This week, I would like to focus on patient safety, or rather the lack of it. Last week, I learned that three people I care very deeply about have all suffered more ill health. All three were vaccinated and have been suffering from serious adverse events since receiving Covid–19 injections. I would like to send my love and prayers to them; they know who they are.
NHS Leadership Culture—Patient Safety
Do staff feel confident about raising patient safety concerns? An inquiry into NHS leadership and its effect on patient safety has been called for. Do staff feel confident when raising patient safety concerns? How effective is the NHS complaints system in preventing patient safety incidents from escalating? What measures would help improve patients’ safety? We are now assured that:
MPs will consider the work of the Messenger review (2022), which examined the state of leadership and management in the NHS and social care, and the Kark review (2019), which assessed how effectively the fit and proper persons test prevents unsuitable staff from being redeployed or re-employed in health and social care settings.
The Committee’s inquiry will also consider how effectively leadership supports whistle-blowers and what is learnt from patient safety issues.
Do we really need another tokenistic ‘inquiry’ to tell us that the National Health Service is far from a safe place? We already know many staff have been too scared to speak up, terrified that they will lose their job, their career and possibly their homes; indeed, many already have. Currently, the NHS complaints system, the Patient Advice and Liason Service (PALS), is in my opinion not fit for purpose. Has anyone reading had a successful outcome from PALS? Who has faith in any inquiry that the Government launches? I don’t.
Patient Safety Commissioner
I have lost count of the number of times I have tried to contact Dr Henrietta Hughes, Patient Safety Commissioner for England. However, it appears she not only has a brand new shiny website, but she has also been busy publishing an updated ‘strategy statement’ where she is putting patients first. Hurray, I hear you all crying. Er, no: before you get too excited, she is only focusing on three main areas, none of which includes vaccine serious adverse events or excess deaths. Here is a quick resume:
- To drive the alignment of the healthcare system to deliver a just and learning safety culture.
- To support initiatives which amplify all patient voices and empower patients to make informed decisions about their care.
- To advocate for partnerships which embed patient safety and patient voice throughout the healthcare system.
This will include mandatory reporting of yellow cards, but no mention is made of actions after reporting the yellow cards. Dr Hughes is also striving for informed consent and for supported decision-making, so that all patients are fully informed about the benefits, risks and alternatives when a medicine or medical device is used. Yet there is no mention of the fact that no-one was offered informed consent when taking a ‘Covid–19 vaccine’, because it simply never existed.
Dr Hughes is also calling for an overhaul of the complaints process and clinical negligence in the healthcare system, promoting restorative practice to support families, healthcare workers and patients. Again, I would say, too little too late, Dr Hughes. I will take this opportunity to address Dr Hughes directly. Please share it with her and hopefully she may read it.
Dear Dr Hughes,
As the appointed champion for patient safety, your role is, by your own admission, to listen to patients and to put them at the heart of all decision-making.
You profess to promote patient safety by putting patients first. However, currently there are thousands of patients who have died and hundreds of thousands of patients in the UK who have suffered serious adverse events since taking the Covid–19 vaccines. They followed the science and they followed advice from health professionals like you. Many of them have been trying to make contact with you for three years, with no success. Why won’t you listen to them? Why don’t you ‘put them first’?
It appears your words are just that: words. Actions mean far more than words; what actions are you taking to put those with vaccine injuries first? How long do they have to wait before you hear them, or are you hoping they become too weak to be heard? Perhaps you haven’t got the stomach to hear their stories?
There are many more families who have lost their loved ones, put on an ‘accelerated end of life care plan’ unnecessarily and prematurely. Will you listen to those families who have been stonewalled by managers and staff within the NHS? Will you allow those who witnessed their loved ones’ lives literally being snuffed out in front of their eyes tell their heartbreaking stories? Will you listen to the parents who lost children during draconian lock-ups, when they were not allowed to be with them in their last days?
Can you sleep at night, Dr Hughes? I know I couldn’t in your privileged position. Patient safety shouldn’t even be an issue; it should be a guarantee. Do No Harm. Tender Loving Care.
The NHS should be declared a national emergency
Where is the World Health Organisation when you want them? I am joking. Before you all write in and ask if I am being serious, no, I am not. However, the Guardian reports that many experts are insisting that the next government should declare that the NHS is in a state of national emergency. What that means in simple terms is that the United Kingdom does not have a safe or accessible health service. Patients are being denied cancer treatment. Grave staff shortages and strikes by nurses and doctors have brought an already terminally ill system to its death.
