Foxy Is At It Again!

Liam the fox is being foxy again following on from his 2009 expenses scandal when he was as Shadow Cabinet minister he was found to have the largest over-claim on expenses and had to repay the most money and although he has twice stood for leadership of the Conservative Party he is obviously not foxy enough,

Be that as it may he is now he would like his department for international trade between the UK and the office of the US trade representative agreeing to mark exchanged information, papers and discussions as either “sensitive” or “confidential”, with both sides also agreeing to keep the information “held in confidence” for four years after the conclusion of the talks. Some transparency this is, secret talks with the TTIP experts of the world I don’t think so, foxy might well be trumped by the USA.

THE WORD Issue24

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Your NHS Today

Dr Rob Galloway – who works on the frontline in A&E – has written an open letter to journalists asking for their help in telling the story of the crisis in the NHS, and pleading with them not to ‘peddle propaganda’ from politicians.

The heartbreaking Facebook post has been shared over 10,000 times in under 24 hours.
Dr Galloway is clear what the problem is, and it’s not quite the same story that Tory Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is telling.
Writing on Facebook, Galloway says:

Dear Journalists, as an A&E consultant I am writing to ask for your help.
Up and down the country our A&E departments are in melt down, our staff are at breaking point. Patients are being left in corridors because there are no ward beds for them to go to, staff are leaving shifts demoralised and exhausted and most importantly our patients are not getting the care they deserve.
We need the public to know about this, not to scaremoner, but for the truth to be out there – as the only way to get politicans to change – is by voters knowing the reality and prioritising the NHS at the ballot box.But without the public understanding what is going on, we will continue to have this crisis year after year after year. This is where we need your help. We need you to report the reality and not peddle the propaganda from our politicians.

The crisis is much worse than what you report. We all talk about the 4 hour target and that we get around 90%. But that includes all the patients who don’t need admission. But for the ones who need admission, the % who get admitted within 4 hours is so so so much lower than that. And for those patients, it is crucial for their well being, that they get admitted within four hours.
Why are you not asking for these figures? That would help reveal the truth.

Then you report 12 hour breaches. But in England (but not the rest of the UK) the clock starts ticking when a specialist senior has seen them. So they can be in A&E for 18 hours and not be a 12 hour breach.

Why are you not asking for the figures of patients who stay in A&E for more than 12 hours? That would help reveal the truth. And what about asking how many patients are spending time in corridors?

Because if you did reveal these figures – you would soon see the real extent of the crisis. And it is a crisis. One which will lead to a breaking point soon unless something changes.
The fault does not lie with the patients. Yes a few inappropriately attend – but they are not the problem; they can be quickly turned around and discharged. The fault is not with the staff. They are working tirelessly and doing an amazing job despite the conditions they are working in.The fault does not lie with managers and hospital executives. They are working relentlessly to make things work as well as they can. And despite what the government peddle it certainly is not the fault of the GPs. Although there is falling numbers of GP surgeries, they are doing an amazing job at reducing the number of A&E attendances. Most importantly, the fault does not lie with the ‘system’ of the NHS – a model of care which utilities its resources to maximal effect.
The fault lies with the government. Years of failed austerity depriving NHS and councils of vital monies and investment is taking its toll. A&Es are struggling because of the frail elderly who need a ward bed but cant get one. They can’t get one because there are not enough beds within our hospitals (we have one of the smallest numbers of bed per capita in the whole of Europe) and because those that need to get out of hospital can’t because of a lack of social care. In addition some money which has been spent on the NHS had been wasted on pointless reorganisations designed to start the process of NHS privatisation.

Please start reporting that. Please start reporting the truth. Please start reporting how close we are to melt down and please help get the public worked up about what is going on.
Because sadly our government don’t seem that bothered. They and their friends can afford private health care and therefore don’t rely on it. Even worse many would be happy to see our NHS privatised.

But for everyone else we need the NHS. The staff will battle on (and it is a battle at the moment). We will continue to do everything we can. We will continue to adapt, modernise and reform. We will continue to provide the most amazing possible care despite the conditions. But there is only so much our staff can take. And if we lose our staff we lose the NHS.
Journalists -we need your help. Please help.

And if you are not a journalist reading this, please share (publicly), or tweet it or send onto your friends in the hope that journalists will pick this up and start reporting the truth.
Rob Galloway A&E Consultant

Please share as widely as possible

CLAWBACK? – Under the Insolvency Act 1986

This term has many meanings depending on the context in which it is used, including:

In relation to insolvent companies, the power of a liquidator or an administrator of a company to challenge transactions entered into by the company and recover company property under the Insolvency Act 1986 for example by applying to the court to set aside transactions at an undervalue or preferences.

