Lest We Forget.

15 Jan

I wrote this for the national day of remembrance on 3rd December to remember all those who have died as a result of the disability assessments, people in this country tend to forget that we are people and human beings who struggle with horrendous disabilities and illnesses. We are not scroungers or work-shy. We would give anything not to have the disabilities that we battle every single day. This was written for all those who have lost a loved one and missing them because of these horrendous governmental polices and the outcomes of the austerity measures which the disability assessments are part of. You will never be forgotten, and this is the poem that I will be reading outside the royal courts of Justice on 16th January.

Lest We Forget

I miss you every single day
The pain it never goes away
I hear your voice whispering in the trees
The whispering of the leaves saying talk to me

I remember every smile in the sun
The days of laughter and having fun
The days of seeing you fight terrible pain
Nothing in this life feels the same again

I have to live without you and be so very strong
I wondered what I would have done, how did they get it wrong?
The stress and the fear it tore you apart
I feel so much anger inside me, where I do start?

I know if you were here right now, here is what you would have said
Put the anger to one side, and concentrate on getting justice instead
Get my story out there, and get my story told
But I am safe from harm now, I will never grow old

I feel you all about me, just beyond my reach
Feel you in the wind in my hair while walking on the beach
Feel your warmth and wonderful spirit in every setting of the sun,
Now I am crying once again, I am hurting every one.

Every day without you, is tearing at my heart
It is pure hell without you, I hate being apart
I hear you saying to me, you have to go on
Come on you can do this, you know that you are strong

I hate what happened that you took your life that day
I so wish that you talked to me, we would have found a way
The Government have a lot to answer for, trust me they do
But I make you this promise, I will get justice for you

I will never forget you, and the others too
Or the horrendous hell you were all put through
You live in my memories and in my heart every day
I just wish there was something to take the pain away

Please, pause remember and reflect
For two minutes we remember those who have passed with love and respect
They are in our hearts every single day
We pay tribute to them all today

To the 10,600 ill and disabled people who have lost their lives
You will live on through us, you will never die
For your stories are inspirational and your stories will be told
You are not in pain anymore, and you will never be old

To this government shame on you for this!
We who campaign have one lasting wish
To see justice served and to bring you down
We won’t stop campaigning until we get you out!

Lest We Forget…..Rest in Peace…

(C) 2012…PP

Protestor Poet. xx


The Fear of The WCA. The Fight For Justice.

7 Jan

I think I had better start at the beginning.  That dreadful time in the summer of 2010 when David Cameron and Nick Clegg formed the Condem government.  A dreadful nightmare that quickly became the harsh reality.  I listened to all David Cameron’s speeches.  The “We will get disabled people off benefits and back into work, work will pay, why should the hard working people of this country pay for those languishing on benefits?  They work hard, long hours, while others scrounge off the system and lie in bed behind their closed curtains”….Oh yes, I remember those speeches well, I can still see the hatred in his eyes every time he mentioned the word “Welfare” and the words “benefit claimants”  We were not, and we are not human beings to him.  To Mr David Cameron, we are not human beings we are described as stock, a number, valueless and useless, not people.

I remember that spending review, George Osbourne odious man that he is, reading out cut after cut after cut £18 billion to come off the welfare budget.  All disabled people on Incapacity Benefits to be reassessed from October 2010 to spring 2014 and Disability Living Allowance to be scrapped and replaced by Personal Independent Payment, Independent Living Fund to be scrapped, the list went on, the feeling sick and pain got worse.

You know what still haunts me from that day?  That evil smile as he sat down, and was clapped, and patted like he was the messiah.  It glowed in his eyes that smug smile, I remember that I threw my glass of water at the screen, smashed the glass and so wish it was George Osborne’s head I was smashing.  I wanted to smash him before he had a chance to smash us.  But it was not to be.

I had heard horror stories of the Employment and Support Allowance since it’s introduction 2008, which Labour introduced under the Welfare Reform Act in 2007.  All new claimants were assessed for Employment and Support Allowance and the rest, well, some time in the future.

