Archive for February, 2010

Pravda knows something we don’t?

Friday, February 26th, 2010

American Capitalism Gone With a Whimper April 04, 2009       Pravda Russia

It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people. True, the situation has been well prepared on and off for the past century, especially the past twenty years. The initial testing grounds was conducted upon our Holy Russia and a bloody test it was. But we Russians would not just roll over and give up our freedoms and our souls, no matter how much money Wall Street poured into the fists of the Marxists.

Those lessons were taken and used to properly prepare the American populace for the surrender of their freedoms and souls, to the whims of their elites and betters.First, the population was dumbed down through a politicized and substandard education system based on pop culture, rather then the classics. Americans know more about their favorite TV dramas then the drama in DC that directly affects their lives. They care more for their “right” to choke down a McDonalds burger or a BurgerKing burger than for their constitutional rights. Then they turn around and lecture us about our rights and about our “democracy”. Pride blind the foolish.

Then their faith in God was destroyed, until their churches, all tens of thousands of different “branches and denominations” were for the most part little more then Sunday circuses and their televangelists and top protestant mega preachers were more then happy to sell out their souls and flocks to be on the “winning” side of one pseudo Marxist politician or another. Their flocks may complain, but when explained that they would be on the “winning” side, their flocks were ever so quick to reject Christ in hopes for earthly power. Even our Holy Orthodox churches are scandalously liberalized in America.

The final collapse has come with the election of Barack Obama. His speed in the past three months has been truly impressive. His spending and money printing has been a record setting, not just in America’s short history but in the world. If this keeps up for more then another year, and there is no sign that it will not, America at best will resemble the Wiemar Republic and at worst Zimbabwe. These past two weeks have been the most breath taking of all. First came the announcement of a planned redesign of the American Byzantine tax system, by the very thieves who used it to bankroll their thefts, loses and swindles of hundreds of billions of dollars.

These make our Russian oligarchs look little more then ordinary street thugs, in comparison. Yes, the Americans have beat our own thieves in the shear volumes. Should we congratulate them? Join Pravda.ru forum. Registration is free and simple

Untouchable Government Hospital Bureaucrats

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Bosses at scandal-hit Stafford Hospital escape scot-free.  Instead they receive huge money awards.The senior managers who presided over one of Britain’s worst hospital scandals, in which up to 1,200 patients died, have all escaped discipline. By Rebecca Smith Medical Editor Published: 9:59PM GMT 24 Feb 2010 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/7310629/Bosses-at-scandal-hit-Stafford-Hospital-escape-scot-free.htm

Patients, most of whom were treated at the trust?s main hospital in Stafford, were ‘robbed of their dignity’ Photo: PA No one on the board at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust has faced censure and all of them were either paid off, walked into another job or allowed to remain in post. The man who ran the hospital trust received a large pay-off despite his part in the scandal. Martin Yeates, the former chief executive, left the trust “by mutual agreement” with a pay-off of £400,000 and a pension worth £1.27 million, it has been alleged.  Related Articles

The lack of disciplinary action emerged after the publication of a damning report into the treatment of patients between 2005 and 2008. An independent report commissioned by the Government found that patients were abused and neglected by hostile staff and were left in humiliating and undignified conditions. The impact on them was “unimaginable”, the report said. Patients, most of whom were treated at the trust’s main hospital in Stafford, were “robbed of their dignity”, left in soiled bedclothes, unwashed and in states of undress in full view of others, it found.

Families of patients had to clean lavatories and public areas themselves, while food and drinks were left out of reach and, it was alleged, patients drank out of vases. Attitudes of staff were at times “uncaring”. Managers were “in denial” about the problems and were concentrating on cutting costs and hitting targets to achieve foundation trust status, the report said. There was said to be a culture of fear and bullying with staff concerned they would lose their jobs if targets were not hit. The report followed an independent inquiry chaired by Robert Francis QC, a specialist in clinical negligence, who has acted in previous high-profile inquiries. It found that 18 of the 22 board members who ran the trust over the period under investigation had now left their roles, with none facing disciplinary action. Many went on to senior, well-paid lucrative positions elsewhere in the NHS.

Mr Yeates, 51, did not give evidence in person to the inquiry due to ill health and is not thought to be working. The trust’s most recent accounts show that he had built a pension pot worth more than £1.27 million by the time he stepped down, entitling him to annual payments of more than £65,000. The Government has previously stepped in to stop a payout to a chief executive of a failing trust. Rose Gibb, who left her post at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells in 2007 days before a critical report into the spread of Clostridium difficile on overcrowded wards, was in line for a £250,000 payment. Speaking about the Staffordshire report last night, Katherine Murphy, the director of the Patients Association, said: “It is absolutely disgusting and a total scandal that no senior managers have been disciplined over the appalling standards of care patients suffered at this trust.”

