Archive for May, 2021

Dissent from secondary use of GP patient identifiable data

We have until June 23rd to submit this form to our GP to prevent the sale of medical information that is identifiable back to the patient (that means you) to 3rd parties.

Thanks to Byline Times for the tip!

The sale of such information is part of the Grand Sale of the NHS, which has been taking place since Thatcher came to power in 1978. A quick check of the effectiveness of health systems around the world will show that the private sector is not able to deliver adequate healthcare. Indeed the profit motive and the Hippocratic Oath are hardly compatible.


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What is important for your career in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at the University of Liverpool

With Project SHAPE progressing in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at the University of Liverpool, we have now moved onto the compulsory redundancy stage. As a senior member of staff who went back to the trenches after ten years in management, I have been contacted informally by a number of staff who have been sent a notice that they are at risk of redundancy. So I used my experience in management and my knowledge of the University to figure what may be important for retention in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at the University of Liverpool and, perhaps more important, what may kill your career and result in a P45.


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Unforced errors leading to UK covid disaster

My current list of major unforced errors by the Johnson government that have led to the covid disaster that is now 15 months old and shows little sign of letting up.

1.  No enforced quarantine for international travellers, starting in March 2020.

2. Allowing both Liverpool away and home matches in March.

3. Allowing Dido Harding to go ahead with Cheltenham races.

4. Locking down too late in March 2020 and no control over interactional travel during 1st lockdown.

5. Not implementing a full mask policy by March 2020, when aerosols were known to be main rout of transmission.

6. No measures at transport hubs such as airports, railway stations, major bus terminals, e.g., thermal imaging cameras: not perfect, but will stop symptomatic travellers.

7. Failing to beef up NHS testing and instead spaffing cash on private sector testing.

8. After 1st lockdown, continuing to allow international travel, rather than focussing on supressing virus: Scotland was 2 weeks, England ~1 months away in July 2020.

9. Late lockdown in November 2020.

10. Early release of lockdown in December = early Christmas for virus.

11. Continued absence of proper border controls for travellers and one month late in putting India on red list.

12. Reversal of school mask policy, despite deep understanding of aerosol transmission, and no implementation of rules on air exchange determining number of people in a room.

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