My first taste of it, was a good friend of mine, who had terrible Anxiety, Agrophobia and Depression.  He, needless to say, went along to Croydon; that is my nearest assessment centre (no disabled access by the way, completely wheelchair inaccessible and no where to park) and he scored a total of no points at his face to face assessment.  I used to practice meditation with him.  He loved motorbikes and rock music.  Alex was his name.  He went to the doctors to get a fit note to appeal the decision.  The GP would not give him one because the DWP said he was fit for work and the GP agreed with them.  He could not appeal.  He called me in a panic from Eastbourne and said “I can’t go on.  I don’t want to.  What chance have I got of a job, I can’t cope with anything I can’t cope with the darkness in my head”.  Those were the last words he ever said.  The line went dead.  The phone was switched off. My heart plunged into the floor and the feeling something bad had happened to him  stayed with me.   The following day it was confirmed  he had taken his own life.  I was devastated.  That was in 2009.

In October 2010, the reassessments had started.  I was hearing more stories, people losing their money, and facing a bleak future.  I was scared.  To be more blunt, I was petrified.  I started obsessing over that brown envelope.  Every day I was waiting for that postman to come, my heart in my mouth, obsessing over it.  Could not sleep, could not eat, and was coming apart at a rate of knots.

In December 2010, a week before Christmas, my friend had a phone call from the DWP, and all her benefits were stopped.  In fact, to add insult to injury they said she had been over paid and they wanted back £26,000.  She was Bipolar and her name was Carol.  She had three young children.  I remember talking to her a few days before she died.  We chatted at the Community Options Involvement Network Meeting and she expressed her worries about the DWP and what was going on.  I begged her to see a doctor and get some help.  She did, she told him she was going to die and how, and he ignored her.  She got the letter from the DWP saying she owed all that money on a Tuesday.  She left her family a note and went to my local train station and jumped from platform 3.  There was a picture of her covered up body on the tracks in my local paper.  The British Transport Police told her devastated husband is there any reason why she would have done this?  He handed over the letter from the DWP and the note she left with it.  Now words fail me sorry.   Every Christmas I see her face.  We lit a lantern of rememberance for her at a meeting into the sky one night a few days before Christmas.  The last thing she said to me was this, “Promise me one thing.  Promise me you will get justice for me against these scumbags.  Promise me”

“I promise”.   I should have done more than that.  I should have been there to help her fightback.  I didn’t because I wasn’t well enough and I feel I let her down.  Every now and then I go to her grave and remember and make her that promise that I Will get justice for her somehow.

Christmas 2010, I was horrendously depressed.  I could not get Carol’s face out of my head, and I was having terrible family problems.  The fear of the benefits assessments were driving everyone around me crazy. I kept talking about them, I felt i was being spied upon.  I felt that the DWP were spying on me watching my every move.  I lived in one room with furniture piled against the door in case they tried to hurt me.  Buried in my duvet I could not read any newspapers or watch TV all the news was horrendous  It was scaring me to death.

In January 2011, the depression worsened and became so severe where I attempted to take my own life by a massive overdose.  I thought i had been bugged by the DWP and tracked and tried to open my arm to find the bug.  When I was found the only note that was found near me was this, “Please make the DWP go away and leave me alone I can’t take anymore, I don’t want to live with this constant fear”

I had to have my stomach pumped out and was in hospital for the next three months.  I could not bear the words, DWP, ATOS, Brown Envelopes, Postman, Cameron.  The staff were told not to talk to me about anything connected with benefits.  I was not to watch TV and listen to the news.  The were worried about my heart at one point, I was so stressed.  I needed medication to help me sleep, and medication to control my heart rate.  I needed medication to make “the men in grey go away”  who lurked in my room as I tried to sleep.  At one point the staff had to sit with me.  That is what the fear of the benefits changes did to me.

I came out of hospital in the April to more devastating news.  Not only was my father diagnosed with dementia on the day I was discharged, but, a very close personal friend of mine called Rob died on 6th April 2011.  The worries of the benefit changes got too much for him, he had dreadful kidney problems and he was found in his kitchen collapsed on the floor.  He was admitted to our local hospital where he relapsed into a coma and subsequently died. 

He was so supportive to me in hospital.  Not a day went past where he did not text me.  Not one.  I still can’t get rid of his messages or his mobile number from my phone.  I still have the book he bought me to cheer me up in hospital “Hit a jellyfish with a spade” and within it I keep the funeral service sheet with his picture on it.  Every day I think of him.  I used to call him “Mr Motivator” because he was.  He motivated everyone, so helpful, so cheerful and such a wonderful human being who would help anyone.

