I would like to start this week’s blog with a bit of history. I confess that, as a retired NHS nurse, I had never really looked at the origins of the NHS too closely, always thinking it was Aneurin ‘Nye’ Bevan in 1948 whom we had to thank for this wonderful jewel in our crown (well, it was in my day!). Imagine my surprise when I found out that the master plan for the ‘welfare state’, including the NHS, was written in the middle of the Second World War, in 1942.
The author was William Beveridge and, the circumstances surrounding this brand new plan are interesting, to say the least. William Beveridge was, like many of the British élite of his generation, a eugenicist. He was a British economist and Liberal politician who was touted as the social reformer of his time. In 1942, his report Social Insurance and Allied Services (known as the Beveridge Report) was the basis of what we today call the welfare state. (‘Allied’ in the report title means ‘associated’; nothing to do with the combatant parties in the War.)
Without this blog becoming a thesis on the life and career of Beveridge, readers may like to research the connection that arose at the London School of Economics, where the true father of the National Health model was introduced to the LSE’s ultimate creator, David Rockefeller. Perhaps I am not alone in being interested in the psyche of the architect of what I could describe as the most potent and dangerous drug of our time—addiction and a dependency on a ‘welfare’ system that was the first incarnation of the nanny state and the demise of nothing less than our way of life.
Is it no wonder that no other country has adopted the same ‘welfare reform’ system, that has specifically become the UK’s unique selling point? The National Health system is not actually the jewel in our crown but a poisonous thorn (or perhaps a needle) in our side. Was this the intent all along: to make us so utterly dependent that when the rug is ripped from beneath us, we are left helpless and at the mercy of those who control the narrative that told us, such as at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, that the NHS was tantamount to Britain?
NHS facing drastic cuts in services
Now that the autumn budget is out of the way and the lid has been lifted from Jeremy Hunt’s Pandora’s box, we can see the beast staring back at us. UK Column News has been highlighting the decline and destruction of the NHS for many months, and this is just another nail in its already tightly sealed coffin. As quickly as Jeremy Hunt announced an extra £3.3 billion for health over each of the next two years, it was announced that this would merely be swallowed up in inflation, rising costs and a huge increase in demand. Whilst Trusts (local NHS bodies) have cautiously welcomed their allotted crumbs off the Treasury’s empty table, others are seeing this as the death-knell of an already defunct NHS.
For our international readers and listeners, it is official. There is no health system in the UK, unless you are happy with being 7,000,001 in the queue. That is the reality of living in a ‘disunited Kingdom’. With thousands of staff packing their uniforms away for the planned strikes ahead, the National Health system has gone past being ‘unhealthy’; it is dead.
NHS flying in thousands of Nepalese nurses to fill vacancies—against WHO recommendation
Nepal has been deemed a red country by the World Health Organisation. Red-list status requires that active recruitment from other countries should not take place because of the potential effect on the home country’s fragile health system. Nepal has 21 nurses per 10,000 people; precisely a quarter of the British ratio of 84 nurses per 10,000. Despite this pressing shortage in their own country, the UK Government is piloting a scheme to bring nurses from Nepal to the NHS. The plan is to fly thousands over to fill the neverending staff vacancies caused by a mass exodus of highly trained and experienced home-grown medical professionals.
NHS ‘virtual wards’ returning patients with respiratory infections to their own homes
UK Column News has been reporting on ‘virtual wards’ for a year. This ‘service’ appears to be being rolled out throughout more areas of the country at pace. The latest conurbation to pilot a NHS new virtual scheme for respiratory patients is Wigan near Manchester. Patients with respiratory infections will be fitted with a wearable remote monitoring (tracking) device and a blood pressure cuff. They will be given a ‘tablet’ to link the technology, and some scales. No-one will require an internet connection at home for the system to work, and all devices will have connection facilities within them (no excuses!).
Once home, patients will be contacted and monitored. I am presuming that there won’t be a trained nurse or doctor sitting in the living room constantly keeping their eyes on vital signs, so I am presuming that a cloud somewhere will be floating our data across the Lancashire rooftops to those that can interpret it and flag up any concerning data.
