Saturday, 28 March 2015

The Tory party and 24/7 Health Service?

Today we had the news headlines that the National Health Service was going to be operating 24 hours a day 7 days a week "if" the Conservatives are re elected.

With all due respect, people have been taken ill all hours of the day for a long time, and have been treated, so just who is this Tory leader trying to convince.

It's not new, it's all things that they tried to cut back with savage cuts, now they are trying to say, it's all going to be new,  if they are re elected.

I may have a nuerological illness similar  to dementia, but even I know, that we had all of this just a few years ago, untill this government and the last, started getting involved in something that they know very little about.

Mr Cameron had decreed that people with dementia would get a diagnosis with in 6 weeks, and that doctors surgeries will be open longer, just to state two things that I can remember, but where is the extra money, and the extra doctors coming from.

The doctors complained rightly because like other illnesses, they were being forced into diagnosing people early, and at one stage the government were going to pay doctors to diagnose people earlier and faster, but then that was thrown out, because it was unworkable

The national health service is top heavy with managers and quangos all attached to the NHS, and it's these groups who are taking the money, not the doctors or the hospitals, as many people think.
There are so many government quangos and management departments hidden within the NHS, and it's these departments , which need to be cut before they go any further, because these people who get the gold plated pensions and extremely high salaries, etc and drain the system.
If Mr Cameron had any common sense or sense of memory, he alone would know that Mrs thatcher go rid of these quangos, yet they have all come back again

 Chief executives at hospitals also dictate what the money will be spent on, yet they are not qualified to work in the hospitals. 
They get vast salaries, yet they are never accountable to anyone, it's always the doctors of nurses who get the blame for failings.

If we want better services we need to remove all of these managers and have doctors and nurses in charge, because they know what is needed, and do not need a high profile unqualified manager telling them what to do.

It's also time that political parties stopped using the NHS as an election tool, and spoke the truth, rather than saying something that is totally untrue.

The hospital service is apparently in a worse condition that in was under Labour, but when we consider all of the cuts in services over the last 5 years it's hardly surprising.

 We now also hear that there are going to be extra billions of pounds in new cuts to the benefit system, much of which affects the disabled, the carers, the people who really need these benefits. 

So just how can this government tell it anyone it really cares about our country, the health service, the poor and the elderly. 

The NHS is in the mess it's in now through british politicians, who have meddled all the way through, yet they have done nothing constructive to help it run better.

Yes we need a good health service, run by the right people, not money grabbers or big business, and 
we should make sure that all future changes should be discussed in parliament, between all of the parties, and not as it happens now, in small committees locked in small rooms, away from the rest of the country
it's our money, and we are paying these politicians, so they should do what we want, not what they assume we need. 
That's nothing better than a dictatorship telling us a pack of lies just to win an election. 

Media and dementia

Everyday we get more and more headlines of a new drug or a new cure for dementia, but just how many of these are correct.

The British media seem hell bent on making people living with this illness, look for hope when there is none there.

We also get continuous reports of this diet or that stops the illness, it's nothing new, but has gone on for the last few years, yet no one stands up to them and stops this happening.

One moment it's brilliant, then the next it's rubbish and could never work.

These people are total fools acting as is they has positive information, when it is all about a good headline just to sell their papers.

I get very annoyed when I look at newspapers and see these daily cruel headlines, and I am sure that I am not the only one. 

Last week I sent a direct e mail to Mr Cameron, in the hope that he will do something.

 He is supposed to be a Dementia a Friend, but I do wonder just how far he goes when it comes to this illness.

 Like many I do feel that he is using this illness to deflect from the mess he has made of the National Health Service, because he keeps holding meetings but does not listen to those with the illness, especially when it comes to their concerns.

I am convinced that he is terrified of standing up to the media, possibly because they have something on him, which will eventually come out.

He had the ideal opportunity to do something when the last media inquiry was held, but chickened out of it.

So I am not holding my breath waiting for a reply to my email, because I do not think he is interested.

I did get one email saying it was being looked into, and a second telling me it had been referred to the Department of Health, but implying that if I was not happy I should contact  the independent   press standards commision, in other words.

 He may be a Dementia Friend but that's as far as he will go. It strikes me that he is using Dementia as a political tool and nothing else.

The media have to learn, that by spreading these headlines, in the press they are saying that there is hope when we all know that, this is a very long way off. 

Alzheimers Research UK are doing there best to come up with answers, but even if they found something, we all know it will take years to get through the government departments red tape in the UK, and be licensed for use in dementia

This is a very difficult illness to diagnose and until the researchers at Alzheimers Research really understand this, they will never come out with a good answer to a cure. But they are working hard trying to find the holy grail so to speak. 

So please please please stop the media from telling complete lies just to fill their pocket at our expense.  

Friday, 27 March 2015

RIP plane passengers

Today I have thought a lot about all those killed when the German plane crashed, and found it so very hard to understand how someone with an illness can be allowed to fly a plane like this.

Many people are stopped from driving a car when they have some illnesses like dementia or nuerological illnesses, yet people can fly a plane carrying hundreds of passengers. 

Perhaps the laws need to be changed so that we are all on a level playing field, and all controlled by the same set of regulations.

I know that my licence is reviewed every year as do many others with this illness, and I will not get into the drivers seat if I am not feeling up to it. 

Perhaps I think didfferently to many I don't know, it's the thought of killing someone else that worries me. 

But sadly it seems that this man for what ever reason went out to kill all in his aeroplane, and this leaves me wondering about his state of mind, and why no one had spotted anything strange about him.

So very sad

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Feeling rough

After last week when I felt rough, but I thought things would have cleared up by now 

However over Sunday things got worse, so my wife asked for a doctors appointment to get it sorted out.

The doctor gave me a thorough examination, and then after hearing me say that I did not want anymore antibiotics, he decided that enough was enough, and has refered me to see a chest specialist. I confess that the doctors have been saying this for two years, so it's taken long enough, but hopefully I will get an answer. 

This last session has dragged on since November, in which time I have been given 6 courses of antibiotics, but it got to the stage I felt so ill that I did not want to take any more

This has been going on for the last 3-4 years, and never seemed to go away unless we went somewhere sunny.  

This is getting distressing at times with all of the coughing and tight chest, and I confess that I have got to the stage I am losing interest in food and hobbies.

We were supposed to attend a meeting in London today, but I said that I really did not feel like travelling anywhere, because I get embarrassed when I start coughing and feeling out of breath.

Now I just have to wait 6 weeks for my appointment in Sunderland General in early May, but it's looking positive and we may get the answers to my problems