After his funeral, I battled my mental health, but I started having problems with my physical health.  I was tired all the time, physically exhausted, and everyone said I looked washed out.  In November 2011 my hands became painful, swollen, stiff and miss shappen.  By Christmas I was unable to move them, and reliant on my husband to do everything for me.  I had tests and in January 2012 I was diagnosed with the auto immune disease RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis.)  I was given steroid injections and chemo medication to help me combat it.  I have since found out that all the stress I was under could have been a contributory factor to my contracting the disease when I did.  I will never know for sure.

So there I was in the early parts of 2012 battling physical and severe and enduring mental health issues.  Then, on 4th May 2012 the dreaded brown envelope arrived.  It was a Saturday the bank holiday weekend.  Thanks for ruining my weekend DWP.  I am positive that they do it on purpose, send it at a certain time so that it wrecks weekends and holidays.  Another form of torture to hurt us with.

I could not bear that phone ringing.  Every time it did, I thought it was them.  We got a caller display phone and 18 days went by and nothing.  I went to pieces.  Eventually my mum called them, I had to answer a couple of questions, then I handed the phone to my mum and burst into tears.  A few days later, a dreaded white envelope turned up.  With the smallest envelope and a silly size ESA50 questionnaire with a letter the words “Medical Services” on it telling me I had to get it back by 18th June or “my benefits would be affected”  that made me panic,and I freaked out, and I still have vivid memories of my throwing up and fainting.  That is what that questionnaire and ATOS did to me that day.

The next three weeks were filling out the most horrendous questionniare I had ever seen and gathering what medical information I could.  The stress was horrendous.  I posted nearly every day on face book because I was worrying about it, scared, frightened not sleeping again.

Well I sent in a novel. 100 pages, photos of my joints, the lot.  It went back on 8th June.  It was one way a relief that the questionnaire had gone back.  I had nothing else to give them.  There was nothing else they could know.  I told them everything.  You know the hardest part of this process?  It was the wait.  That day by day not knowing if the phone would ring, or the post man would drop that brown envelope on that mat.  Face book and the groups I had joined really helped me.  Others were going through it too.  I was not alone with it.  We supported each other and shared information.

In July 2012 were the horrible programme from Channel 4 “Dispatches” and BBC1 “Panorama” about Britain on the sick etc.  I remember that ATOS training doctor on the Dispatches programme calling the process “toxic”  if you had one arm, one finger you were found fit for work.

My mood after that plummeted.  I was so frightened.  Eight weeks had gone by and nothing. On the Monday night after the programme  I had the medication in front of me to kill myself again.  I felt dreadful and I could not go on.  The wait was pure torture.  I could not take another day of it.  Then, on 4th August, I got my decision letter.  I was placed in the support group.  The relief!  It was huge.  My legs would not hold me up that day and I collapsed on the floor and sobbed my heart out.  I went on a roller coaster of emotions over the whole process.  But do you want to know something?  Within a few days the fear returned.  Oh yes it’s back and it will not go away.  I know that very soon, a envelope will turn up and the whole process will begin again, and all the fear, stress, anxiety will come flooding back and the torture of that phone ringing again.  

My mental health has never stablised.  No medication has worked for me.  I have a progressive auto immune illness that has shortened my life and will worsen over time there is no cure for that.  Sorry, ATOS, but, be realistic I know I am.  I struggle to hold a pen, turn the pages of a book, pick up a penny and even hold a knife and fork.  Most days I am in crippling pain, throwing up and sitting on that toilet wishing with everything I have inside of me I was not here.

I feel useless, and pointless.  I really do, and most people who know me do not understand that, as they see someone who would help anyone, stand up for others and fight for them with everything I have, and yet, I cannot fight for myself.  Explain that.

Is this what life has come to battling illnesses every day, unable for the most part to do the simplest of things for myself, and needing help all the time?  I wondered what I could have been, I had a big career and was working my way up until mental illness took that from me at the age of 23 with a breakdown at my desk.

Now I am reduced to relying on people to help me out of bed, at times feed me, and at times keep me safe from danger.  The future is uncertain and scary.  I know I will go through this horrible cruel process again with the same scary thoughts and also with PIP when that is my turn to go through that.