What happens to the data in the cloud? Who owns the data? Who gets to see the data? Which cloud are we on? Personally, I like it when my feet are on the ground! Rest assured, there will be a daily video call between patients and a member of staff (we’re not sure who) to ensure the patients are doing as they have been told (isn’t that ‘compliance’?). One patient said:
It’s an excellent service: someone at the end of a phone or video when I needed them, answering any questions I had. I just felt safe.
It would seem that this is just a covert way of telling the public that has funded the NHS, “We don’t want you in hospital because you are an infection risk and possible danger to the rest of the patients—and we frankly don’t have room or time for you”.
My final comment would be in challenging the logistics: how many staff are needed to monitor these ‘virtual’ patients? How will elderly, learning-disabled and vulnerable patients, and poor speakers of English cope with the technology? Who will troubleshoot the technical problems within patients’ homes? How many community nurses and domiciliary care staff will be needed? How are the people receiving the data being trained, and who are they? How much will all this cost? What happens when it goes wrong? More to follow on this story on UK Column News.
Transition nurses from overseas
‘Transition nurse’ is a polite title for training an overseas nurse to speak English allegedly well enough to deal with Britain’s varied idioms and to become acquainted with Britain’s ostensibly world-leading ‘professional standards’ (which admittedly appear to have slipped at best). Currently, UK Column’s home county of Devon is piloting a scheme offering overseas nurses a ‘blended learning’ approach (this being the trendy term for sticking trainees largely in front of a laptop at home). They are employed for the duration of this scheme as a Band 4 Registered Nurse, with the aim after training of being promoted to Band 5.
The transition includes a period of supervised practice supported by a mentor (the time required is not specified) combined with study times in preparation for the OSCE test, or in layman's terms, a ‘test of competence’. New rules took effect today, 22 November 2022. These tests cost £794 each. Britain’s overseas nursing programme also includes hands-on experience under the guidance of an experienced nurse, following registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
On a personal note, as a resident of the South West of England and as someone who has had direct experience of dealing with overseas nurses at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, I couldn’t understand a word the nurse was telling me when my son was admitted to hospital after an accident, because her spoken English was simply not sufficient for a professional context. Whom are you seeing in hospital? Do you know? I didn’t. Name badges are gone, as are qualification designations and uniforms. Anyone is everyone now in the NHS. Nurse, doctor, cleaner, porter—they all look the same to patients. Do you ask whom you are seeing and where they have come from? I do now when having dealings with the NHS.
Accelerationism—Government speeds up NHS Digital merger with NHS England
Keep your eyes sharply on this story. It largely seems to have gone unnoticed, but in my opinion, it is one of the biggest stories that you won’t hear on mainstream media. The era of digitalisation is here to stay. For readers who may be unaware, the tendency started off with the infamous NHSx. Who noticed the innocuous lower-case ‘x’ slipping into the branding?
NHSx was originally created in 2019 by the UK Government to set national policy and to develop best practice for data sharing, technology and preparation for digitalisation. The now ‘celebrity’ of I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here fame, Matt Hancock, was the Health Secretary responsible. In February 2021, it was announced that NHSx would be incorporated within the scope of the new NHS England transformative directive, which would merge NHS Digital with NHS England, and that NHSx would be retired as a brand.
News of this merger has not been well received in all quarters. Kinglsey Manning, former NHS Digital chair, wrote to the British Medical Council in March 2022 warning that, in his opinion, these plans would endanger the rights of patients with regard to how their data is collected and used in the NHS. He called it a ‘grave error’. I would agree with this, and I would encourage everyone to opt out of sharing their personal data with the NHS and its hundreds of outsourced companies. Next time you need a test or examination by the NHS, ask yourself where your medical data is going.
Moderna and Pfizer conduct trials on serious adverse reactions to Covid-19 injections
Yes, you read that correctly. Finally, Moderna and Pfizer—the very two brands discussed in my new interview with Sasha Latypova and Hedley Rees—are conducting clinical trials regarding long-term serious adverse reactions after Covid-19 vaccinations.
If Moderna and Pfizer are doing this, why aren’t the MHRA and other regulatory bodies around the world? Why were these tests not done prior to the regulators’ approval and the subsequent rollout?
