp object both in their own homes and in public spaces, police said on Monday, without giving further details.

Comment: It sure sounds like they're hiding something. Were other people involved?