I have lost 16 friends to this nightmare of a process.  Oh yes they are all dead.  I wish someone would explain these polices to me and why this is happening.  To them they think we are stock. We are nothing.  We are human beings.  We want to live, be part of society, be thought of as an equal and paying our own way.  We did not ask to be like this.  We would give anything not to be like this, anything.  We would give anything to be working, but so many of us are too unwell and we need the support, only it will not be there.

I have often wondered, through my campaigning and struggles with my disabilities how we stop this government, or for want of a better word fightback.

2 brave mental health claimants have challenged the government over the WCA process and are going to be challenging this in court.  The mental health resistance network has campaigned for, and fought so hard for, a judicial review.  I was outside the royal courts of justice on that rainy day in June when the application for the judicial review was read.  I was in a lot of pain, but i had to support this.  There is a picture of me somewhere standing with a placard outside that court hoping and praying for that review to be granted, and on 24th July 2012 it was.

This is one way we can hurt the government, legally.  This will not be the first legal challenge to this government.  It won’t be.  On Tuesday, 15th January in courtroom 6 of the upper tribunial courts of the royal courts of justice in London the mental health resistance network begin their quest for justice.  I wish them luck.  I really do.  I will be in that court room for two of those days.  I promised my friend justice.  I want to be there for them and for the tens thousand or so human beings  who have died because the of the effects of the WCA process.  The stress, the fear the dreadful anxiety played a contributory factor in so many of their deaths, each one has a family who grieves.  Each one has a family whose life will never be the same again.  They want justice too.

To all of you reading this, the only thing I hope for and I hope happens  Is that this government gets what comes to them and justice is served, and I hope one day they will be held accountable.

Good luck mental health resistance network.  We are all behind you.  Let’s hope justice prevails.

To Carol and to Alex, Rob and my other friends I won’t name because it is so painful for me and I cried a bucket of tears writing this.  I will never ever forget you.  Ever.  You will always be with me and you will be in that courtroom with me on 16th January as I sit with my friends listening to those legal debates.  I promise you this.  Your stories will be told and you will always always live on.

Protestor Poet. x




Reasons why I campaign

6 Jan

Wicked blog, excellent. x

Open Your Eyes And Really See What Is Happening To Your NHS.

4 Jan


For the longest time I have been worried and very concerned about what is happening to the NHS in England.  The Introduction of the Private Finance Initiative, of which my trust in South London is currently under special administration and faces being broken into pieces under proposals that are with the current Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt as we speak.

In April 2012, The Health and Social Act came into being under this act, and the primary care trust as you know them to be now, will be abolished and replaced on 1st April 2013 by Clinical Commissioning Groups, (CCG’s)

The CCG’s are the groups of GP’s and “other healthcare” professionals that will take over from the primary care trusts from April and they will be responsible for designing local care services in England

They will be commissioning of buying health care services such as:

  1. Elective Care.
  2. Rehabilitation Care.
  3. Urgent and Emergency Care.
  4. Most Community Services.
  5. Mental health and Learning Disability Services.

All GP Practices in England, under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, are required to be members of a CCG.  The aim is to give GP’s and other clinicians the power to influence the commissioning of the health needs of their patients.  Here is the thing, and something that is quite concerning the CCG will be responsible for the entire NHS Budget of £65 BILLION.

It is the biggest single change to the NHS since it’s creation in 1948.

It’s important to note and understand the changes that we face.  The CCG’s have been framed as being significantly different to their commissioning predecessors the PCT’s because they will hand a larger role to the GP’s.  The CCG’s need to follow on the value that the clinicians bring into commissioning.

Focus should be on clinical risk, and how clinical risk is managed when defining services from a hospital to a community setting.  Attention needs to be also given to defining population health needs as well, so that commissioning intentions are properly handled and clearly defined.

Am I worried?

Yes.  Why?  Well, firstly, CCG’s will be relatively young organisations that need time to grow and many have challenges ahead.  Secondly, CCG membership has a mix of clinicans ma managers and lay people to represent patients.  It should also be pointed out that many CCGs are being led by GP’s. who are able to give a day or two a well of their time to the CCG’s, the rest of the time they are in their own practice.  What concerns me is that there is a risk that the clinical voice will not be as prominent in the commissioning decisions, and manage with no clinical experiences will be making decisions based on all our health needs.