The NHS as we knew it has gone. In an age where we hear the word ‘sustainable’ every day, should we not be accepting that the United Kingdom is far from sustainable. We cannot produce nearly enough food for our population and we cannot help them when they are sick. It seems unthinkable that a developed, ‘democratic’ country has, in 2024, collapsed; but the reality is that it has.
What kind of ‘health service’ do we have to look forward to, and will the NHS still even exist? Look no further than the NHS Long Term Plan and the Blair Institute to see the vision for a second health system. Protect Britain includes another health service that will run in parallel with the NHS. Are you ready for the brave new One Health system that is about to engulf us all? If you aren’t, buckle up; it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the NHS Long Term Plan, I wrote an article in 2022 in which I bullet-point some of the significant changes that we can look forward to. Is the NHS a phoenix or a dinosaur? I fear the latter. Isn’t it too late to herald the NHS as a national emergency? You can’t resuscitate a corpse, after all. Build back better; destroy and demolish first.
Many thanks to everyone who e-mails me. Many, such as the one beneath, bring a tear to my eye. How many more stories like the one below do we have to hear before we all rise up and speak up? How long does this have to go on? The e-mail beneath was sent by Hilary, one of our loyal members and subscribers who has very kindly given us permission to publish her correspondence.
My mum Lois had severe rheumatoid arthritis. She was also quadriplegic. I was her full-time carer after I lost my dad in 2019.
Shortly before my mum passed away in 2020, she had had minor surgery on her scalp for skin cancer. She had a punch biopsy on her scalp as an outpatient. I took her in her wheelchair, as she wasn't strong enough to use her artificial leg.
Previously, I'd sent a photo of the scab on her scalp that I was concerned about to the GP, who remotely arranged an urgent appointment at the local hospital. Nobody told us she was to have the biopsy that day, so we'd not been told to stop her warfarin [blood thinner]. I was concerned about this but I was told it was OK. But it wasn't.
They brought her back to me in the waiting room with a pad stuck on the wound and blood dripping down her back. They just shoved her over to me and told me to keep pressure on it. I had to manoeuvre the wheelchair back to my car with one hand on her head. Nurses saw me struggling but nobody offered to help. I drove home with one hand on her head as much as I could, but you can imagine how hard it was.
I was still putting pressure on the wound hours later. I was exhausted and terrified that she'd by now lost so much blood that it was critical. I called for an ambulance but when they arrived they were really rude with me and told me to just keep pressure on it. Her hair had matted up with blood by this point and the ambulancewoman yanked off the dressing pad and made it twenty times worse. I said it needed cleaning properly but they just said I had to do it.
I can remember having to sleep next to her that night because every time I took pressure off, it bled again. I was so scared that if I fell asleep, she'd bleed out. It was awful.
Needless to say, a few days later she was really poorly and running a temperature, so I knew it was sepsis. I knew she needed IV [intravenous] antibiotics quickly, so I had to ring for an ambulance. When they arrived, one of the ambulance staff was someone I had known a long time ago, so I felt a bit happier about that. But they were refusing to let me go with her. I begged to go but they were adamant. I said I'd drive there myself and meet her there but I was told I'd end up getting arrested. I was distraught.
I left it an hour, then started to ring the hospital, but nobody could tell me where she was or how she was doing. I told them she needed me for constant care but they said she'd be fine and that I couldn't see her.
After many, many phone calls, I was told they had lost her between the two hospitals. Finally, they rang me to say they'd found her, and she was settled on a side ward. I begged to come and see her but they still said no. They said she was OK but I don't know if she'd been given her medication, whether she'd been taken to the toilet or if she'd been fed. [Debi notes: Had she even had a drink?] Again, I was told I would get arrested if I turned up at the hospital, so I was stuck at home absolutely frantic.
Roughly three hours later, around 9 pm, I got a call to say she'd died. Unbelievably, the first thing they said to me was, "Would you like to come and see her?"
When I got there, I said, "If you dare put Covid-19 on her death certificate, I will challenge you, as there was no way she had Covid." She had sepsis and I told them this when they took her in the ambulance. I don't think they administered antibiotics because of her age—she was 78—but I don't know this for certain. They said someone was with her when she passed away, so they must have known she was dying. So why didn't they ring me to go in?