In relation to executive pay and incentives, the compulsory repayment of cash, or transfer of shares or other assets, previously paid or delivered to an employee or director, especially in the form of a bonus or share incentive award. Clawback may be imposed because the supposedly good performance for which the original payment was made has been reassessed, the performance of the business has deteriorated severely after the payment, or the executive has misbehaved in some way. There are significant legal and practical obstacles to clawback of this kind.


Carillion Demise

Carillion contractor enters compulsory liquidation 20,000 employees affected and contracts for HS2, NHS, armed forces and thousands of supply chain companies and their workers,

Carillion was created in July 1999, by a demerger from Tarmac, which was founded in 1903; the new company included the former Tarmac Construction contracting business and Tarmac Professional Services.

In September 2001, Carillion acquired the 51% of GT Rail Maintenance it did not already own, thereby creating Carillion Rail.[4] In August 2002, Carillion bought Citex Management Services for £11.5 million[5] and, in March 2005, it acquired Planned Maintenance Group for circa £40 million.[6] After that, in February 2006, Carillion went on to acquire Mowlem, another United Kingdom support services firm, for circa £350 million[7] and in February 2008, it acquired Alfred McAlpine, yet another United Kingdom support services firm, for £572 million Then, in October 2008, Carillion bought Van Bots Construction in Canada for £14.3 million.

In April 2011, Carillion bought Eaga, an energy efficiency business, for £306 million,[10] and in December 2012, it acquired a 49% interest in The Bouchier Group, a company providing services in the Athabasca oil sands area, for £24m.[Then, in October 2013, the company bought the facilities management business of John Laing.

In August 2014, the company spent several weeks attempting a merger with rival Balfour Beatty. Three offers were made; the last bid, which valued Balfour Beatty at £2.1 billion, was unanimously rejected by the Balfour Beatty board on 19 August 2014. Balfour refused to allow an extension of time for negotiations which could have prompted a fourth bid. Carillion subsequently announced the same day it would no longer pursue a merger with its rival.

In December 2014, Carillion acquired a 60% stake in Rokstad Power Corporation, a Canadian transmission and distribution business, for £33 million.[14] Carillion acquired 100% of the Outland Group, a specialist supplier of camps and catering at remote locations in Canada, in May 2015 and a majority stake in Ask Real Estate, a Manchester based developer, in January 2016.[

In 2009, Carillion was revealed as a subscriber to an illegal construction industry blacklisting body, The Consulting Association (TCA), though its inclusion on the list was mainly due to its previous ownership of Crown House Engineering (acquired by Laing O’Rourke in 2004), and previous use of TCA within Mowlem (acquired by Carillion in 2006). Carillion made two voluntary submissions to the House of Commons’ Scottish Affairs Committee, one in September 2012 and another in March 2013, relating to its involvement with TCA.

Pamela Anderson calls Theresa May the worst Prime Minister in living memory, asks world leaders for help

‘Theresa May, who won’t shake the hand of the victims of the Grenfell fire. Who doesn’t care about poor people. Who doesn’t care about justice or peace’

Pamela Anderson has launched a blistering attack on Theresa May, calling her “the worst Prime Minister in living memory”. In her open letter entitled “Why My Heart Stands with Julian” and published June 17, the 49-year-old made her case for Julian Assange’s freedom.

WikiLeaks founder Assange, who until recently was being investigated by prosecutors in Sweden over allegations of rape, was granted asylum by Ecuador in August 2012 and has since been living in London’s Ecuadorian embassy. Assange has called the letter “quite something”.

The 49-year-old Baywatch actor said Theresa May was responsible for keeping Assange “imprisoned in the embassy for 5 years” and went on to criticise May’s premiership over her handling of the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire.

She said May is “on her last legs. Theresa May of the Pyhrric victory. Theresa May, who won’t shake the hand of the victims of the Grenfell fire. Who doesn’t care about poor people. Who doesn’t care about justice or peace. Who doesn’t care about Julian. The worst Prime Minister in living memory.”

Anderson called Assange’s situation an “emergency” and called on French President Emmanuel Macron and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for help, adding that Corbyn “could and should be the next Prime Minister.”

She also reached out to both US President Trump and China in the letter, writing “I will write a love letter to China. I will travel there, and discover China for myself, and represent its strengths to the world.”

Read the full letter here.

Grenfell Tower

Firstly, our hearts go out to the victims of this terrible disaster. We are currently looking into the best ways we can support the victims of Grenfell and there families, if you have any ideas then get in contact. We will do our best to make them happen.