So why the upheaval then?

CCG’s if clinically led, not management led, can be a producer for patients and the population.  In Financial Year 2013/14, it promises to be very tough for the NHS, and CCG’s will need to make some TOUGH commissioning decisions.  THIS WILL AFFECT ALL OF YOU.

This will mean moving services outside the hospital setting (more hospitals to close then) consolidating services on fewer sites (which means longer travel to different area for all of you) and stopping some services altogether, (which means you will be removed from a list with no warning, only to be told the criteria has changed and you do not meet it.)

With less than 4 month to go before CCG’s formally take over from primary care trusts, just eight of the 211 CCG’s are fully authorised by the NHS Commissioning Groups to begin their work.  After a five month assessment no fewer than 119 were not tested, a further 26 CCG’s in the first wave of the New Year have been attached with conditions.

3 more waves of CCG’s are authorised to follow in the New Year.  Many of the CCG’s are beset by  problems that are in these first waves that showed as having significant, unstable financial and effective governance problems.

Managers working in both the PCT’s and CCG’s have seen many CCG boards struggle with strategic planning, PCT’s were set up to cover whole population area.  In some ways they had the opposite problems to that new experienced by the CCG’s.  The outgoing PCT’s were good at the big picture but struggled to get down to a granular understanding of population need.  GP’s have a detailed understanding of the health needs of patients but are not used to planning across the big population needs.

There are widespread concerns about governance.  Through no fault of their own, GP’s leading the CCG have been thrust into a position where they are at certain risk of conflict of interest and many of them do not seem to understand the crucial importance of robust advice and establishing procedures to ensure they cannot be accused of improper conduct.

Crucially, some have not grasped that is not whether you intend to do anything wrong for that matter, it is able to determine that you are squeaky clean.

A GP source in Welling, Kent, told me that he will be paid £5 a patient in their practice to slash the number of patients they refer to hospital.  GP’s are to be offered financial incentives if they meet targets to reduce referrals.  Every time a doctor sends a patient for a scan, consultation or operation, the local NHS trust is charged for the cost of that patient’s treatment.

The trusts are trying to save money by urging GP’s to cut the number of so called “inappropriate referrals”.

But leading doctors, including members of the BMA say it’s unethical to pay doctors for effectively withholding treatment.

Dr Laurence Bickelman, Chairman of the GP Committee of the BMA said, “There is no way that paying doctors for withdrawing treatment is acceptable”

This brings up the concern I made earlier about the CCG’s and GP’s as they would produce obvious conflict of interest.  You cannot ever have a patient in front of you it it’s in your interest to treat them.

He said “I have yet to find, anyone who thinks this is a good idea, i don’t see overall enthusiasm for this.  I am very concerned” and said, “that these schemes are happening”.

So, for example, an idea of the scheme is this.  How would say £26,00 a year in extra funding for the practice work?

Well, under a scheme proposed by Harrow PCT in North West London, doctors have been promised £4 for every patient in their practice if they follow certain steps aimed at cutting referrals.

The amount of money each practice gets depends on the number of patients on it’s books, and whether it meets all of the “referral” targets  that are set by the CCG’s.

To get the full amount, practices must allow a number of steps which include reducing their referrals by 10%.

They must draw up lists, giving the details of the names of the patients referred, the reasons they were sent to hospital, and which GP ordered it.

Then, the practice must also nominate a GP to scruntise every patient referred to hospital to ensure they are “appropriate”.  The scheme covers referrals ranging from patients sent to for scans, to rule out possible cancer to those needing to see specialists for a hip and knee operation.

If a practice meets all the criteria it will be £4 for every patient not referred to hospital and it’s books.  If it only meets certain fulflments they just get £1 or 2 per patient.

All average sized practices roughly have 6, 500 on their books so they stand a maximum of £26,000 a year of additional funding by this method as long as it meets all the targets.

Doctors could then decide to spend money as they wished on better facilities for the surgery or “to increase their salaries”

A surgery with 6,500 patients are likely to send 650 to 1,300 patients for reference to hospital a year.  Harrow PCT insisted that the schemes treat the patients “best interests” and that they are more likely to improve care whilst saving the NHS money.