It may be worth noting that the accompanying article sitting right alongside this on the Daily Mail website is another relating to Covid-19/flu and myocarditis. I don’t believe in coincidences any more. I do believe in distraction, and I do notice how ‘nudge’ behavioural tecniques are used.
Flu in California up 259%
The rising number of flu cases has caused overwhelm at several California hospitals. Tents are now being used to cope with the surge in patients with flu and other respiratory illness. The dominant strain appears to be H3N2, which has been leading to more severe illness than usual. It makes one wonder if any research has been done to ascertain whether there is a connection between the Covid-19 vaccination and flu vaccination being taken at the same time that may have contributed to the cases presenting to hospital.
Respiratory illness as a category, of course, includes Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), which we know is also causing deep concern in many countries. It is important to reiterate that RSV is usually no more than a mild illness accompanied by a running nose, and most children have it by the time they are two years old. For those hospitalised, most make a straightforward recovery. There is no need for a ‘vaccine’.
Bird flu is still very much on the agenda, and as I write, the UK’s birds are still in ‘lockup’. It is now feared that the supply of turkeys for Christmas will be impacted and a shortage is to be expected. If you are relying on a turkey this year last minute, best think again. Other bird products such as eggs are also in short demand due to ‘supply’ issues.
The centre of London has been the latest casualty, with reports that Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park have had over 30 bird deaths since the beginning of November as a result of avian flu. Many of the victims are geese and swans. It may at this point be worth reminding those reading that Exercise Cygnus (the Jeremy Hunt cover-up exercise) pandemic exercise was centred around projections of swan flu, hence the exercise name.
Catching more cancers than ever before, proclaims the NHS. Ever since I saw an advert on television informing me that one in every two people will suffer from cancer, alarm bells have been ringing in my head. Since when was that a statistic we were all familiar with? For decades, more money has gone into cancer research than any other area, and the market is saturated with new technologies and pharmacological heavy duty chemicals. There’s a fever of excitement and a race to find the first‘vaccine’ for every kind of cancer you can imagine. Who will win that race is still up for debate, but BioNTech say they have it in their grasp. In 2021–2022, over 100,000 patients were diagnosed with cancer at stages one or two, when it is easier to treat.
UK Column has reported on Grail, the company that was originally financed and launched by Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, who have since been commissioned by the NHS to carry out early-detection cancer testing. The Galleri Trial purports to have caught many cancers at an early stage, although when we have over 7 million on the NHS waiting list needing to start treatment, will they just be put to the back of the list? I am not alone in thinking so. With so many on the waiting list, one wonders why we are randomly testing healthy people.
As most of our readers and viewers know, I attend all the MHRA board meetings. I like them to know we are watching their every move. It is interesting to observe the behaviour and interactions on the Board, and it never fails to surprise me how often loose lips sink ships. This month’s meeting was no different. Held on 15 November, it turned out to be a full Board ‘love-in’, which involved plenty of pats on the back, self-congratulatory applause and champagne bubbles. Our exclusive upload of the full board meeting is here and you can see excerpts and my report at just after 50 minutes on UK Column News the day after the board meeting.
What Dame June Raine and the Board may not have been aware of was that those with vaccine injuries were watching, horrified, sad and angry at what they witnessed. As you will see, I did inform the Board of this during the meeting. However, it made little difference, and the champagne corks continued to pop. More to come on the MHRA in the near future.
UK CV Family for the vaccine-injured
An update on the donation page of UK CV Family. Massive thanks from Charlet and all in the group, as the total collected is still going up and has exceeded the modest target of £5,000 originally sought. Every MRI scan costs £1,000, and as the NHS is making the vaccine-injured wait months for scans and tests. Many have had to use their savings or sell assets in order to access these very expensive tests.
The group currently havs over 800 members—this to give you an idea of the mountain we have to climb. Many have run out of funds and lost their jobs, and are now fighting to claim benefits. Thank you so much to everyone who has donated. Please share the page and ask others to consider donating to a much-needed cause.
A flock of sheep has been walking in a circle for 12 days, and nobody knows why
Hundreds of sheep have been walking in a circle in China’s northern province of Inner Mongolia. The video, which has gone viral, seems to supply no firm explanation of the phenomenon, with some describing it as ‘weird’ yet normal sheep behaviour, whilst others are saying it is a sign of apocalyptic doom. Many report the sheep as being healthy, while others suspect listeriosis, a bacterial disease seen in many species including humans.