Grenfell Tower is in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, one of the richest boroughs in the country. The fact that the tower is in the Notting Dale ward, one of the borough’s poorest, and is ranked among the most deprived 10 per cent in the UK shows the extend that class division exists in such a small space.

“If you walk south-west away from the still smouldering Grenfell Tower block, in ten minutes you will find yourself on tree-lined streets of white stuccoed townhouses which back onto private gardens. Walk for ten more minutes and you’ll reach the gated, leafy Kensington Palace Gardens, where Saudi princes, global plutocrats and ambassadors live in mansions worth £41m on average. It is the most expensive street in the country.” (Pascale Hughes, iNews).

The average salary in Kensington is £123,000 – the highest in the UK. The median salary – the centre point of all salaries in the area – is £32,700. The median shows the huge gap in salaries – the mean is pulled up by the really high salaries at the top. No other local authority in the country has such a large gap between high and low earners (iNews).

The residents have been reporting potential safety and fire hazards to the council for years, however there cries for help were ignored and now it’s too late. This ward has been under a Tory MP until recently replaced with the first ever Labour MP, Emma Dent Coad, however holds a Tory majority on the council.

It has also been reported that the contractors used the cheapest aluminium coated panels, which are reportedly outlawed in the United States over safety fears, as part of an £10m regeneration of the tower block last year.

The panels, known as Reynobond, were allegedly the only ones available to contractors that were not fire-resistant. Reynobond sells fire-resistant panels for £24 per square metre, a £2 increase on the standard version.

A salesman for the US-based company has since told The Times that the version used on Grenfell, referred to as PE, was banned in American buildings taller than 40ft over fire safety reasons “It’s because of the fire and smoke spread. The FR (variant) is fire-resistant. The PE is just plastic” (The Times).

Anab Hussein, a resident from an adjacent tower block told The Standard “Everything they do is the cheapest of the cheapest. I am the same as those people, I live in the apartment and have kids. It could easily have been us. They came and refurbished my flat a few years ago and did everything as cheap as possible. So many lives have been lost and it’s for what – £2? We are talking about so many people dying for just £2 – it’s shameful. This could have been stopped. People want answers.”

There was no fire alarms, no sprinklers and only one fire exit. And it gets worse, Theresa May’s new chief of staff Gavin Barwell was one of a series of housing ministers who sat on a report warning high-rise blocks like Grenfell Tower were vulnerable to fire for four years. A former Chief Fire Officer and secretary of a parliamentary group on fire safety the other day revealed successive ministers had had damning evidence on their desks since 2013 and nothing had happened.

Barwell, who was housing minister until losing his seat in last week’s election, promised to review part B of the Building Regulations 2010, which relate to fire safety, but the review never materialised (Mirror). This shows that no matter what anyone says, this issue is political and our Government must be held to account, as well as the property developers.

What is even more shocking is they spent 10m trying to make the flats look more appealing to the wealthier residents, whereas it would only cost £768m to fit every at risk tower block flat in the UK with a Water Sprinkler. The Fire Brigades Union confirmed that no building had ever managed to set fire when fitted with sprinklers.

The council responsible for Grenfell Tower has been accused of carrying out unacceptable financial practises after it emerged the borough had stockpiled £274m of usable reserves following years of chronic underspending. Labour MP for Tottenham David Lammy said very serious questions needed to be asked about why the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea was running a budget surplus despite repeated warnings from residents that the block posed a fire risk. Now only this, but in April, Tories handed a £1bn pound tax cut to richest.

Conservative MPs have voted against proposed new rules requiring private sector landlords to ensure their properties are fit for human habitation. Most themselves private landlords. A Labour amendment to the government’s housing and planning bill, designed to ensure that all rented accommodation was safe for people to live in, was defeated by 312 votes (all Tories) to 219 in January 2016, a majority of 93 (Guardian, Parliament).

Friday thousands took to the streets in protest of justice for the victims, they stormed the council building and went on to demand Theresa May’s resignation, and then thousands were marching around the country yesterday too in protest to the Conservative/DUP deal (BBC, RT).

I am beginning to think we’ll see another General Election sooner rather than later and Labour will win, with a landslide. Since the election was called Jeremy Corbyn’s popularity has shot up whilst Theresa May’s has tumbled like nobody could have predicted. Keep up the pressure folks, Austerity is over, Theresa May has so admitted that Austerity was always a political choice and never a necessity. People realised this when Corbyn starting campaigning on the anti-austerity agenda, and made people realise that the cuts we have faced have had detrimental effects on our society and were not fair when the top 5% were having massive tax cuts.