At Hardwick Clinicial Commissioning Group in Derbyshire the practices are offered 25p per patients up to 1,600 in total if they cut referrals.  Luton PCT in Bedfordshire is also proposing to offer practices extra funding to cut referrals, though details are not available to post here.

Although the NHS has been protected from the cuts to it’s budget by ring fencing, it has been ordered to make £20bn of savings by 2014, by running more effectively.

Whitehall and dear old David Cameron say the savings are necessary to ensure there is enough money to care for all the elderly population.  Explain to me, Mr Cameron, the care pathway where 60,000 people are on the care pathway without their knowledge or that of their families and the doctors can withhold treatment from the patient.  What happens?  The patient can and will die.  Mr Hunt, thinks the care pathway is a “bright and good idea”.  What killing off thousands of patients Mr Hunt?  Euthanasia?

Frightening and worrying and damn right petrifying what this government are about don’t you think?

It must also be pointed out that many trusts have resulted to try and slash referrals by rationing of treatment and cutting back on the number of staff.  Some trusts are trying to reduce spending by sending some patients to other surgeries that other specialist services such as physiotherapy rather than take to them hospital because it’s cheaper.

Doctors are arguing that the 2012 Health and Social Care Act “will lead to the abolition of the NHS in England” and falliable the transistion from a single pay financed system to a mixed funding system (PRIVATE HEALTHCARE INSURANCE) with increasing priviatisation of the provision and commissioning of health care in England.

Here are some thoughts to make you think and chew over as I try to bring this blog to an end.

When you go to see a GP, and they say you don’t need to see a consultant and certain medication will no longer be available, be sure whether that decision is because it’s best for you, or because the GP has their eyes of that new car of holiday (I talked about financial incentives earlier)

When it takes longer to get an appointment with the GP, or you can’t pre book one it’s because the GP’s are in meetings with staff from companies like KPMG (who are in turn owned by ATOS) who are making their commissioning plans for the CCG’s to rubber stamp.

How many GP’s will know enough to challenge the advice of the “experts” and their flow charts and glossy brochures.

If you want to challenge the policies you’ll find that the CCG’s that your practice is part of has decided that the meetings about such important things happen in private.

If your GP says you need to see a consultant, you will find a really long wait and waiting times to see a consultant in ENGLAND have risen by 34 per cent in the last two years since the condems came to power in 2010.  This is because your local hospital will be selling as much as 50 per cent of it’s capacity to private providers.  This is something that is already happening.  That all NHS trusts need to be doing this just to balance the books especially as public money on the system is reduced year on year.

If you care requires co ordination  then you’ll it can’t happen because parts of the care path are now being run by private companies who have different systems and planning services in that they could be seen as anti-competitive.  The experts are still arguing whether the system know as “any qualified provider” means decisions about working together can be challenged using European Competiveness.  Gp’s won’t know that the big money deep pockets of the private providers are lining up to exploit uncertainty and are rich enough to hire the best lawyers to challenge every commissioning decision they just, well, do not like

If you have a specialist need you will find you can no longer get to you local hospital because your clinical commissioning group has contracted each condition to a different service which for efficiency serves large areas and are located 50 miles away.

Some of the first services contracted out were maternity services and my trust in South London knows all about that, with the closure of the maternity department at Queen Mary’s Hospital Sidcup in 2010, and Lewisham Hospital about to lose theirs.  It will mean that there are two maternity department for Lewisham, Bromley, Bexley, and Greenwich.  There being four London Boroughs that serves over 1.5 million.

In the longer term, you;ll find a system in which doctors and nurses become increasingly scarce and are not keeping their skills up to date because the system of teaching hospitals has been broken down, and the private health care providers don’t like to spend profits on teaching their junior doctors, as it goes on share holders, people with vested interests in private health care companies.  People like David Cameron, George Osbourne and Iain Duncan Smith and David Milliband, across all parties and most of the Lords do as well.

The strategic Health Authority who currently manage the commissioning and provision of having and setting up development will be abolished in a couple of years and the health bill currently has no plans in it to replace that function.

Health Education England is still just a name.

The question of which practice you register with will be a lot more crucial as this will determine which clinical commissioning group will be paying for any care you need.  Health will no longer be planned on services of needs of a locality, but on the basis of the Business Plan for the collection of practices.

