Sir Richard Branson’s health firm, Virgin Care, has won a £700m contract to deliver 200 types of NHS and social care services to more than 200,000 people in Bath and north-east Somerset.
The contract, which was approved on Thursday, has sparked new fears about private health firms expanding their role in the provision of publicly funded health services.
Virgin Care has been handed the contract by both Bath and North East Somerset NHS clinical commissioning group and Conservative-led Bath and North East Somerset council. It is worth £70m a year for seven years and the contract includes an option to extend it by another three years at the same price.
Before you think this is an exaggeration, please watch both of the following videos. The truth is far more frightening than even the worst of the headlines suggest. You will miss the NHS when it is gone forever.
Professor Allyson Pollock spoke about the NHS Reinstatement Bill to the public in Oxford in October 2014, at a meeting organised by the Green Party. This is the speech uncut. Pollock is behind the NHS Reinstatement Bill as a response to privatisation.
The Health-Care Survivor’s Library: November, 2014.
Corporate interests rather than patient care is driving reform in today’s NHS and will divert money away from you.
While it is clear that stress can make depression worse, it’s never been clear why this is. Professor Owen Wolkowitz, a professor of psychiatry at University California San Francisco, explores the biological connection between stress and depression.
Mental health, managing, and living with depression, is an area of very personal interest to me. Although I have not, so far, made it a focus of my published writing, I have never hidden the fact that I have had, and still do have, to deal with depression. I am pleased to find that Dr Wolkowitz, is a contributing author to, Natural Medications for Psychiatric Disorders: Considering the Alternatives. Read More
It was in 1884 that a migrant house-painter in New York with a recurrent, aggressive cancer behind his ear — a four-inch ‘ugly, ominous bunch of grapes’ — underwent a fourth surgery to attempt to save his life, but the cancer was so large and invasive that the wound could not even be closed after the procedure. Left with an open crater in his neck and a virtual death sentence, the unfortunate man developed a raging skin infection that itself might have ended his life precipitously in those days before antibiotics. Instead, he survived the infection and a second one, and — to the astonishment of his surgeons — the cancerous ulcer healed and the malignancy disappeared. Read More
Cancer is a devastating disease with roots in genetics, diet, environmental surroundings and sometimes what some see as random chaos. But another villain may also be at the helm when it comes to spreading cancer: the very ones who claim to be preventing it. Chemotherapy is a harsh treatment designed to kill both good and bad cancer cells. Extremely high cancer return percentages have led many to believe that the chemotherapy treatments spawn more cancer. Women with breast cancer commonly die from brain tumors. Were they predisposed through genetics or is chemotherapy tainted? That might be rhetorical.
A novel immunotherapy drug is credited for successfully treating former President Jimmy Carter’s advanced melanoma. Instead of killing cancer cells, these drugs boost the patient’s immune system, which does the job instead.
Immunotherapy is cutting-edge cancer treatment, but the idea dates back more than 100 years, to a young surgeon who was willing to think outside the box.
His name was William Coley, and in the late summer of 1890 he was getting ready to examine a new patient at his practice in New York City.
Real Truth Behind Vaccines – Full HD Documentary — A collection of many documentaries such as: Shots In The Dark; Silence On Vaccines; The Greater Good; Vaccination — The Hidden Truth; Vaccine And Overdose.
Do vaccinations cause more childhood diseases than they prevent? If you have small children in your family, you owe it to them to become aware of the science, truth, and deception, which surrounds the parasitical industry and it’s love affair with vaccinations.
Thanks to Nova/PBS.
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Receptionists quizzing patients about why they need to see their GP could be putting some sick people off visiting their surgery, a survey suggests.
Of almost 2,000 adults questioned for Cancer Research UK, four in 10 said they disliked having to discuss their ills with office staff in order to get an appointment.
Many were worried about making a fuss.
Experts say patients must be forceful and not take no for an answer if they have symptoms that need investigating.
The government says it is funding training to help receptionists learn how to be sensitive to patients’ needs.
Receptionists are the first point of contact in primary care and it is their job to decide which patients should see the GP and how urgently.
The documentary about Big Sugar, from it’s early days with ties to slavery to modern times with it’s detrimental effects on the everglades and political ties. This is both part 1 and part 2. Written & Directed by: Brian McKenna, and produced by: Galafilm in 2005.
Raising Cane – A History of Big Sugar In South Florida
6,000 years ago, the Everglades were created when a receding ocean revealed a bare limestone plain that covered south Florida. Fed by heavy rainfall, subtropical plants made their home on the low nutrient soil. Rain falling across central Florida made its way to Lake Okeechobee, which frequently overflowed its southern boundaries, creating a slow moving ‘river of grass’ that once covered most of present-day Dade and Broward counties as well as the southern part of the state.
‘Words cannot express how miserable I was today and have been on so many occasions in the past. If anyone asked me advice on pursuing a career in nursing I would strongly advise against it. It is by far the worst decision I have ever made’
A student nurse’s post exposing the brutal realities of the nursing profession has gone viral, after they described being “soul destroyed” by exhausting work on low pay.
The nurse, who lives in Ireland and is a single parent, submitted their experience to the Facebook page ‘Support for Nurses, Midwives and Frontline Staff in Ireland’. They describe how they feel “on the brink of giving up” in the brutally honest insight to life for nurses.