The NHS unsafe in their hands!

Does anyone in Rotherham remember this airbrushed poster of David Cameron?

Cerberus Cameron

Probably 20kg lighter then, Cameron in the run up to the 2010 general election frequently pledged that under a Conservative government there would be no more-top down re-originations of the NHS and the NHS would be safe with the Tories, it was all part of an attempt to detoxify the Tory brand.

Well guess what?

Cameron weeks into the Coalition announced the most expensive top down re-orgnisations of the NHS.

Care UK a private sector healthcare company that provides Rotherham`s out of hours GP cover and runs the Walk-in-Centre on a for profit basis made a £21,000 donation to the personal office of the former health secretary Andrew Lansley, no conflict of interest there then.

Prior to the autumn statetement (2012) Andrew Dilnot chair of the UK Statistics Authority concluded that spending on the NHS is actually lower now than it was in 2010, so yet another broken pledge by Flashman and the nasty party.

No doubt the Tories and the Daily Heil will blame PFI deals for the financial carnage in the NHS, remind me who introduced the concept of PFI?

Oh yes, it was the Tory party.

The Rotherham NHS Trust is out to consultation on making over 700 staff redundant, they will have to make £40 million pounds in savings and the NHS watchdog Monitor has placed the Trust on red alert relating to its financial problems.

And what of the chair of the RMBC health scrutiny committee Cllr Ken Wyatt, a man with so many public sector income streams that he cannot find the time to get to grips with the financial crisis about to hit the NHS in Rotherham.

If this wasn’t bad enough we have food banks operating in Rotherham, in the final PMQs before Christmas when challenged by Miliband about the six fold increase in the number of people accessing food banks, Cameron with his very odd splayed fingers gesture and Flashman arrogance said it was evidence of the big society working, did you see the look on Clegg`s face, a picture?

RMBC are providing an interest free loan to a local credit union, hopefully this will prevent the poorest members of society falling foul of aggressive loan sharks, seen the TV adverts for the loan company Wonga?

Interest rates of 2,000% on short terms loans, Wonga has made donations to the Tory party, no wonder Flashman is keen to hit the poor.

Just goes to prove the nasty party is back in town

So as the New Year looms remember the words of Neil Kinnock

I warn you not to be ordinary

I warn you not to be young

I warn you not to fall ill

I warn you not to get old.

Stay healthy, because the Town’s NHS will be in tatters thanks to Cameron

Aneurin Bevan.

RMBC tried to sting NHS for almost £250,000! Part One

Rotherham’s very own, ‘Tiser brought readers the front page story, Parking ploy is branded ‘Obnoxious’, no link I am afraid ‘Tiser has not put it online yet, pity!

Gareth Dennison’s excellent article covered all the important angles to the story, however in a Newspaper, space is at a premium, especially so with a front page story! This tale deserves a more detailed telling so that the full significance of what actually occurred two years ago is brought out.

This case is instructive for us and tells this sorry tale that was uncovered by Don Buxton who describes himself as “an active and empowered citizen” with assistance from Trambuster and what they discovered, amazed and horrified them in equal measure, ‘obnoxious’ is an apt word to use. I am afraid, words failed me, when I first learned of this outrageous and rather grubby episode. This may not be an isolated example of abuse of the provisions of 106 agreements and may yet turn out to be the tip of an iceberg! We shall see? The headline above would seem to me the only truthful way to put it in Yorkshire, the home of plain speaking.

Our tale starts with Don Buxton’s recent trip to Rotherham District General Hospital. Don’s experience, like most of us parking at RDGH, was a nightmare! When Don discovered that he had more time to wait for his appointment than expected, he decided to go for a walk, straight to reception and then on to the Chief Executives Secretary, Julie.

Don expressed his feelings about the state of car parking to her and feeling that at least he had made his point, attended for his appointment blissfully unaware that he had started a train of events that uncovered this disgraceful attempt to sting Rotherham’s General Hospital and our National Health Service for almost a quarter of a million pounds! Although Julie had taken Don’s contact details and had assured him he would be getting a response, he had little expectation of the revelations to come. That is where we will leave the story for now, Part Two later.