Ken Lowndes, a spokesman for the campaign group Cure the NHS, said: “No one has been disciplined either internally by the hospital, under the old regime or the current one, no one has been disciplined by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and no one has been disciplined by the GMC (General Medical Council). “The Government has tried to make out that this was just a few rotten apples in the barrel but it was not. The whole culture at the hospital was like this.” Toni Brisby, the chairman of the trust at the time, was allowed to step down without payment when a report by the Healthcare Commission last year disclosed the extent of the problems at the trust and the high mortality rates. Jan Harry, the director of clinical standards and chief nurse who pushed through damaging job cuts, has since been employed as interim director of operations at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. Helen Moss, the director of nursing and governance from December 2006, took a senior training role at East Midlands Strategic Health Authority last year. John Newsham, who was the finance director for more than a decade, took early retirement in 2008. Karen Morrey, the chief operating officer, founded her own company after quitting last year. Dr Val Suarez resigned as medical director in March last year but is still employed at the trust in her previous role as a pathologist.

The GMC said several doctors involved in Mid Staffordshire had been referred to the council for investigation but it would not disclose how many, and hearings have not yet been held. The Nursing and Midwifery Council has opened a case file and is investigating at least one nurse. It is also considering whether other nurses should be investigated. Andrew Lansley, the shadow health secretary said: “It is a scandal that a chief executive can walk away from these appalling events, with his financial rewards intact and not even give any account to the inquiry undertaken by Robert Francis.” Andy Burnham, the Health Secretary, said it was unacceptable for NHS mangers to be responsible for major failings at one organisation and then to get another job elsewhere in the service. The trust admitted Mr Yeates left with six months’ notice pay and his salary at the time was around £160,000. But officials said they were trying to discover if he had received any other payments on departing.

A spokesman for the trust said: “Former chief executive Martin Yeates did not receive a £400,000 pay off from the trust. “He was a member of the NHS Pension Scheme, which is a final salary scheme. He has received no pension enhancements from the Trust. “We will forensically examine the Robert Francis report to identify individuals criticised and take all necessary steps to ensure that the trust’s disciplinary procedures are robustly enforced.”

British Hospital patients hidden in closets

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Now three MORE female patients ‘kept in hospital store cupboard’ surrounded by blood-stained binsBy Jenny Hope
Last updated at 10:58 PM on 12th February 2010

A flagship hospital is facing an investigation as patients told of their nightmare stays in tiny windowless ‘broom cupboard’ treatment rooms.Elderly women described being transferred to 12ft by 16ft store rooms in the middle of the night – where they were surrounded by blood-stained bins, bandages and shelves of medical supplies.Some missed meals because they were not on proper wards while others described sleepless nights as nurses continually entered to collect stores.

Vulnerable: Rhoda Talbot, 85, was put into a store room at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital after surgery for a spine fractureIt has emerged that Norwich and Norfolk University Hospital has 27 cupboards – labelled ‘treatment rooms’ and regularly used to house patients – attached to wards.NHS watchdog the Care Quality Commission has launched an investigation into the £229million hospital, built less than a decade ago with private funding, after a flood of complaints. More…

The scandal came to light when 80-year-old Doris McKeown this week told the Daily Mail how she spent two days in one of the rooms as she awaited surgery for compressed nerves in her spine.Now 85-year-old Rhoda Talbot has told how she was admitted to the hospital last month with a hair line fracture to her spine and was moved into the ‘stock cupboard’ the night before her discharge.Her son Rod said: ‘It was literally a store room. There was shelf racking filled with stuff used to run the ward, green buckets with dirty, bloody needles in them and oxygen  cylinders.’ 

Cramped: The space where Doris McKeown was left overnight and kept awake by nurses who accessed the place to collect suppliesWhen Mrs Talbot, from Wroxham near Norwich, was collected by her family, she said: ‘I’m absolutely shattered. They [nurses] were in and out all night. Every time they came in they turned the light on.’Mr Talbot is planning a formal complaint and wants an apology to his mother over her ordeal.Another woman, Helen Howes, 35, complained to the ward sister after spending the night in a similar windowless room before urgent surgery on an abscess. She was hemmed in by dressing packs, catheter bags and other medical supplies and her handbag was put on a medical waste bin.

‘Even in the night I was having my bed moved across because the nurses needed to get to something on the left-hand side and my bed was too close for them to open the drawers,’ she said.The mother of one, who lives near Norwich, doesn’t blame nursing staff.Under fire: Norfolk and Norwich Hospital said the room Mrs McKeown (below) was kept in was a treatment room, not a cupboard‘They are powerless,’ she added. ‘They knew it was common practice. I wanted to highlight the completely unacceptable manner in which vulnerable patients, who perhaps feel too ill at the time to complain or feel they don’t have a voice to raise these issues, are treated.’Katherine Murphy, director of the Patients Association, condemned the cupboards. She said: ‘It’s so undignified. Families shouldn’t put up with it.’ Mrs McKeown, of Bungay, near Lowestoft, Suffolk, was moved to a ‘treatment room’ at 2am on October 22 and spent 48 hours there before surgery.