A rise in the prevalence of listeriosis is often seen over winter and in lambing season, when sheep are kept indoors and fed silage. Note that listeria has a zoonotic significance and can be spread between animals and humans.
It’s always easy to blame the animals. I remind regular readers of reverse zoonosis (humans infecting animals rather than vice versa) and the paper Zoonotic and Reverse Zoonotic Transmissibility of SARS-CoV-2. What will be next—a sheep cull? No, maybe a reindeer cull, as the same appears to be happening in Russia north of the Arctic Circle. Herds of reindeer in their hundreds are walking around in circles. Some have been suggesting alien causes; others appear to believe the phenomenon may be related to the proximity of the Magnetic North Pole.
Frequently, I have mentioned on UK Column News the precautions that baby-boomer women took when we became pregnant. We were strongly advised not to eat soft cheese or drink alcohol. Listeria in pregnancy can lead to devastating outcomes, and I remember being told to steer clear of sheep in lambing season. Curiously, the US FDA has recently reported an outbreak investigation of Listeria monocytogenes: Brie and Camembert Soft Cheese Products:
Do not eat, sell, or serve recalled Brie and Camembert soft cheese products from Old Europe Cheese, Inc. FDA’s outbreak investigation is ongoing. Consumers, restaurants, and retailers should not eat, sell, or serve recalled products and should throw them away; this includes Best By Dates ranging from September 28, 2022, to December 14, 2022, and all flavors and quantities.
Maybe I am joining too many dots and the ovines and ungulates of northern Asia will continue to walk in ever-decreasing circles—until one day there is nothing to see, as the herds will have disappeared without anyone noticing. Time will tell.
COP27: hypocrisy and Global Vaccine Passports
Oh, the hypocrisy! Over 400 private jets laden with world leaders and delegates landed in Egypt last weekend at COP 27:
According to the European clean transport campaign group Transport and Environment, a private jet can emit two tonnes of carbon dioxide in an hour and is five to 14 times more polluting per passenger than a commercial plane.
Aren’t leaders and campaigners of Climate Change meant to be setting the rest of us an example? Perhaps they missed the memo.
In the small print of the COP27 readouts, the alert have picked up on the plan to introduce global vaccination digital passports. This is something that the mainstream media would prefer you skimmed over, no doubt. In the batik-printed guise of promoting global travel and tourism, the world leaders at the G20 meeting in Bali, Indonesia, drafted and signed a declaration whereby the world’s score of leading economies agreed to adopt global vaccine passports.
The Bali Declaration section (§23) speaks of these digital identities “facilitating seamless international travel”. It is worth noting that G20 countries comprise not just the vast bulk of the world’s money flows but also two-thirds (66%) of the world’s population.
The Virtual Reality game that kills you in real life if you die in the game
This is not a game and it is certainly not something you would want to find in your Christmas stocking. You are not imagining it; the first ever killer virtual reality headset has arrived.
The company responsible, Oculus, run by the inappropriately-named Palmer Luckey, is better known as a part of Meta (the Facebook group).
The NeveGear headset gives access to a ‘game’ based on a macabre Japanese novel, Sword Art. Players have to hack their way through dungeons to escape a mad scientist. Terrifyingly, the device is connected to three explosive charges lodged above the visor screen that are aimed at the player’s forehead. If the player dies in the game, a microwave emitter goes off, firing the charges directly at the player’s head. For once, I am speechless as well as horrified.
All steam ahead as AstraZeneca ploughs its way to the front of the queue in cancer therapies. After celebrating their first cancer ‘therapy’ for the drug duo Imfinzi and Imjudo, they are again popping the champagne corks as they won a favourable nod for their monoclonal (that technology again) antibody for metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. I can’t say it gives me a warm feeling. Watch this space for news with regard to the legal Covid-19 vaccine data Freedom of Information request that was submitted to AstraZeneca.
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)—Palivizumab
What a mouthful Palivizumab is—probably deliberately, so that none of us can pronounce it. My first word of warning is the name. If you see any ‘drug’ that ends in -mab, it means it is a monoclonal antibody. Palivizumab is yet another. To find out more about monoclonal antibodies, consult Cancer Research UK. If what you read there doesn’t cause concern, I am not quite sure what will.
