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A strong and stable Blithering


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  • Link of the week: National Cholesterol Month
    23 October 2020

    Every month or week of the year seems to be an awareness week, October has more than its fair share.

  • New redeployment service offers talent pool of motivated, work-ready individuals
    15 October 2020

    People 1st International have shared some of the work they are doing to support people displaced from industries due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There is an opportunity for health and care services to benefit from this workforce.

  • Link of the week
    9 October 2020

    Article published in the BMJ looking at the ability of the health service to quickly bounce back to pre-Covid levels of activity and considers if it is desirable.

  • Virtual Consultations– the patient perspective
    2 October 2020

    This week Jessie Cunnett, director of health and social care at Transverse has shared this article.

  • Virtual Consultations– the patient perspective
    1 October 2020

    This week Jessie Cunnett, director of health and social care at Transverse has shared this article - Virtual Consultations– the patient perspective.

  • Celebrating innovation in eye research
    24 September 2020

    This week Julian Jackson from VisionBridge has shared a report on eye research.

  • Link of the week: Comprehensive Spending Review and Covid-19
    24 September 2020

    This week we are sharing a blog that outlines the funding pressures and uncertainties faced by the health and care system

  • Risk stratifying elective care patients
    10 September 2020

    This blog has been shared by MBI healthcare technologies. As services are starting to treat routine patients those on waiting lists are making enquiries as to where they are on the list, and if they are still on the list.

  • Link of the week
    4 September 2020

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  • Link of the week
    28 August 2020

    This week we would like to share a blog published on the Mind website about being a BAME health worker in the pandemic.

  • Remote clinical triage model
    20 August 2020

    This week we are sharing how a remote clinical triage model was implemented at Tollgate Medical Centre. This has been shared with us by Sarah Portway, a Nurse, and Clinical Services Manager at Tollgate Medical Centre.

  • Can the Community Pharmacy become the gateway to integrated care in the NHS?
    13 August 2020

    The NHS is a continually evolving innovative demand led public service the role of the Community Pharmacist is becoming the public face on a journey to the more responsible public engagement in the personal care of individuals and their family. There are currently over 11000 Pharmacies many are single or small chain service providers, while multiples occupy the urban shopping centres and more densely populated conurbations, the value of the rural High Street can’t be understated.

  • Crunch time for patient involvement
    7 August 2020

    There are new challenges for primary care, which could really do with patient input. Mike Etkind, chair of a PPG and founding member of his PCN’s patient group, recognises the size of the task clinical directors have managed over the last few months but identifies two particular issues where patients have a necessary and valuable contribution, that need to be addressed now – the 2020 vaccination programme and primary care from a distance- total triage, remote consultations, and the use of telemedicine.

  • Link of the week - Visionbridge
    31 July 2020

    The link we are sharing this week was submitted by Julian Jackson, Visionbridge.

  • Links of the week
    23 July 2020

    This week we are sharing two articles with you.

  • Link of the week
    21 July 2020

    The blog is from the perspective of the Company Chemist Association's Chief Executive Malcolm Harrison.

  • Link of the week
    9 July 2020

    This week we are sharing a blog from the NHS Confederation’s “NHS Reset” looking at the work of Healthwatch, the role of volunteers in supporting patients being discharged from hospital and the importance of the community.

  • Virtual education sessions on spinal cord injury from Spinal Injuries Association
    2 July 2020

    This week Karen Mikalsen from the Spinal Injuries Association shares some information on their work and events for healthcare professionals.

  • Guest blog:Karen Chumley
    25 June 2020

    Thank you to Karen Chumley for a second blog –this time on the local use of an Electronic Palliative Care Coordination system during the Covid-19 pandemic. Karen is the Clinical Director and Deputy CEO at St Helena.

  • Link of the week
    19 June 2020

    This week's link of the week is article by Yasmin Khanagha published in Nursing Times – Why we need to open the conversation about racism.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

A strong and stable Blithering

Independent parliamentary candidate for Blithering and East Churlish, Martin Plackard sets out his vision of transformation, a properly funded health service and fairer hospital parking. In this leaked draft of his manifesto, Plackard pledges to out-pledge all the other candidates or your money back.