The 80-year-old missed out on meals and medication because she wasn’t on a proper ward and described the room as ‘like a broom cupboard’.Her daughter Dr Helen McKeown, a GP, added: ‘My mother needed emergency surgery and she ended up in a cupboard. Where’s the dignity in care?’’Regular problem’: Doris McKeown lies in the windowless store cupboard where she spent two days before surgeryLiberal Democrat health spokesman Norman Lamb branded the rooms unacceptable. Norwich and Norfolk University Hospital responded that all its treatment rooms were used strictly on a short-term basis.Director of nursing Christine Baker said: ‘Our interest is in making sure all our patients get the best possible care and that their dignity and privacy is protected. ‘We carefully assess any patient’s needs before they are placed in a ward clinical treatment room.’ Hospital spokesman Andrew Stronach claimed many hospitals followed the same procedure.

#1 Comment Welcome to the NHS. Britain has the WORST public health service in Europe accordingly to several researchers. Usurprisingly we also have the worst quality of life as well.- Mark, London, UK, 12/2/2010 17:18

#2Comment Appalling treatment of anyone but particularly our elderly. I notice the patients are all elderly…is that because we who are stronger in mind and body would not stand for it?? It is a sad state of affairs and the stress brought on by this experience for the patient and their families is unmeasureable and can only hinder the road to recovery and will have a lasting effect at a time when our elderly require sensitivity and respect.- Rosie, United Kingdom, 12/2/2010 17:14

#3 Comment It is not Free Health Care, but affordable health care for everyone. It is horrible to be without healthcare. I know, because I have been there. I also have many sick friends and co-workers who need to have surgeries and are not able to because they cannot afford to see a doctor.
Now I have health care, but my family cannot spend over $3600 a year in doctor and hospital visits. We also have to pay for our medicines which come out to $200 a month (my son has asthma). thank goodness we are healthy
Not every system is perfect and it sounds like the lady had a horrible recovery. maybe this story will make them make some changes.- jennifer, ky, U.S, 12/2/2010 17:12

#4 Comment Appalling, unforgivable, this will leave a lasting impression of these fragile elderly lives and those members of their families in the most trying of times. I time when you would expect more from this country. Our elderly do not have a voice and liberties are constantly taken with their good natured, take in your stride approach whereby they say nothing and pay the price…often with their life.- Rosie, United Kingdom, 12/2/2010 17:08

#5 Comment You have to admit that being in the broom cupboard is better than lying on a trolley in the corridor? I mean, you wouldn’t expect the hospital to sack all those “managers” and “diversity experts” that NuLiebr are so fond of, just so they can afford to care for those irritations… what d’you callem? Oh yes, the nursing and medical staff and the patients!
Take out medical insurance, people.- Dominic Fahr, Oxford, England, 12/2/2010 17:01

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Canada Premier chooses US over Canada for surgery

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Canadian Premier shuns Canada and goes to U.S. for heart surgeryKenyon Wallace, National Post  Published: Tuesday, February 02, 2010
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams will undergo heart surgery later this week in the United States.Deputy premier Kathy Dunderdale confirmed the treatment at a news conference Tuesday, but would not reveal the location of the operation or how it would be paid for.”He has gone to a renowned expert in the procedure that he needs to have done,” said Ms. Dunderdale, who will become acting premier while Mr. Williams is away for three to 12 weeks. “In consultation with his own doctors, he’s decided to go that route.”Mr. Williams’ decision to leave Canada for the surgery has raised eyebrows over his apparent shunning of Canada’s health-care system.”It was never an option offered to him to have this procedure done in this province,” said Ms. Dunderdale, refusing to answer whether the procedure could be done elsewhere in Canada.Mr. Williams, 59, has said nothing of his health in the media. “The premier has made a commitment that once he’s through this procedure and he’s well enough, he’s going to talk about the whole process and share as much detail with you as he’s comfortable to do at that time,” she said.Ms. Dunderdale wouldn’t say where in the U.S. Mr. Williams is seeking treatment.A popular Progressive Conservative premier, Mr. Williams has also seen his share of controversy. During the 2008 federal election, Mr. Williams vehemently opposed the Conservative government, launching his “Anything But Conservative” — which has been credited with keeping the Tories from winning any seats in the province.

Response #1 corx_g  7:54 AM on February 2, 2010Hide Details

I thought Canada had one of the best healthcare systems in the world while the US system sucked? Now I’m confused. Of course this guy is sacrificing his health by coming to the US while all those Canadians are living under that wonderful system they have up there. Idiots, stop being sheep lead to slaughter. If your system isn’t good enough for him why would you for an instance think it is good enough for you. If he won’t live under the system he supports why should you? If he says “You must live under the rules I deem apply to you but I don’t have to do so!” Then you are fools 

Canadian Response #2 Bay Bulls 7:55 AM on February 2, 2010If going to the USA for surgery is good enough for the likes of Danny Williams, it should be good enough for the rest of us lowly Canadians as well. 

Canadian Response #3 Jocko2 8:59 AM on February 2, 2010Hide DetailsHypocritical little weasel! It’s get in line and wait for us, but go to the head of the line in the U.S.for wealthy Danny Boy! Nothing but the best in medical care for his Highness. All animals are equal, but some, apparently, are more equal than others.

Canadian Reponse #4 spiffy26 4:14 PM on February 2, 2010

Paging Mr.Moore, Mr. Michael Moore !!! He couldn’t find anyone (in his movie) from Canada that had a problem with the “health care system” …