Some monoclonal antibodies are a type of immunotherapy and work by waking up the immune system to help it attack cancer. Some monoclonal antibodies block signals that tell cancer cells to divide. Pretty heavy-duty chemicals, I am sure you will agree. As noted above, RSV is a relatively common condition that most kids have had by the age of two years. Those children who go on to develop bronchiolitis may need hospitalising but will make an unremarkable recovery.
There has never been a need for a ‘vaccine’ for RSV. Sledgehammer and nut come to mind. According to Public Health Canada, we need to be inordinately worried about infants under two years old being hospitalised, specifically those with underlying health conditions. It seems to have become somehow appropriate now to medicate these children prophylactically with Palivizumab on a monthly basis during the flu season. As we have previously reported, Pfizer is first out of the stalls to develop a maternal vaccine to be given to pregnant women in order to vaccinate their unborn baby.
Monoclonal antibodies are made in a lab—they are designed. Laboratories seem to be a common theme for this week’s blog. At this point, I would like to ask a question that may have occurred to readers. Why are we seeing an increase of babies needing intensive care from RSV? Is there any correlation in data between mothers who were vaccinated in pregnancy and babies hospitalised with RSV? Until there is an investigation, we will never know.
We hear One World and One Health bandied about, but what does it actually mean? The World Bank is the first place I went to look for definitions. One World Health is a blend of human medicine, veterinary medicine and environmental science; a triad. Agriculture and food play a huge role in the emergence and spread of diseases and antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
Although they are often regarded as synonymous with individual human health issues, diseases can also disrupt food systems and undermine food security. Does this sound familiar? We are told that zoonotic disease (infection of humans by animals) affects more than two billion people a year and causes over two million deaths every year. Published reports of reverse zoonoses (transmission the other way around, from humans to animals) occurred in every continent except uninhabited Antarctica, thus indicating a worldwide disease threat.
This bears repeating. We are told to expect a rise in zoonotic disease (disease from animals jumping to humans); however, no-one ever talks about reverse zoonosis (seldom-documented human biological threats to animals), which I believe is far more likely! It’s easy to blame the animals when really it is humans that are at fault. Increasing interactions between animals and humans apparently is cause for concern mainly for humans, and already in this blog I have mentioned listeriosis. Many of these interactions allegedly have the power to cause many more ‘pandemics’ (perhaps ‘pandemonium’ is more descriptive a term).
With the threat of more zoonotic disease to come, we are told we must be vigilant and watch for the next disease that is resistant to the drugs we have already in our armoury. Enter antimicrobial resistance (AMR). UK Column has been warning that AMR will be the next big ‘pan-’, namely panic, as we discover a new disease—perhaps the forecast Disease X—for which we have no antibiotics or traditional treatments that work. Why else would our past Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, be the UK Envoy for AMR? She pulls no punches and states that AMR could kill us before the climate crisis does. Superbugs are on the way. When she was Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies was the architect of the UK Government’s Generation Genome approach in her 2016 annual report, for those that aren’t aware.
As the weeks go by, and just when I didn’t think the NHS could get any worse, I regretfully have to report some anecdotal experiences of many of our viewers and listeners that it is not just treatment and access to the NHS that is causing chaos, but also the behaviour of some of the staff within it. It appears both patients and staff are reporting a bullying culture within the NHS.
Whilst we continue to interview many good, professional, skilled and kind professionals who devoted most of their lives working for the NHS, we sadly note that most of them are either choosing to take early retirement or leaving because they simply cannot sleep at night and are constantly anxious. Many highly experienced and highly qualified NHS staff and many patients are being bullied, shouted at and coerced. Many patients are scared of the NHS and many staff are leaving. That prompts the question: who is replacing those leaving, to look after the terrified patients? If you are still enduring a vocation of misery and bullying within the NHS, we would like to hear from you at UK Column. Are we replacing like for like? Absolutely not.
On a positive note, we should remember that throughout all of this dystopia, we still have our freedom of choice. The choice is whether we are fearful or not. If we have no fear, we are strong. If we are strong, we win. Hold the line. Question everything and join your own dots. Until next week, Debi.