The budget will be used for patients who suddenly need a £70K heart transplant, but, if the balance is unsettled then services where young fit people will be protect their profits, while those serving ill patients will have to RATION  treatment or go BUST like a hospital.

We don’t know how the system will stand up when there is an epidemic or health crisis because the whole public system of public health is to be re designed on new lines, and that PCT’s that formerly planned for this and co-ordinated the system response to crisis are being broken apart and abolished.

And when all this goes wrong, you are likely to find that the Secretary of State for Health will step back and claim that “my hands are tied” and it is now out of their control because the traditional accountability relied on for 60 years has been removed, and the lawyers and politicans are still arguing over this.

Keep this in mind, that in 2009, Jeremy Hunt called “the NHS a 60 year old mistake” and in the same year, David Cameron called it “A soviet style calamity” They do want the NHS to exist.  David Cameron likes his profits from private health care companies.  Open your eyes and see this government for what it really is, corrupt and wrong.

The NHS was not broken in the first place, the case for change was not based on evidence.  Yes, it can be improved upon and times are changing, but we still want the NHS to be keep the NHS in public hands and to be publicly accountable.  I know I for one, want the NHS.  Do you?

What’s that saying – it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

You need to understand this, when the NHS is gone, it’s gone.  These changes are not going to be reversed.

The majority of Briions have been born and grew up with a health service that was there for the public good, than for private.  Many take the NHS for granted, that it is there when you need it, and  often, most of the time, they don’t think about it at all.

With the CCG’s hundreds of GP’s when they signed the consitutions of the GGC’s only a little while ago were being asked to sign legal agreements from speaking out against the CCGs and what happens in the groups. They have banned the GPs from talking out in public about the CCG’s, and if they want to say something they have to get written permission fro every member of the group.  So GP’s have been gagged.

You have read this and though what the….but, every word is true.  You know, because I have raised concerns on the NHS and what is happening to it I have been accused of being a scaremonger, etc.   All I can one day you will need it and then it will be too late,  and that these changes that I have talked about for these many months are a now a cold reality.

Just one last thing, have you noticed the flood of private health care insurance ads on TV? and everywhere you look?  Now, do you see where this is going?  Privatisation.

Can you afford private health care insurance?  That most pre exisiting conditons are not covered, or premimums will be loaded?  That 99 per cent of people in this country can not afford it?

Now you have read this.  Open your eyes.  This is 21st Century Britain, This is what is happening to your NHS.


Protestor Poet. x


Watch This, The Video of David Camron and Nick Clegg lies. This video are some of the reasons why I campaign and stand up.

3 Jan

Yes, I really do hate Yo-Yo’s a book of Poetry.

3 Jan


Here’s to 2013!

1 Jan


Someone asked me yesterday to write a peice of poetry about the new year, so here it is, here’s to 2013! Happy New Year to all of you xx

Here’s to 2013!

Well here we are and it’s 2013
The bells are ringing, ding a ding ding
A new year and new beginnings it’s true
I wish the very best for all of you

To new beginnings and a new start
Where I wish with all my heart
Peace and happiness all year through
I wish all that for all of you

If troubles beset you which they sometimes will
Reach out in the darkness when you feel so ill
Help is never far away and someone will reach out
Care and kindness are what it’s all about

There is always someone out there who is worse than you
Just reach out and help them through
A smile for someone else can really brighten their day
It can lift their spirits, and chase those blues away

Always stand up for what you belive
Even if you are on your own, and others think you lie and deceive
For standing up and fighting is the bravest thing to do
You can make a difference, that person can be you

Alway be the very best at what you want to be
Always see the vision that no one else can see
Always challenge and think, do not accept the status quo
You will lead the way, and you can make it so

Never judge another when they have let you down
Never say those nasty things when they make you frown
Try to forgive and let the feelings go
You will lighten in spirit, and you won’t feel so low

No one in this world is perfect, you know it to be true
But I wish all of you peace and happiness to last your lives through
So I raise a glass to you, and wish you a good new year
Have a peaceful one and to you all Cheers!

So, here it is, 2013
The bells are ringing, ding a ding ding
Thank you all for all the love and kindness you have shown to me
You have all given me hope, and the best is yet to be.

(c) PP 2012.