We'd already fought with the GP months earlier, as my mum had found a ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ notice on her notes that she had not agreed to or signed. She was physically disabled but she was extremely intelligent, and there was no way she had agreed to that. The GP said he'd get it taken off her notes but I'm doubting that happened.
It has absolutely broken me. The guilt I feel for not being there for her will haunt me for the rest of my days. It wasn't her time to go, she had a good few years left, so when I hear of the Downing Street parties and I see Matt Hancock with his fake tears and empty insincere apologies, I have to suppress the rage I have within me.
Now that it's all come out about midazolam, I worry that it may have been given to my mum. I'm just so angry and it doesn't get easier.
Our sincere condolences to Hilary and her family. Her precious and beloved mum will not have died in vain, and those responsible will never be forgiven or forgotten. Hilary has further written to me and told me that Lois was very aware of the wickedness that currently surrounds us and always refused Covid injections. Lois was also a treasured UK Column viewer.
Condolences to everyone who may be reading this who has experienced similar horrors. When is enough enough? What will it take for the killing to stop? Dr Hughes, Patient Safety Commissioner, are you listening? If not, why not?
Stories in Brief
Covid-19 vaccination demand plummets; mRNA vaccines in danger
Thank you to Peter for sending me a variety of stories, and this is at last a bit of good news! TrialSite News reports that a collapse in market demand has forced vaccine manufacturers to consider their options from now on. mRNA vaccines in Eastern Europe have been dropped entirely, it appears, leaving the market in a precarious position. Moderna of the USA has been locked out of the European market and Pfizer’s lead position with BioNTech has collapsed. Clearly, the United Kingdom, Western Europe and the USA should follow Eastern Europe’s example.
Thanks to Mike Robinson for alerting me to the Green Apprenticeship Scheme. King Charles, the ‘Green King’, is certainly not taking his foot off the green accelerator pedal. The ‘green’ apprenticeships are heralded as being a ‘bold step towards creating a generation of eco-conscious leaders who will shape a greener and more sustainable future’. How ironic—a ‘sustainable’ future for a country that currently can’t even sustain its own population with food.
The King has been busy since leaving hospital after his prostate surgery. He has announced the return of the Big Help Out campaign. You won’t be surprised to know that this involves the whole country signing up to be a volunteer. Seven million took part last year, and the organisers hope that with help from the monarch, 2024 will see a record number sign up. For those who aren’t as keen on the idea as others, you may wish to arrange something else for 7–9 June.
As the Princess of Wales recovers from abdominal surgery, King Charles recovers from his surgery, and the Duchess of York receives treatment for cancer, it appears that the Duke of Edinburgh now needs time off public engagements. I am expecting some of the minor royals to step into the void. Watch this space for Zara and her husband Mike Tindall. The King is also breaking with tradition as he appoints Rishi Sunak’s former aide as the first female equerry. Captain Kat Anderson will become the King’s ears and eyes.
As I write, the news is dominated by wall-to-wall coverage of King Charles’ recent cancer diagnosis. I am glad the King has benefited from early testing and early treatment. I expect there are many currently on the NHS waiting list with a diagnosis of cancer who wish they could access treatment so rapidly. Maybe this will encourage others to get tested and treated? The King is a great fan of holistic medicine; I will be interested to learn what treatment he has been receiving. Terra Carta, Astra Carta or AstraZeneca—it seems there are no boundaries between holistic and biological medicines. Perhaps King Charles’ disclosure of his diagnosis will ‘save lives’?
I was given an easy natural remedy for the cold and flu season. I even enjoyed making it, which only took minutes. There is something very satisfying about making your own remedies, especially when it works. Win-win!
- Half a cup of raw honey
- 1–2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons turmeric powder
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon powder
- 2 teaspoons ginger
- Half a teaspoon of black pepper
Mix together and stir well, pour into a glass jar (I used a Kilner jar) and store at room temperature. Take a teaspoon a day and give your immune system a boost. If you find the spices too strong, reduce the amount to one teaspoon. You can stir it into milk, juice or warm water; I chose to eat it off the spoon. The only side effect I suffered from was watering eyes from the heat. Phew! Certainly has a kick to it. It goes without saying that if you are allergic to any of the above ingredients, you should give it a wide berth.
In 2024, it appears many of our elderly population are dying of dehydration. If you have relatives, friends or loved ones in a care home or hospital, when did they last have a drink? Do you know? Please ask in case they can’t ask for themselves. No-one should be dying of thirst in 2024.
Until next week. God bless and stand strong, be brave.
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Romans 8:9