I make no apology for putting our NHS at the heart of my campaign to stand as your Member of Parliament in the forthcoming election.

Wherever I go I hear people say that our NHS is a cherished institution, a precious legacy to be passed down from our older people to our children and young people - and to their children and young people’s children and young people.

Our continued health and wellbeing depends on the sustainability of the NHS. Not to mention the jobs of the selfless and dedicated staff who work tirelessly to bring you the critical communications and media relations services without which the NHS would literally grind to a halt and fall off a cliff.

You’ve never had it so good

That’s why the final version of my manifesto, which I plan to leak next week, will contain a number of very specific policies, all of which are as fully costed as they are transformational.

These include a complete review of mental health to be accompanied by unprecedented increases in compassion and parity of esteem. To those who say “But what about the money?” I reply simply that we have an unwavering commitment to reduce spending in other areas to the extent that mental health will eventually be on an even footing with physical health.

Simon Stevens said recently that whichever party won the election the NHS would need to roll up its sleeves and get on with making the Five Year Forward View a reality.

But it’s not enough that we roll up our sleeves. We need to know how far to roll them, we need to know what good looks like, and we need to support the less advantaged to come up to the standards of the best.

Above all, we should not discriminate against those without sleeves, particularly our wonderful nurses.

I intend to make Blithering a rapid test site to accelerate the roll-out of the national roll-up programme.

Make Blithering great again

So-called STP areas have come in for a lot of criticism. We will set up an independent body to review whether or not local plans need reviewing, an independent regulator to guarantee the independence of the independent review body, and a new Department of Independence to ensure transparency and hold Independent Reviews England accountable to Parliament.  

I further pledge to end time-limited strategies such as the Five Year Forward View, which is to be streamlined and extended. The new Forward View will look forward indefinitely. There will also be no limit to the number of steps STP areas are permitted to take next.

Hospital parking has been a hugely controversial area. Many people have complained about the cost of parking, so I propose to abolish charges altogether. This will allow commuters, shoppers and local businesses to benefit from our excellent hospital car parks, which have until now been used exclusively by patients and their families.    

Tough on health, tough on the causes of health

We intend to make the children of Blithering the healthiest in the world. Given the current state of our young people and the persistent cycles of deprivation and ill-health, we propose to import healthy children from abroad to kick-start our indigenous kids – subject to getting the right deal on Brexit.

We are putting prevention and self-care at the heart of our manifesto. We plan to introduce a cap on care for those who choose to age irresponsibly or become needlessly unwell. We also plan to penalise those who refuse to tackle their own health inequalities. It’s all part of a general crackdown on demographics, the main cause of the problems facing our NHS today.

So where will all the money come from to fund this progressive programme?  If we are to get the services we deserve, we need to be prepared to pay for them – and the main burden must fall on those with the broadest shoulders. Once elected, I will introduce a new very high level of tax to kick in at just above the salary of a middling to high earning director of communications.

Make no mistake. We will not shirk the hard choices.

Political editor: Julian Patterson 


(Dedicated to the memory of Kathleen Patterson. With huge thanks to the staff of Bedford Hospital and to Andy and Tom of the East of England Ambulance Trust.) 

Ali Chapman
Ali Chapman says:
May 12, 2017 07:39 AM

You certainly get my vote.

Julian Patterson
Julian Patterson says:
May 12, 2017 08:33 AM

Thanks, Ali

david seabrooke
david seabrooke says:
May 12, 2017 08:58 AM

NEWS UPDATE - Blithering & East Churlish election candidate Martin Plackard confirms that he is NOT under investigation.
SPORTS NEWS - the Chairman of Blithering FC directors confirms that club manager Joe Scuttle has the full support of the board.

Julian Patterson
Julian Patterson says:
May 12, 2017 09:07 AM

Joe Scuttle. Excellent!